What is an orthopaedic mattress?

By | December 6, 2012

It may come as a shocking surprise, but back problems are not just reserved for the elderly and it is common place for people of all ages to be complaining about this. In fact, it is said that at least once a year, 49% of people in the UK suffer from lower back strain. If this seems all too familiar, then an orthopaedic mattress might be right up your street.

What does orthopaedic mean?

I know what you might be thinking: it is ridiculously hard to spell and a mouthful to say, so why are they called Orthopaedic Mattresses?

Well, you’ll be relieved to hear there is a logical explanation for this title. Orthopaedics is a study which focuses on disorders or deformities of the spine and joints. Orthopaedic mattresses have therefore been invented as a mattress for bad backs as they are able to  offer targeted support for the back and joints.

Do I really need an orthopaedic mattresses?

A mattress offering ortho support is ideal for those who frequently suffer from back or neck pains, and especially if this pain is worse in the mornings. This is because orthopaedic mattresses have special pressure-relieving properties which are able to provide extra support to those parts of your body which require it the most. This will provide you with sufficient support to maintain a good posture whilst sleeping, which will in turn reduce any suffering you may experience during the day.

An orthopaedic mattress, therefore, is the key to a restful, relaxing sleep.

What type of orthopaedic mattress is right for me?

Orthopaedic Mattresses come in a variety of forms: some include memory foam or latex foam which will keep your spine aligned whilst allowing you to sink directly into the mattress at the same time. Others are firmer which will help to keep your back straight throughout the night.

  • Open coil orthopaedic mattress: As with all open coil mattresses, they will have a gauge rating which will determine the firmness: a higher gauge is best suited for lighter individuals, whereas a lower gauge will be best suited for heavier individuals. In order to provide adequate ortho support, the gauge will need to be low as this will create a firm mattress.
  • Pocket sprung orthopaedic mattress: If you are unaware of the benefits of pocket sprung mattresses, then you are in for a real treat. They have a vast number of springs which are individually encased within their own fabric pocket which enables them to provide tailored support to your sleeping position. Due to their intricate design, pocket sprung mattresses will last longer than coil sprung mattresses, so your orthopaedic mattress will last for even longer. If you choose to go for a pocket sprung orthopaedic mattress, then you should look out for the number of springs the mattress contains because the more springs there are, the firmer the mattress will be.
  • Memory foam orthopaedic mattress: If you haven’t heard about memory foam mattresses then I’d like to know what rock you have been hiding under. Memory foam mattresses are incredibly popular because they use your body heat to mold around your body’s shape to provide unparalleled comfort. Memory foam naturally has a dense cell structure, so they are a great material for orthopaedic mattresses. This will provide a firm sleeping area whilst, at the same time, still relieve pressure points by molding to your sleeping position and help to keep your spine aligned.

Whatever mattresses you decide to opt for, ortho support mattresses will provide you with great support for your back which will in turn help to reduce any suffering you may experience the next day.

Happy sleeping guys!

Naruto Sleeping

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