The best mattresses to help with back pain

Back pain is a relatively common ailment that can be caused or aggravated by a variety of factors. There are many different types of back pain, which can vary from mild to severe, including:

-Persistent muscle aches along your spine. These can occur anywhere from the base of your neck, right down to your tail bon

-Chronic ache across your lower back. This is especially common after sitting or standing for long periods of time, e.g. at your desk at work

-Sharp, localised pain in the lower back, upper back or neck. This is especially prevalent after lifting heavy objects incorrectly

-Back pain that radiates down the leg

-Muscle spasms in the lower back

How can different mattress types combat back pain?


We spend an estimated one-third of our lives asleep, so it will come as no surprise that many back problems can be improved dramatically by the type of mattress we have. Here are some of the different types of mattresses that have been proven to help with back pain

Memory Foam

Perhaps the most well-known on this list, memory foam mattresses have taken the world by storm in recent years. Traditional memory foam works by softening when it comes into contact with body heat, molding to the shape of your body as you sleep and creating a warm, hug-like experience. Another great thing about memory foam is that it bounces back to its normal shape once you get out of bed, so it will be as good as new for the following night.


Orthopedic mattresses tend to be better for people who get hot when they sleep, as the ‘hug effect’ of memory foam can be uncomfortable in higher temperatures. Due to being extra-firm, orthopedic mattresses do tend to offer more support than their softer counterparts as they distribute your weight evenly and reduce pressure points across your spine.


While they used to be found exclusively in hospitals, adjustable mattresses have become more popular in the home over the years. These types of mattresses are especially useful for helping with many different types of back pain, as it’s possible to adjust the mattress to your spine’s natural curvature, which eases discomfort and helps to improve even long-term conditions.

When could back pain be serious?

According to the NHS Website, back pain often subsides on its own over a few weeks or months. However, there are instances where it could be a sign of something more serious. If you are suffering from very severe back pain (to the point where it is stopping you from doing day-to-day activities), or the pain is getting worse and you are struggling to cope, we recommend booking an appointment to see your GP.

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