“For low back pain, find a mattress that works for you”

We spend approximately a third of our lives lying in bed.  Therefore, we should take extra care in choosing a correct mattress.  So, which one is right for you?

Dr. Jeffrey Katz, professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, recently noted that there wasn’t a lot of research done on this topic.

History would lead us to believe that a firm mattress, or orthopedic mattress, is best.  Contrary to this belief, however, a softer mattress that conforms to your body’s natural curves may help your joints align favorably. “Memory foam” mattresses fit this description well. But you might also sink in so deeply that your joints twist and become painful during the night.

Dr. Katz usually advises his patients to try sleeping on many different mattresses and beds to see which type feels best.  Also, be aware of the position you sleep in.

Studies show what’s best for the average patient in the study.  However, everyone is different.  Explore your options and choose what’s best for you based on your own experience.

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