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Back pain is a daily fact of life for millions of Americans each year. “In the United States, the lifetime prevalence of back pain is approximately 80%, with a one-year prevalence rate of 15% to 20%, the highest prevalence is in the 45 to 64 age group,” reports the Cleveland Clinic. For those who suffer from short or long-term back pain, the immediate desire is relief or the ability to manage the pain, which is at the very least, uncomfortable and can be significantly negatively impact one’s quality of life.
Back Pain Causes
Before seeking out treatment options, it’s a good idea to explore many of the potential sources of back pain among the general population—especially considering that such a large chunk of the population is susceptible to it. Back pain can be attributed to any number of different reasons, which include many of the following:
- Employment related injuries
- Repetitive motions
- Poor posture
- Sleeping on a poor mattress
- Improper lifting practices
- Muscle strain
- Sports injuries
- Auto accidents
- Medical conditions
The list goes on and on. For those who suffer from back pain, it is best to get to the heart of the potential causes, especially to rule out potential medical conditions before dismissing the pain to something as simple as a pulled muscle or a bad night’s sleep—especially if the pain continues for more than a couple of days.
Can Something as Simple as a Mattress Relieve Back Pain?
For many years, people who suffered from chronic back pain were recommended to seek out the best firm mattress their budgets could afford. However, this may not be the case for everyone as those who are aging may need a different type of support to help prevent back pain.
According to WebMD Health News, researchers in Spain have determined that people who use medium-firm mattresses are “twice as likely to report improvements in lower back pain compared to those who sleep on more firm bedding.”
Of course, the debate still rages between orthopedic surgeons and chiropractors. Orthopedic surgeons by and large recommend firmer mattresses to patients while chiropractors argue that moderately firm mattresses work best because the spine needs support that has a little bit of give in order to support its curves. The equalized support of a medium-firm mattress is much better for aging spines.
The medium-firm mattress is also the best mattress for side sleepers who need the “curve support” even more than those who sleep on their backs. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended for anyone who suffers from back pain as this will often lead to a completely misaligned spine and, by default, more back pain.
Natural Latex mattresses provide a healthy compromise between the firmness you need to properly support the proper alignment of your spine without being so firm that cause additional strain on sensitive pressure points. Another benefit to latex is that they tend to last longer than traditional mattresses before their resilience and structure gives way. At the very least, they are worth more than a second glance as you explore your mattress options in an effort to relieve back pain.
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