What is the Best Type of Mattress for Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain that most people complain they have. What is the cause of back pain? Could it be an injury? Could it possibly be the mattress you sleep on? What if the cause of back pain is not physiological but rather psychological. According to Dr. John Sarno, professor of rehabilitation medicine, TMS is a psychosomatic illness causing chronic back, neck, and limb pain which is not relieved by standard medical treatments. He includes other ailments, such as gastrointestinal problems, dermatological disorders and repetitive-strain injuries as TMS related. Sarno states that he has successfully treated over ten thousand patients at the Rusk Institute by educating them on his beliefs of a psychological and emotional basis to their pain and symptoms. Sarno’s theory is, in part, that the pain or GI symptoms are an unconscious “distraction” to aid in the repression of deep unconscious emotional issues. Sarno believes that when patients think about what may be upsetting them in their unconscious, they can defeat their minds’ strategy to repress these powerful emotions.

Foam Mattresses

One mattress manufacture in particular, which is highly recommended is Otis Bed. Otis bed is based out of Buffalo, New York and has been manufacturing foam beds for nearly a hundred years. They specialize also in hospital grade foam beds. They type of density foam they use is around 2.0-2.2. Most foam that you will find in less expensive sofa cushions are 1.3-1.5 which tend to sag and flatten within a few years. Otis foam beds will last at least 10 years. Otis also makes all foam futons. Futons that are all foam don’t contain cotton which is commonly used in most futons. Otis futon mattresses tend to be a lot lighter, more durable and sit very evenly on the futon frame. These foam mattresses are highly recommended for people that have sensitive back issues. The foam will contour more to the body, unlike innerspring mattresses. This will give support to all your joints as well as spine and lumbar. Otis mattresses can also be used on platform beds.

Why More Foam Than Cotton Is Critical

This pressure management mattress is designed for undeniable comfort, individualized comfort, and lifetime durability. Instantaneously conforms to and supports the body regardless of the persons size or weight. In contrast, cotton futon mattresses tend to be denser and firmer but to not contour as much to the spine like good quality foam. Cotton will compress over time and get lumpy and uneven, where Otis foam mattresses will keep their shape for years without bottoming out.


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