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Are adjustable beds good for back pain?

Back pain is a very common problem in the UK whether you have sustained back problems from work-related injuries, sport or daily life, it can impact your sleep and make it harder for you to rest at night. If you suffer from back pain at night you may have tried various methods to ease the pain and aches you feel while sleeping, which you may have been successful or unsuccessful with. One of the trending ways to relieve back pain in recent years has been the use of adjustable beds. So, in this article, we explore whether adjustable beds are good for back pain.

Man holding back in bed with back pain

Causes of back pain

Many people suffer from back pain at night as it has become one of the most common health problems across the UK. In 2016 over 31 million work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems in the back, showing how the health issue has increased over recent years. Before deciding on whether an adjustable bed will ease your back pain, it is important that you find the root cause of your problem.

The most common causes of back pain include:

Muscle strain – Muscle strain can occur in the lower back when lifting heavy objects with improper form or in sudden movements that cause tears or stretching of your lower back.

Sciatica – Sciatica pain occurs with compression of the nerves in the lower spine, which leads to pains and numbness in the back. This can then extend down the sciatic nerves down along the legs, all the way to your feet.

Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis occurs gradually and usually more common in older adults. This is when pain occurs by the cartilage between facet joints and spine breaks down. At first, when suffering with this back problem you may only feel occasional pain. However, as the condition progresses you may develop steady pain or sciatica.

All of these health problems can be serious if not treated, this can be prevented and eased if the issue is addressed in the early stages.

Why adjustable beds for back pain

Over the years people have used pillows to ease their back pain at night. However, fortunately, today we have adjustable beds available to aid our sleeping positions properly to reduce the pain of those suffering from back problems. Adjustable beds allow users to relieve their back pain by customising your sleeping position to the most comfortable option. This alleviates back pain by reducing the pressure on the back while sleeping or resting, by distributing weight more evenly to decompress the spine. Whereas with a flat bed mattress your back will have little to no support, so your sleep becomes a lot more uncomfortable. Many back injuries/problems are caused by twisting and turning in ways which lead to strains in the muscles or the spine. Adjustable beds also make it easier for users to get in and out of bed, so the risk of injury is reduced.

Back conditions that will be eased with an adjustable bed

Adjustable beds are found to be very beneficial to the following back problems, by easing the pressure on your back to relieve the pain throughout sleeping and resting:

  • Osteoarthritis – Those that suffer with osteoarthritis may wake up feeling stiff or sore in the morning. By sleeping on an adjustable bed, you will be provided with better support throughout the night. This will reduce pains and aches by minimising compression during your sleep.
  • Spinal Stenosis – If you suffer with spinal stenosis you may feel more comfortable sleeping on an adjustable bed as the reclined position will provide you with more support. This will lead to a better sleep and also alleviate back pain throughout the night.
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis – Sleeping in a reclining position with support under your knees will alleviate some of the pain and discomfort in your back to make it easier for you to sleep and rest.

These are just a few back conditions that will be eased with an adjustable bed, many more back problems can be aided by adjustable beds. So, it is an investment that you should look towards if you suffer from back pain.

Woman holding back in bed with back pain

More ways to reduce your back pain

Using an adjustable bed is just one way to reduce and ease your back pain. There are many other ways that you can alleviate the back pain you witness, so you should look to do implement these to further prevent back problems from impacting your life:

  • Pair your adjustable bed with a supportive mattress such as memory foam or latex to work alongside your bed base in reducing the pressure on your back.
  • If you sleep on your side, keep a pillow between your knees or if you sleep on your back keep a pillow below your knees. With an adjustable bed, you can also elevate your bed slightly to ease your pain further.
  • Try to perform light stretching when waking up and before going to sleep to strengthen your back.
  • If you perform lifting movements in your job you should practice proper lifting techniques, to ensure you are not straining yourself through work and to prevent injuries.
  • Work on improving your posture to ease pressure on the spine.

Adjustable beds will play a great part in easing the pain in your back while sleeping for those with back problems, although you should still look to lead a lifestyle that will suit your problems alongside this. If you are thinking of purchasing an adjustable bed or mattress to reduce your back pain browse our excellent ranges now. Alternatively, contact us today if you have any questions or require further information on our products.

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