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Why should you choose an orthopaedic mattress?
There are numerous reasons people suffer from back and neck pain.
It can as easily affect the elderly as it does a student hard at work, studying for tests bent over at his desk, or a middle-aged employee working a 9-5 office job.
It is safe to assume that each age group has its own reasons for suffering from back pain - but we can all do something about the reasons that are actually in our control, like a bad mattress or an old slatted frame.
To ensure pain-free sleep, it is important that you are well supported by a mattress that takes the pressure off your back and keeps your spine straight.
This is definitely something a good orthopaedic mattress can help with.
It may not be the only solution to the problem, but it is already a first step in the right direction.
Specifically designed to offer excellent support and superior comfort, an orthopaedic mattress has many advantages.
- Optimal support and comfort
- Firm surface to help reduce rotational movements
- Uniform body weight distribution to prevent the build-up of pressure points, particularly in the neck, back, and hip areas
- Correct spinal alignment to help relieve stress on the spine and reduce back pain
- Helps you adopt a good posture during your sleep, promoting healthier blood circulation throughout the night
Criteria for choosing an orthopaedic mattress
A good orthopaedic mattress can relieve or even completely eliminate back pain.
Ideally, a quality orthopaedic mattress is made of pressure-reducing materials and offers sufficient bounce, sinkage, and support to keep your spine in a healthy alignment and relieve tension.
The right degree of firmness to relieve pressure
The right degree of firmness will depend on your body type and preferred sleeping position.
Heavier-weight people or those sleeping solely on their backs or stomachs need more support, especially in the pelvic area, and should thus choose a firmer model.
A high-quality orthopaedic mattress not only has the right degree of firmness but it also incorporates pressure-reducing materials.
Ideally, it should be very point-elastic. That way, the spine will remain in a healthy, straight alignment, which will aid tension release.
A good orthopaedic mattress needs to be very comfortable.
Yet, it must support the body sufficiently, especially on pressure points such as the shoulder and pelvic regions.
When purchasing, pay attention to the density of the mattress (weight per m³).
The higher the density, the better.
The right size
Choosing the right mattress size is essential for superior comfort.
The right size depends on your needs and preferences.
Do you sleep alone or with your partner? Are you tall or short? What is the size of your bedroom?
The choice and quality of the material
A good orthopaedic mattress relieves pressure points.
All of these materials have a high elasticity to relieve tension.
Look for point elasticity in your mattress. This means that the mattress only gives way where the body exerts direct pressure on the mattress.
This helps relieve tension.
A popular variant of an orthopaedic mattress is the 7-zone cold foam mattress.
Its integrated comfort zones ensure that you sink deeper into the mattress in heavier body areas, such as the loins and pelvis.
You are simultaneously supported in lighter areas, such as the head and neck.
But even mattresses without zoning often have excellent ergonomic properties.
What density should I choose for my orthopaedic mattress?
It is important to consider the density of a mattress.
This is important for the mattress to properly maintain your body weight and prevent back pain.
- 24 kg / m³ mattresses are for children under 10 years of age.
- 35 kg / m³ mattresses are for medium-weight sleepers.
- Mattresses over 40 kg / m³ are for ideal heavier-weight people to properly maintain healthy spinal alignment.
- Mattresses over 80 kg / m³ are for couples with a large build and chronic back pain.
When choosing your mattress, you should also look at the contour or support zones.
In general, mattresses sold in specialised stores have only 3 support zones: head, back, and legs.
It is easier to find online mattresses with five support zones - head, shoulders, back, thighs, and feet.
The latest technology mattresses offer two additional support zones, the calves and the kidneys, bringing the total to 7 contour zones.
In our opinion, the Emma Original mattress is a wonderful orthopaedic model.
It offers excellent value for money, adapts well to the body, and reduces overall tension in the body.
That said, it a little on the soft side.
Choose an orthopaedic mattress that's right for you, depending on your budget and sleeping preferences.
If you do suffer from chronic back pain, you may want to seek the advice and guidance of a medical professional.
And remember that it is always worth investing - this does affect your health and wellbeing, after all.