Choosing the right type of mattress can help with your back pain. Although there is no fool-proof way to predict if it will be the right mattress for you, there are a few things you can do BEFORE you buy that might help you:
- Research before shopping. Search online or ask for recommendations for mattresses. Just make sure to use resources that provide information instead of a sales pitch.
- Talk to your chiropractor. I get asked all the time to recommend mattresses. Talk to your chiropractor, they will probably have good advice about what mattress may work best for you.
- Firm mattresses aren’t always better for your back. Research has shown that the best mattresses for low back pain are medium firm mattresses. There is a difference between firm support and a firm feel.
- Consider an Adjustable bed. If you tend to be more comfortable sitting in a recliner than lying down, an adjustable bed might be a good fit for you. They allow you to elevate your head and knees to relieve pressure on the low back.
- Check for money-back guarantees. Some brands will offer a 30 day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. So if you are trying a new type of mattress see if you can send it back if you change your mind.
- Ask for the warranty. A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10 year full replacement or non-prorated warranty.
- Test the mattress in the store. You test-drive a car before purchasing it. Do the same thing for your mattress! Try to spend at least 10 minutes lying on the mattress in the store. That will give you a real feel for it.
- Explore your options. Conduct a comfort test in the store. Ask to try a firm, plush, and pillow top mattress in the same brand and price point. When you find the most comfortable mattress, ask to see more of that kind in other brands.