Sciatica Series: 22. Choosing a Mattress for Back Pain and/or Sciatica

Finding a comfortable mattress is a very personal choice, but here are some guidelines:

1. The base of the mattress should be firm enough to support your spine in a straight position (spine should be in an S-curve as opposed to a C-curve).

2. The mattress does not allow sagging. See photos to compare: supine straight and supine sagging, side lying straight and side lying saggy, prone straight and prone saggy.

3. The upper layer of the mattress should be comfortable and conforming, reducing the pressure at the contact points.

4. Medium-firm mattresses have been found to be better for back pain than firm mattresses.

5. If you are a smaller person with less prominent curves, you will likely be able to tolerate a moderately firm foundation mattress with a firmer top. You won’t sink into the mattress easily because of your size and because you have less prominent curves you can tolerate a firmer top.

6. If you are a heavier person with prominent curves you will likely require a firm foundation mattress with a less firm top. You will likely sink into the mattress easily because of your size and because you have prominent curves you will benefit from a less firm top.

Check out the full Sciatica series of videos along with downloadable guide sheets for each video on our website.

DISCLAIMER We insist that you see a physician before starting this video series. Furthermore, this video series is not designed to replace the treatment of a professional: physician, osteopath, physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon, or chiropractor. It may however serve as an adjunct. Do not go against the advice of your health care professional. When under the care of a professional make certain that they approve of all that you try. This information is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Any information given about back-related conditions, treatments, and products is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this publication. Before starting an exercise program, consult a physician.

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