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Are Latex Mattresses Good for Back Pain?

Are Latex Mattresses Good for Back Pain?

If you are someone who suffers from chronic back pain, you’ve probably heard that your mattress could be to blame. But few people offer details on the changes you can make to your mattress or in your choice of mattress that will make a real difference as far as your back pain is concerned. That is beginning to change. Natural latex mattresses are ideal choices for people who experience significant back pain.

In fact, WebMD sleep expert, Michael Breus, recommends latex as one of the best mattress materials for providing the type of support or “push back” to aid with back pain while offering excellent comfort, similar to memory foam. Before diving into the many reasons natural latex mattresses are superior choices for back pain, it’s a good idea to explore how large the back pain problem is.

How Widespread is the Back Pain Problem?

Even if you’re not experiencing back pain today, it needs to be on your radar when choosing a mattress. For instance, the American Chiropractic Association reports that at any given time, there are more than 31 million Americans dealing with low back pain. More importantly, 80 percent of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. This is one time when the odds are certainly not in your favor. The right mattress, though, can provide exceptional relief, and may even help to prevent some of the common causes of back pain.

Mechanical Causes of Back Pain

There are different causes of back pain as you likely know. Mechanical back pain is often related to movement or positioning. Unsupportive or sagging mattresses can lead to major, prolonged back pain experiences. Other causes include:

  • Falling
  • Stepping wrong
  • Auto accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle strain
  • Repetitive motions
  • Work-related injuries, accidents, and movements
  • Heavy lifting / improper lifting (with the back rather than the legs)
  • Awkward sleep positions
  • Reaching for objects in awkward positions
  • Bending improperly

Health Conditions that Cause Back Pain

There are also some health conditions that can lead to back pain as well. They include a variety of conditions, including:

  • Kidney stones
  • Obesity
  • Posture-related pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Blood clots
  • Disc diseases and disorders
  • Diseases impacting internal organs
  • Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases
  • Endometriosis

Americans miss a lot of work each year due to pack pain, and productivity suffers even among workers who make the effort to go to work when suffering from back pain.

How Do You Reduce the Back Pain Problem?

Prevention is the best cure for many problems related to back pain. This means doing all of the following.

  • Working out to stay fit and healthy.
  • Engaging in exercises that promote healthy movement and range of motion.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Sleeping on a mattress that provides adequate support.

The underlying goal when choosing a mattress is to select one that minimizes curves in the spine while you sleep, reduces muscle strain, and promotes good sleep posture.

Another possible culprit to consider for your back pain problem is your sleep position. For instance, people who sleep on their sides and stomachs face greater risks of poor spinal alignment than those who sleep on their backs.

The right mattress can help mitigate some of the alignment issues associated with side sleeping as well as the pressure point pain many side sleepers experiences., while those who sleep on their stomachs are strongly encouraged to adapt to new sleep positions (side or back) to relieve their back pain.

Risk Factors for Developing Back Pain

While back pain is something that can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life, some people are at greater risk than others. The following risk factors can contribute greatly to your likelihood of developing back pain according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • While back pain can affect people of all ages, the first occurrences usually take place between the ages of 30 and 50, and become more common as you age.
  • Physical fitness. Those who are less physically fit experience back pain more frequently because they don’t have the core muscle strength necessary to support strenuous activity when it becomes necessary.
  • Everything is shifting and moving, and the back often bears the brunt of the pain.
  • The added weight places a strain on your back. This is especially the case with sudden or rapid weight gain.
  • Work-related back pain. While most people anticipate back pain in jobs that require frequent lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, etc., many are surprised to learn that desk jobs, where people sit for long hours, can be equally problematic.
  • Heavy backpacks. Overloading backpacks has led to an increase in the number of children, teens, and young adults (college students) who experience back pain.

The greater your risks of developing back pain, the more important it becomes to consider ways to minimize your risks, like purchasing a long-lasting, ultra-supportive natural latex mattress, like the Eco Terra mattress.

How Can a Natural Latex Mattress Help?

Latex mattresses offer many benefits to those living with chronic back pain as well as those hoping to avoid preventable back pain. Among the ways natural latex can be essential in relieving and preventing back pain are the following:

  • Natural buoyancy contours to your body offering unsurpassed support for your curves. Latex is made of the sap of rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis). The same bounciness associated with rubber can be found in latex mattresses, allowing the mattress to conform to the curves of your body in a manner that promotes better alignment.
  • Adequate firmness to support spinal alignment. Proper spinal alignment is essential for a healthy spine, and to reduce unnecessary back pain. Natural latex mattresses are ideal choices for healthy alignment. Especially if you choose a medium-firm or firm mattress.
  • Healthy choices. Many conditions that cause inflammation also cause back pain. Unfortunately, mattresses made with harmful chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fillers, and more can cause health conditions that lead to inflammation and promote back pain. The Eco Terra natural latex mattress contains none of these harmful ingredients while offering all the benefits you desire when choosing a latex mattress for your sleep needs.
  • Extremely breathable. The ability of air to flow freely through the mattress means less tossing and turning from discomfort due to heat. This means you have a lower risk of low back strain from the Olympic sport of sheet wrestling during the night.

A better night’s sleep is the best gift you can give your body when experiencing low back pain. Your body heals itself while you sleep. Sleep that is continuously disrupted due to low back pain, an unsupportive mattress, or even overheating while you sleep doesn’t allow your body to recover and renew the way it should.

Eco Terra Mattress for Back Pain

It may sound too good to be true that something as simple as a new mattress could make a world of difference for your back pain. At Eco Terra, we believe in letting our mattresses do the talking by offering you a risk-free 90-night opportunity to experience our mattress for yourself, so you can see the difference they make for back pain, sleep quality, and so much more. If you’re not satisfied with the results within the first 90 nights, send it back to us for a full refund. You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain by trying our mattresses on for size.

Patrick Gunther

Patrick is an accomplished writer. He has been in the retail mattress space for the past 9 years, and more specifically in the natural mattress niche. He blogs on the subjects of natural mattresses, sleep, health, fitness, and green living.