Back and joint pains explained (and which mattress to AVOID)

Back and joint pains are an increasingly common niggling health issue. Approximately 80% of adults face issues with back pain in their life; some temporary, some long-lasting. 

Whether your pains were caused by accident, strenuous activity, moving awkwardly or an unavoidable health issue, back pain can be debilitating and have a serious impact on your day-to-day.

We look at some ways you can seek pressure relief from your back and joint aches, including exercise, posture and buying an orthopaedic mattress for back pain.

So which mattress are bad for back pain?

Open Coil mattresses are firm mattresses which are gauged by the weight and distribution of the individual, however these are often seen as less effective, as the coils deteriorate over time.

Pocket sprung mattresses however are seen as more effective as they contain individual coil springs within one single pocket. This makes the mattress shape to the body more effectively and generally lasts longer than open coil mattresses.

The most popular orthopaedic mattress is memory foam. The mattress uses body heat to mould to the body shape and provides a higher level of comfort whilst aligning your spine and releasing pressure points.

All types of orthopaedic mattresses are highly effective, however pocket sprung and memory foam are generally more effective as they last longer and offer more comfort. Consequently if you are looking for a mattress to relieve back pain then investing in orthopaedic mattresses can significantly improve and heal your back, leaving you waking up after a good night’s sleep with potentially less pain than the day before, such as like this according to WebMD.

  • If you are a side sleeper then make sure to buy the right mattress, and also to turn your body every so often in the night, to make sure that circulation is maintained.
  • Motion isolation refers to a bed’s ability to absorb motion when someone gets up or shifts position, and isolate this motion to one side of the mattress.
  • Motion isolation is important to people with fibromyalgia because they often experience noise sensitivity, and may awaken easily on a bed that does not minimize motion.


Heat and cold sensitivity is another common symptom of fibromyalgia, and people with this condition may sleep excessively hot or cold as a result. Mattresses with springs tend to have better airflow than those with solid base layers (such as foam and latex models), allowing sleepers to remain cooler throughout the night.


Many mattress brands and retailers offer sleep trials that last anywhere from 60 to 365 nights in length. In most cases, customers can test out the mattress for the entire duration and return or exchange their bed if they are not satisfied by the end of the sleep trial.


People with fibromyalgia can take advantage of sleep trial offers to determine if the mattress they have chosen will work in the long-term.

Try and adopt a sleeping position which creates less  physical stress on the back first thing in the morning.  For example, lay on your side and not on your front with  your neck twisted. When you wake up, try some gentle stretches, such as drawing your knees to your chest,  before getting out of bed. For more tips and information, view the video to the right or …

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