What Type of Mattress is Best for Your Back?

In a recent study, more than 100 test subjects were randomly assigned a waterbed, body-conforming mattress or traditional firm spring mattress. The subjects were evaluated before and after sleeping on their assigned mattresses for 30 days. Effects evaluated included the subjects’ reported back pain levels, daily functioning and amount of sleep achieved per night.

While researchers found no significant difference between those sleeping on waterbeds and those sleeping on foam mattresses, they did find them both superior to the hard mattress. And while everyone responds differently, those suffering from back pains that sleep on a hard mattress may wish to consider changing to softer, less stiff foam containing mattress or perhaps even those once very popular waterbeds.

At our Baxter Village chiropractor office, our holistic approach to back pain and other common complaints begins with a whole body assessment including orthopedic and neurologic evaluations and a nutritional profile to help identify nutritional deficiencies which can be an underlying cause of certain pain syndromes.  Our whole-body system of care includes joint mobilization, individualized exercise, therapeutic massage and nutritional support.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (803) 412-2240.

A Little Pillow Talk to Help You Sleep Better

Just as a bad mattress can really do a number on your body, an unsupportive pillow can be equally harmful to your rest and health. Improper rest may lead to a myriad of health issues including weight gain and hormone imbalances. Neck pain, headache and arms tingling or numb are often caused or aggravated by poor sleep postures.

Most people sleep on both their back and side sometime during the night. These are two completely different postures for your neck.

On your back, your pillow should not lift your head up so much that you stare at your toes. The natural forward curve of your neck should be supported so that you’re actually staring at the ceiling. Remember this is a sleep pillow not a watch TV pillow.
 
While side sleeping, your NECK should be straight. Your pillow should not be so thin or soft that your head is tilted down. This often leads to propping up with an arm during the night. The pillow should also not be so thick as to tilt your head up.

It should be obvious now that a typical pillow is not appropriate for side and back sleeping. At Hall Chiropractic Center we custom fit pillows for each patient putting their spine in the proper posture and allowing for a comfortable, healthful night’s sleep.

Please come by or call us at (803) 412-2240 to discuss pillows or any other health concern with Dr. Hall. He has been helping people live happier, healthier lives for over 25 years.