Let’s start with the most important question, can a mattress, pillow, or a topper cure your back pain? The resounding answer is NO, it will never really cure your back pain but it can definitely prevent back pain, so if you’re already dealing with this problem then why make it worse!
So let’s go a little deeper and start with mattresses
The best mattress to reduce your back pain or as I said not make it worse should be a memory foam mattress, for the simple reason that it shapes around your body so there will be no friction during the night. Do make sure it’s medium firm for the most stable support of your spine.
The next question is, although we partly answered that already, can my mattress cause back pain? Well, if you don’t have back pain in the first place, especially if it’s not chronic back pain then there’s not much of a chance you end up with that, but obviously if you sleep in the wrong position it could cause some temporarily back pain that should be gone within an hour or two after waking up.
If this happens every day it could result in chronic pain so keep that in mind and as soon as you can afford it (yes memory foam mattresses don’t come cheap) buy one. For a complete buyers guide on the best mattresses to lower back pain I refer you to Free Your Spine as they are the experts in this field. Actually, that link leads to a page about toppers but we’ll get there soon as it’s a much more affordable solution.
How do pillows score in relieving yourself from back pain?
Although your head rests on the pillow and your back not so much we have to look a little deeper to see where the pain comes from. The answer to that in most cases is your spine or better said a misaligned spine is the core of all sorts of back pain and as you know your spine starts in your neck, actually it goes even a little higher but you get the point.
So by aligning your spine you can prevent pain but there are more ways to use a pillow, for example, if you sleep on your back you can put a pillow under your knees to support your spine even more, and if you sleep on your stomach you can put under your lower abdomen to relieve yourself. The best way to sleep is on your side though and for that, there are pillows specifically produced for side sleepers and you’ll see that by the way how it’s shaped.
Last but not least, memory foam toppers
Everyone can afford a pillow or two, but a memory foam mattress often runs in the many hundreds of dollars, the cheapest quality foam mattress costs about five hundred dollars and if you’re on a budget or on social security or other welfare because you aren’t able to work due to your back pain you might not have a spare 500 bucks lying around.
If that’s the case I suggest you go for a topper as they are almost as good as the real thing. A medium firm topper that’s four inches thick runs from eighty to a hundred fifty dollars, depending on the size, eg King size, Queen size, Twin XL, you name it. We’re still talking about memory foam here in case you’re in doubt. Another much thinner one, only 2.5″ but based on gel memory foam starts at $150 for the smallest size up to $250 for the largest size. They aren’t exactly dead cheap but it’s way more affordable then the cheapest memory foam mattress so it’s definitely food for though, especially if it’s urgent.