What is the Best Mattress for Your Back?

In order to answer this question, we need to understand how a mattress affects your back when you sleep.

“A key element in mattress selection for back-pain is making sure that your spine is supported in its natural curvature and that any pressure on bony prominences is relieved,” says Dr. Chetan Patel, Medical Director of the Spine Health Institute at Florida Hospital Altamonte. When you sleep, your mattress will determine how your spine aligns throughout the night. If your mattress is made of any kind of polyurethane or memory foam, you are not going to have the proper support. As you can see to the right, a mattress that takes a body impressions can cause your back to curve, thus causing pain. If you have a mattress that is too firm or straight with no give, then your spine can curve like an S shape, causing severe pain when you try to get out of bed in the morning. Your mattress should help keep your spine aligned where it is straight, thereby relieving back pain.
The most common type of mattress sold today is an innerspring mattress. The innerspring mattress is made up of a layer of metal springs, foam and sometimes a small layer of memory foam. If you were to cut open an innerspring mattress, what you see may come as a surprise to you. You may also be shocked that they most expensive part of your bed is the outer layer or casing that covers the egg carton polyurethane foam and the springs. Springs tend to break down after a few years, causing your bed to sag in the middle. When this happens, your spine will curve with the bed, causing a tremendous amount of back pain. The springs are also very rough on your back alignment because they tend to push more than you want them to, causing your spine to align the wrong way. The key to reducing back pain is proper support, and you just can’t get that from an innerspring mattress.

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Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam was developed in 1966 by NASA to provide a safer seat cushion for aircraft. Memory foam is the same as polyurethane, except it has additional chemicals to give it the quicksand filling. Memory foam is simply not durable, and is therefore not a great investment because you will need to replace it every five to seven years. They other problem with memory foam is that when you lay in it, you kind of sink into the mattress, maybe not at first but as the polyurethane breaks down it loses its ability to reform back to its original shape. Yet another problem with memory foam is temperature - memory foam also sleeps hot and forms with your body temperature. Is it comfortable? Yes, it can be, but at what cost? You have to consider the effect on your health and your sleeping comfort - memory foam is good for neither.

Organic Latex Rubber

Latex rubber has been around since about 1920. One of the biggest reasons organic latex fell off the market was because of the low cost of an innerspring polyurethane foam mattress. Organic latex is safe and does not have the harmful chemicals that other mattresses have. Our organic latex does not break down or cause body impressions. Latex rubber provides great support for your back and helps keep your spine aligned, relieving back pain. Our organic beds are recommended by more than 750 chiropractors around the nation because they are the best mattresses for a bad back. One of the best features of our mattress is the customizability. Our mattresses have two to four layers that can have different levels of firmness on each side of the bed. If your significant other loves that soft feel in their mattress and you need it to be more firm for back support, than our mattresses are perfect for you. Other benefits of our 100% organic mattress:

  • Our latex is hypoallergenic, will not harbor dust mites and is naturally resistant to mold and mildew. This is important for families that suffer from allergies and other allergenic medical complications.
  • Our Latex is pierced with holes, which allows the latex rubber to breathe and is one of the reasons our mattresses do not sleep hot.
  • Our natural latex mattress have different layers, allowing you to unzip your mattress and move layers around to make your side of the bed more comfortable for you.
  • Latex generally prevents motion transfer so you will not disturb your partner when you get in and out of bed.


If you are suffering from back pain and need a new mattress you may want to look at getting an organic mattress from Mountain Air Organic Beds. Ask your doctor what they recommend for a bad back and I’ll bet you that organic latex is number one on their list. If you have any questions about our beds, please visit our website at Mountain Air Organic Beds.