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How to choose the best mattress for lower back pain

How to choose the best mattress for lower back pain

Lower back pain is a common issue for adults in New Zealand. It affects your quality of life and complicates sleep. If you’re looking to reduce or prevent lower back issues, your mattress should be a key consideration.

A mattress promoting correct spinal alignment can help stop back pain from starting in the first place, and for people who already suffer from back problems, a quality mattress can provide all-important relief and support.

Our guide to the best mattresses for lower back pain in New Zealand will help you figure out which mattress could be right for you.

How can your mattress affect back pain?

The lower back has more curvature and range of motion than the rest of your back, which makes it more susceptible to injury from incorrect alignment. If a mattress offers insufficient support, your lower back may twist or bend in an unnatural way. If the bed is too soft or dips in the middle, your hips may sink deeply into the mattress and out of alignment with your lumbar area. Conversely, if the mattress is too firm, your hips may sit too high.

Respected medical journal The Lancet has published a study finding that moderately firm or medium mattresses provide the best support with contouring for your impact points, and help relieve and prevent lower back pain.

Mattress features that can relieve lower back pain:

  • Zoned support

Body weight is not distributed evenly while lying down. A zoned mattress takes this into account and offers reinforced support for your torso, hips and buttocks, which carry the most weight.

  • Latex

Latex is a popular mattress material for people with back pain as it contours to the body without sinking too deeply.

  • Foam

Foam offers deep contouring, which is most likely to offer back pain relief for people who sleep on their side; the side of your body has several sharper impact points than your stomach or back.

Here are some of the best mattresses for sore backs in New Zealand:

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Copenhagen Sensation Supreme by Tempur

This mattress is excellent for back pain relief as the Tempur-RESPONSE material softens to the warmth of your body to provide adaptive support to each of your impact points while you sleep. While the mattress is medium-firm, the quilted pillow top adds a feeling of soft luxury to the more solid support core.

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Energise Mattress by Design Mobel
This high-quality latex mattress provides contouring for your body without allowing your hips or shoulders to sink and misalign your spine. It is built specifically for gentle back support and reduced impact on pressure points, and will last for years and years!
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Augusta Collection by Sealy Posturepedic

The Sealy Posturepedic range was developed for maximum orthopedic support, and the Augusta mattresses are some of the most premium offerings from the range. These mattresses employ a Responsive Support Technology spring system for maximum back support, pain relief and prevention, and the plush toppings add a layer of extra comfort.

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Majestic Mattress by Sealy Posturepedic

The Majestic mattress is good for people with back pain because it combines the benefits of latex and innersprings in a zoned support system. The latex core provides maximum contouring in the centre third of the Majestic for the lower back, and the innersprings throughout the whole mattress support correct alignment. You won’t be waking up with a sore back if you’re sleeping on this!

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Legend Medium Mattress by Sleepmaker

The Legend relieves and prevents back pain with a combination of wool and foam comfort layers which cradle the contours of your body and absorb movement for a less disturbed sleep, along with an innerspring unit to promote correct alignment.


Get in touch with the Bedpost team to learn more about which mattress is right for your sore back!

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