Orthopaedic mattresses – good marketing or pure reality?

Orthopaedic mattresses – good marketing or pure reality?

In medical terms, orthopaedics is the medical branch that treats our musculoskeletal system, including muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Many musculoskeletal pathologies are caused by sleeping in incorrect positions. If you spend sleepless nights with back pain, you have probably been lured into buying an 'orthopaedic' mattress which, by association with the medical term, will look after your posture while you sleep


The truth is that an 'orthopaedic' mattress is any mattress that guarantees an ideal adaptation to the user's biotype (i.e., adequacy to weight and height) and helps in the prevention of postural problems, among others.

Even so, a mattress alone does not complete the 'orthopaedic' solution for a restful night's sleep. It should be complemented with a good pillow that will perform a fundamental role in correcting our posture while we sleep.


Generally, the mattress industry describes a foam mattress with viscoelastic foam in the top layer as orthopaedic because they provide an optimal distribution of the body's pressure. The viscoelastic foam adapts to the body weight and returns to its original position when we stand up. That is why hospital mattresses contain this material, avoiding bedsores, common in bedridden patients.


To select the most suitable products for your needs, you should consider the following aspects:

User's anatomy: each part of our body exerts different types of pressure. This pressure changes depending on the user's characteristics: gender, weight, height, among others. A heavier user will need a smaller layer of viscoelastic foam in the mattress to prevent it from sinking. A lighter person can choose a mattress with more viscoelastic foam because it won't sink so much.

Hardness: a mattress should be firm enough to avoid sinking, but soft enough to feel comfortable. However, this choice also depends on the user's, since there are people who prefer a harder mattress and others who value a softer mattress.

Alone or accompanied: when sleeping with someone, the different body types and needs should be considered to achieve the best balance, leaning towards the heavier person. We should choose foams that isolate movement to avoid one person waking up when the other one moves (for example, high resilience foams or our Energex, which combines the pressure-relieving capacities of viscoelastic foam with the resilience of a high resilience foam). Then we should always consider foams with at least 30kg to ensure the durability and support of the mattress.

Sleeping position: The position in which you sleep should be considered when choosing a mattress and a pillow. For example, if you sleep on your side, you will need a cervical pillow to support the curve between your neck and the mattress. If you sleep on your stomach, a flat, lower pillow will be enough to keep your spine aligned with the rest of your body.


It is important to bear in mind that a good mattress does not cure existing problems such as spine misalignment (lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis). It is, however, a solution for the prevention of musculoskeletal problems and it can also attenuate some of the symptoms of existing pathologies.


In short, any mattress that meets your body's needs is an ideal rest solution.

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