Last month when my friend Jagjit singh got a sudden attack of acute back pain , he went through the usual sessions of exercise and physiotherapy. He has also been advised to sleep on orthopedic mattress. We were wondering what it is?
With a lifestyle disease like backache and spinal problems on rise, the market is flooded with orthopaedic mattress, which claim to provide firm back support and other beneficial effects.
But how does one decide which one to pick up?
Companies like Kurlon, springwel, spring air, eclipse, century India all have orthopaedic mattress which they claim are therapeutic in nature with ‘ zero pressure point technology’…..When we lie down our body is subjected to 180 pressure points and with ZPP technology these are reduced. These mattresses are made from ‘ Visco elastic Foam’ or memory foam, high density rubberised coir and bonded foam. The memory foam softens the pressure points and moulds itself to the shape of the body.
However there are people who believe that the concept of orthopaedic mattress is nothing but a marketing gimmick. All that a doctor suggest is that if you have a back problem sleep on hard surface and there is no standardization of mattress available yet. The thumb rule for buying a mattress —is that it should not be too soft, the reason being our spine is “S” shaped hence it is essential that it gets the required support when we lie down. If we sleep on a soft mattress made from normal foam, we would sink into it nad our body will not get the proper support. …….. Orthopaedic mattress feel firm and yet comfortable, so certainly they are better option than lumpy and soft mattress. As an alternative to orthopaedic mattress simple coir mattresses are advisable even spring mattresses that are not too bouncy are good