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Ask a Chiropractor: Mattress Recommendations

by SleePare

By Emily Stringer | 5 Minute Read

Back pain is one of the most common health issues in the United States. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any time, and an estimated 80% of the population in the U.S. will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. 

Back pain is caused by several different factors including: 

  • Sports injuries 
  • Injuries to the joints, ligaments, and muscles of the back/spine
  • Accidents 
  • Arthritis 
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity 

Are you experiencing back pain outside of health issues and injuries? Do you find yourself waking up feeling tired and sore? If so, your mattress and sleep position are most likely to blame. If you experience any of the following, it’s time for a new mattress:

  • Frequent waking
  • Tossing and turning 
  • Inability to get comfortable
  • Increased pressure on certain body parts 
  • Pain going away about 20-30 minutes after waking up 

Luckily, you can eliminate or help ease back pain by upgrading to a chiropractor approved mattress.

Read on to find out more about how chiropractor recommended mattresses can help with your back pain. 

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Chiropractor Recommendations for Buying Mattresses

When searching for a mattress that helps with back pain, there are two important things to consider: type of mattress and firmness. Regardless of what mattress you choose, chiropractors recommend a mattress that contours the curves of your body for ideal spinal alignment. 

From high-tech foams, innovative hybrids, and long-lasting latex, there are more mattresses than ever to choose from. Here’s what chiropractors recommend. 

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1. Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses contours and conforms to your body and offers superior conforming support. It uniformly distributes your weight and keeps your spine aligned in all sleep positions, which is why memory foam mattresses are recommended for back pain. Memory foam also helps relieve pressure points and reduce pain in sensitive areas along the hips, shoulders, and back.

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2. Latex Foam

Latex is an underrated yet excellent mattress material. In recent years, organic latex mattresses have become some of the best selling mattresses thanks to their longevity, natural materials, and hypoallergenic properties. Talalay latex, an all-natural latex used in many of the best selling latex mattresses, is ideal for cushioning your lumbar region and offering cradling support to your strained muscles. 

Latex mattresses are just firm enough without being hard and uncomfortable to provide adequate support. 

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3. Hybrid Mattresses

A hybrid mattress combines support coils with a comfort layer of memory foam, latex, or polyfoam. The support coils coupled with the comfort layer of memory foam create a perfectly firm layer that promotes proper spinal alignment and contouring.

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Find a Firmness that Complements Your Sleep Position 

While your choice of firmness or comfort level may boil down to personal preference, chiropractors recommend choosing a mattress with a firmness that agrees with your sleeping habits. 

Dr. Steven Shoshany, a prominent NYC chiropractor, recommends buyers to be mindful of the firmness they are choosing:

“Make sure you have a firm mattress that keeps the spine aligned and supports the spinal curvatures.”

It might take some time to get used to, but some mild discomfort on your new mattress is worth it for a life free of back pain.

Did you know different sleep positions require different sleep surfaces? If you find yourself sleeping in a certain position and waking up with aches and pains, you probably need a different firmness level. Read on to find out the best firmness for your sleep position. 

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1. Side Sleeping

Side sleeping is the most common sleep position. For snoozing on your side, a soft to medium-firm sleep surface is ideal. The mattress should have adequate give to allow your hips and shoulders to sink in, while at the same time supporting your flank for proper spinal alignment. For added comfort, place a soft pillow or a rolled-up towel between your knees. 

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2. Stomach Sleeping 

Bad news for stomach sleepers. Sleeping on your stomach can cause unnecessary strain on your neck and back. To minimize discomfort, a medium to medium-firm mattress is ideal. If you find yourself sleeping on your stomach, it can be difficult to stop. If you’ve tried and failed to sleep in a different position, try sleeping without a pillow, or with a thinner pillow to prevent neck strain. Or, place a pillow under your pelvis to prevent lower back strain. 

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3. Back Sleeping

Sleeping on your back is the best position for keeping your spine in a neutral position minimizing pressure and strain. If you’re a back sleeper, try a harder mattress for improved contouring or a medium-firm to firm mattress for lumbar curve support. This firmness level also minimizes back and hip pain. 

If you change your sleep positions often (combination sleeper), chiropractors recommend visiting a mattress store and trying out different firmness levels to find the best one for you. Before purchasing a mattress, double check trials and warranties

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Ensure Durability for Lasting Support

When purchasing a mattress, it’s important to do your research to make sure you're getting a quality product, paying a fair price, and that the firmness level will accommodate your back issues. One of the main questions most people have when shopping for a mattress is, “how long will it last?” 

From your body weight to the mattress type, there are several factors to consider when deciding mattress durability. Here are a few things to consider that will help determine the durability and longevity of a mattress. 

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1. Foam Density

Density determines how long a foam will stay intact or not sag, a common concern with mattresses. Higher density mattresses will maintain consistent support for longer, making them a better value. 

Consider your weight and build when looking for a new mattress. If you’re lightweight, you can go with a low or medium density foam. However, if you’re heavier, a higher density mattress will be your best bet. 

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2. Coil Count and Gauge

Hybrid and innerspring mattresses contain coils for support. To make sure you get the support you need, purchase a mattress with a higher coil count. 

Coil count refers to the number of springs in the mattress and coil gauge measures strength. More springs indicate better contouring. Lower coil gauge mattresses are more durable and offer stronger support. 

Low gauge coils are more resilient but make for a harder sleep surface. Most mattresses use small gauge coils for edge support and higher gauge coils for the rest of the sleep surface. 

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3. Warranty

While density ensures the longevity of your sleep surface, the warranty protects you in case your mattress has any manufacturing defects. Before making a purchase, double-check the warranty, trial periods, and return policies. 

Choose Mattress Thickness According to Your Weight

Mattress thickness plays a significant role in your chiropractic care and should correspond to your body weight, build, and sleep position. When it comes to mattresses, sometimes you might have to play Goldilocks until you find the one that is just right.

Sleeping on a mattress that does not accommodate your body can increase your aches and pains. If you are receiving chiropractic treatment, this can counteract your progress. 

Read to find out what thickness works best for your body type. 

1. Lightweight

A 10” high mattress is thick enough for lightweight sleepers. It provides a perfect mix of comfort and support for them. A thicker mattress may not allow lightweight sleepers to engage the support core and will leave them feeling unsupported. 

2. Average Build

A mattress with 10” – 12” thickness is the best for average weight sleepers. This level engagnes the support core while aligning your spine, hips and shoulders. A properly engaged support core will keep your spine aligned. 

3. Bigger Build

Those with a heavier build require a more supportive and cushioning sleep surface and ideally will need a 12” mattress. This thickness provides proper support and spine alignment to prevent pain and pressure.

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Why Most Chiropractors Recommend Checking Mattresses In-Store Before Buying

Disturbed sleep leads to serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and decreased cognitive functioning. If you are sleeping on an ill-fitting mattress your sleep quality will suffer. Chiropractors recommend you try the sleep surface in-store and ensure it’s the right fit.

This is highly beneficial for the following reasons:

  • You can choose firmness levels based on personal preference.
  • You can compare a wide range of mattress types.
  • You can consult sleep experts and industry experts.

At SleePare mattress showrooms in NYC, you can consult Dr. Shoshany, an in-house chiropractor, to choose the beds which are best for your specific needs.

Online shopping, on the other hand, can be risky because you can only check the mattress once it arrives. While mattress returns are possible, you can get stuck with your unwanted purchase. This is why it is so important to check for warranties and returns. 

Now that you know the chiropractic mattress recommendations for choosing the best bed, here are some of the top chiropractic approved mattresses.

The 5 Best Chiropractor Endorsed Mattresses

Saatva

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Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Saatva Features 

Comfort

95

 
 

Support

92

 
 

Temperature Regulation

92

 
 

Durability

85

 
 

Overall Value

95

 
 
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Pros:

Luxury mattress

15 year warranty

Return policy

120 night free trial

Cons:

Slow delivery

$99 return fee

GIVE IT A TRY

Saatva Classic mattress offers a luxury twist to the classic innerspring mattress. Approved by the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations for backache relief, the Saatva Classic mattress guarantees excellent sleep and a quality product at a fair price. 

The Saatva Classic is a luxury hybrid innerspring mattress constructed with coiled support and eco-friendly foam. The innerspring coils and memory foam padding allow this mattress to contour to your body for exceptional support and comfort. One of the main features of the Saatva Classic is the Lumbar Zone. This active layer, constructed with coils, provides an additional layer of support to prevent lower back pain, a common complaint among those who suffer from back problems. 

This mattress is available in three firmness levels: plush, firm, and luxury firm. Each firmness level is designed to accommodate different sleeping positions appealing to a larger market. This inclusive offering allows for anyone regardless of sleep position to experience the comfort of this chiropractor recommended mattress. If you suffer from back pain, chiropractors recommend the luxury firm option for optimal pressure relief. 

Winkbeds

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Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Winkbeds Features 

Comfort

94

 
 

Support

92

 
 

Temperature Regulation

95

 
 

Durability

85

 
 

Overall Value

93

 
 
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Pros:

Eases pressure points with zoned support.

Offers unique cooling technology.

Improves posture with three-step spine alignment system.

Cons:

Expensive compared to some other innerspring mattresses.

Only one firmness level offered.

GIVE IT A TRY

Another one of the top mattress options at SleePare is the WinkBed by WinkBeds. This is another innerspring hybrid mattress with a Euro pillow-top and gel-infused memory foam. The WinkBed includes extra support for those who suffer from painful sciatica. A specially designed 3-Step Back Relief System relieves muscle tension and pressure, aligns your spine, and provides individualized support for each area of your back. 

Besides the innerspring hybrid construction, the WinkBed is also designed for durability. The WinkBed features high density comfort foams and triple-tempered support springs that are proven to sag less than 2% over 20 years. This feature also helps aid in relieving back pain.

Not only does back pain wreck your sleep and your health, sleeping hot and suffering from night sweats can do the same. Regulating your body temperature is a key component of our circadian rhythms. Getting too hot at night will throw off your sleep and leave you sweaty and tired the next day. Besides being recommended for back pain, the WinkBed is designed with cooling features like air flow technology and Tencel that pulls away heat from the body. Along with one of our top picks for back pain, the WInkBed is also one of SleePare’s picks for the best mattresses for hot sleepers.  

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora

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Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Features 

Comfort

95

 
 

Support

92

 
 

Temperature Regulation

85

 
 

Durability

85

 
 

Overall Value

93

 
 
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Pros:

Three comfort levels

Superior spinal support for stomach sleepers

Enhanced cooling mechanism

Durable

Cons:

Unsuitable for overweight stomach sleepers

GIVE IT A TRY

The most popular and highly rated mattress at SleePare, Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora, is designed to keep your spine aligned and your body cool. Similar to the WinkBed, the Aurora is another innerspring hybrid mattress with custom cooling features. The Aurora is available in soft, medium, and firm comfort levels. 

Six layers of cooling and body contouring technology keep you both cool and supported. The layers are equally distributed between cooling and support. The top three layers of the Aurora contain advanced cooling fabric, copper infusion, and a flexible foam. However, the bottom layers are what gives the Aurora a spot on this list. An advanced base of a whopping 1,032 individually encased Ascension X® coils provide pressure relief and help decrease motion transfer. 

This design offers an even distribution of your weight that promotes proper spine alignment in all sleeping positions. Studies show that certain sleeping positions-mainly sleeping on your stomach, face down-contribute to back pain. With Aurora’s superior design and core support coils, you can comfortably sleep in any position while keeping your spine aligned and healthy. Choose from soft, medium, or firm comfort levels. Not sure which one you need? Check out Brooklyn Bedding’s firmness scale. 

Helix Midnight Luxe

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Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Helix Midnight Luxe Features 

Comfort

89

 
 

Support

92

 
 

Temperature Regulation

91

 
 

Durability

92

 
 

Overall Value

95

 
 
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Pros:

Pressure Relief Foam top layer

Tencel cooling cover for hot sleepers

Softer foams actively adjust to your body for maximum comfort

Zoned support to cushion pressure points, including hips and shoulders

Cons:

Unsuitable for side sleepers who lie on their stomach as well

GIVE IT A TRY

The Helix Midnight Luxe is one of the highest-rated and top selling mattresses at SleePare. Designed exclusively for side sleepers, this hybrid mattress is constructed with patented memory and gel foams that provide zoned lumbar support to prevent pressure hips and other joints. 

Sleep position plays an important role in your chiropractic treatment and spinal health. The most common sleep position, side sleeping, can cause shoulder and neck pain. The engineers at Helix designed the Midnight Luxe with side sleepers in mind. 

This medium mattress, (the firmness level recommended for side sleepers), is supported by pocketed coils that provide deeper support for your shoulders to prevent pain and relieve pressure. Consistently sleeping in this position can cause your shoulder and neck to misalign with the mattress. Zoning technology provides a softer feel under your shoulders and a firmer feel under the hips to cradle your body and align the spine. With the Helix Midnight Luxe, you can side sleep easily and pain free.

Like the Aurora, the Helix Midnight Luxe is outfitted with a cooling Tencel cover to keep your temperature regulated at night. Besides being one of the best mattresses available for back pain, the Midnight Luxe has earned several Best Overall Mattress awards in 2020.

Bear Hybrid

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Customer Satisfaction Ratings for Bear Hybrid 

Comfort

95

 
 

Support

92

 
 

Temperature Regulation

92

 
 

Durability

85

 
 

Overall Value

95

 
 
Buy Now
Pros:

Medium firmness

Good for muscle pain relief and recovery

Good choice for most sleepers

Good pressure relief and motion isolation

Offers white glove delivery and setup

Cons:

Only one firmness option

Mediocre edge support

Not suitable for very heavy and very light sleepers

GIVE IT A TRY

One of the most unique mattresses on the market, the Bear Hybrid, is designed to enhance athletic recovery and help improve performance. This mattress is constructed with 14.5 inches of foam, coils, and latex-like materials to keep all levels of athletes supported so they can get the rest they need to improve their performance. 

Six layers of cooling foam, gel, and a support system land the Bear Hybrid on this list. The Bear Hybrid will benefit anyone from those living an active lifestyle to professionals. This hybrid mattress is made with Bear’s own Performance Foam-a pressure adapted foam with enhanced breathability and extra responsive to your body shape. The Bear Hybrid is also made with medical-grade Celliant technology; a clinically tested infrared textile that increases oxygen levels uses your body’s energy to promote muscle recovery and regulates body temperature. This mattress is also the only chiropractor recommended mattress on our list that is an FDA determined device

The Bear Hybrid’s six-layer construction provides superior spinal support and alignment for all sleeping positions, ensuring that you get the support and recovery you need no matter your favorite sleep position. 

If you are suffering from back pain, regardless of cause, we advise seeking advice from your doctor for additional treatment and diagnosis. If you are interested in testing one of these mattresses to help ease your back pain, our in-house chiropractor can assess your needs and help you decide which mattress is best for you. Visit our website to schedule a showroom appointment at one of our stores today!

 
Emily Stringer

Emily Stringer


Emily Stringer is a Content Writer at SleePare. Emily has over five years of experience writing and conducting research for different industries. When she’s not writing, you can find Emily with her dogs in Lexington, Kentucky.