Backache is a common problem in modern society, with people making uninformed decisions on mattresses and cutting costs in areas where they really should be putting more attention to. Many lower and upper back problems can be tracked back to an improper sleeping position, and even those who do not suffer from back problems per se would see considerable back health benefits and posture improvement when moving to a bed that is easier on their spine. A waterbed acts as a naturally orthopedic bed, forming around your spine and offering support where it’s needed.
Backache can arise for a myriad of reasons – and can affect people of all ages. Younger people with jobs that require heavy lifting of excess exertion can often experience back problems, and those at retirement age can suffer too. Backache may be caused simply by too much exertion, or it may be brought on due to an existing problem with the spine or posture (such as a Scoliosis) which then renders the back unbalanced and induces cramping when normally this would not occur. Backaches and cramps in this area can lead directly to bad headaches and neck pain, along with other problems.
In most cases, backache is experienced in the upper or lower back, with pain sometimes spreading to the hips and waist. In extreme cases, sufferers can be bed-ridden and unable to move.
Causes of backache & lumbago
‘Lumbago’ refers specifically to pain in the lower back, and can be a sign of anything from a slipped disc to osteoporosis or skeletal damage. Kidney problems, prostrate problems, arthritis and influenza can all cause (or simulate) backache.
The vast majority of cases however, are due to a bad posture either during the day or during sleep at night. We spend a large amount of our lives lying on our beds, and while we sleep the surface we are on influences how our body lies.
Normal mattresses are a very unforgiving surface, and they force your body into an unnatural position. They put undue pressure on bony areas (this is what causes bedsores in convalescents), and do not allow the spine or joints to adopt a natural relaxed shape.
How a water bed can help
A water bed supports your body in a vastly different way to a regular mattress. Because the water shifts and displaces with your body, it supports a more natural position for your spine and does not put extra pressure points on bony areas like the hips and shoulder. Weight is evenly distributed, and the stresses on the body are lessened.
Equally, a water bed creates a room-temperature or warmer surface to sleep on, and this heat can be therapeutic. Damaged or tired muscles, ligaments and spinal tissue can benefit from warmth (or at least, a lack of cold). This feature of water beds can also benefit a range of other health issues.
Another main advantage of a water bed is its flexibility – it can be adjusted to suit a wide range of weights and sizes, and you can even have an arrangement by which two sides of a double bed have different volumes of water, allowing you and your partner to sleep in comfort. Water can be added or removed to fit with body changes, such as pregnancy or weight loss.
Please do not do any self diagnosis but consult with a health professional.