Orthopedic mattress

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As its name suggests, an orthopaedic mattress has been influenced by the medical study of Orthopaedics which focuses on disorders or deformities of the spine and joints. Orthopaedic mattresses have, therefore, been created to combat the problems one might experience with a bad back or joints by providing a firm mattress which offers targeted, tailored support[1] An orthopaedic mattress is a mattress designed to support the joints, back and overall body.[2]

History and standards[edit]

With medical innovations in the 1950s, many manufacturers of mattresses made an effort to improve their products and give them an edge over their competitors. It was in the midst of this culture that the concept of a medically superior mattress was born. The Orthopaedic Mattress was the final product of many years of research and development from many different companies.

There is no government standard or official designation that will qualify one mattress orthopaedic and the other not.[citation needed] This reality has created much confusion in the bedding industry, to the point where the typical consumer is not able to determine if a mattress is orthopaedic or not.


For many back pain sufferers, the orthopaedic mattress can offer a massive improvement in their quality of life.[citation needed] The appropriate support, and a reduction in pressure point pain can help sufferers to get a good night sleep and much needed pain relief. By investing in a good mattress which will provide excellent support, such as an orthopaedic mattress, will help you to maintain a good posture whilst you sleep and experience a reduction in any suffering you might ordinarily encounter during the day.[1]


The modern orthopaedic mattress comes in a variety of designs and materials, but the classic coil spring varieties are still commonly used. It is important to note that when shopping for an open coil orthopaedic mattress, you should look out for the mattresses’ gauge. This determines the thickness of the wire used during manufacturing. So in order to get one that truly offers ortho-support, it is always advisable to choose one with a low gauge as this will create a firm mattress.[1]

Memory foam, a space age material, has become the current trend in support mattresses.[citation needed] Memory foam produced a revolution in support bedding, with mattress toppers becoming a way to revitalise an old, or overly firm mattress. Memory foam is a great material for orthopaedic mattresses because it has a dense cell structure. As such, it will naturally provide the required firm sleeping surface, but at the same time relieve pressure points by molding to an individual’s sleeping position.[1]

Another excellent material worthy of consideration are pocket springs. With a pocket sprung mattress, each spring is individually housed within their own pocket, so they are able to work independently to provide tailor-made individual support. When looking for a pocket sprung orthopaedic mattress, it is important to see how many springs the mattress holds. This is because the amount of springs determines the firmness, so the more springs the mattress has the firmer it will be.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "What is an Orthopaedic Mattress?". Paul Durkin. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Orthopaedic Mattress – What Is It?" Orthopaedic Mattress Review