Health and Sleep: Determining the Best Mattress for Scoliosis Patients
May 26, 2014
Scoliosis refers to the abnormal curve of the spine and though it occurs both to men women, it is more common with females. Hereditary and is normally diagnosed in adolescence, the abnormal curve usually goes unnoticed as it slowly develops, only becoming evident once the condition is severe. Treatment varies and depends on the patient’s age and the severity of the spinal curvature, but can involve a back brace, anterior surgery (surgery from the front) or posterior surgery (surgery from the back).
While receiving treatment, the patient’s sleeping position or posture will in no way cause, treat, or worsen scoliosis, but sufficient, comfortable sleep offers its own benefits for an already-suffering patient. Of course, the mattress plays a big role in getting a good night’s sleep, especially in terms of relieving some of the patient’s scoliosis-related pain. The comfort level of a mattress is subjective, as some people prefer firmer mattresses while others like it soft. However, one type of mattress in particular is reportedly the best for scoliosis patients: the Senso Memory Foam.
Originally developed by NASA under the name, “Temper Foam”, the Senso Memory Foam was designed for crash protection for airplane passengers and racecar drivers, as well as for reducing the pressure experienced by astronauts during takeoff. It has been used for medical purposes since then, before being incorporated into mattresses, pillows, automobiles, furniture, sports safety equipment, and other items for everyday use.
Nowadays, memory foam mattresses are made from polyurethane and other chemicals to increase the foam’s viscosity. It can then follow the form of anyone who lies down on it, thereby distributing the person’s weight and minimizing pressure on certain areas of the body. The mattress memorizes your form but will bounce right back to its original shape once you leave, so you won’t waste time tossing and turning, constantly looking for the ‘right spot’ or the ‘right position’ for you.
The result? Super comfortable sleep. You will literally dream of climbing into bed with this type of mattress. Memory foams are beneficial not only for scoliosis patients, but also for those with back pains or arthritis, and even those experiencing sleep problems like insomnia and sleep apnea.
If you already have a relatively new mattress and don’t want to throw it out just yet, you won’t need to. The Senso Memory Foam Mattress Topper was designed to be placed on top of an existing mattress – no particular type of mattress is required. The topper is made with visco-elastic foam as well, making it just as effective in molding to the shape of your body and eliminating pressure points, including the joints, neck, and most importantly, the back. Uniform distribution of weight will provide great relief for scoliosis patients.
Memory foam is temperature-sensitive, hence body heat is what activates the foam’s body-conforming capabilities. As with most mattresses, it can take a couple of nights to get used to, but the quality of sleep you’ll get after that will be so well worth it that it might even temporarily let you forget you even have scoliosis.