Are Adjustable Beds good for Back Pain?

What is the best solution for upper body and lower back pain?

When it comes to searching for a new bed, many people are looking for the one that will not just give them the best night’s sleep, but also will support their entire body to help support back pain relief.

With so much to choose from it can be difficult to know what is right for you, pocket spring, innerspring, latex, memory foam, hybrid, waterbed, adjustable mattress, organic cotton pillow top, bed frame, hospital beds, adjustable bed, the choices seem endless and it can be confusing to know where to start.

But if you’re starting your new bed journey and also suffer from chronic back pain, you really need to choose correctly as whichever bed you choose could be your sleep companion for years to come, so don’t just curl up into the fetal position, let’s dive deep into which sleep solution is the best for back pain.

Are adjustable beds good for back pain

Sleeping with Chronic Back Pain

Sleeping with chronic back pain can be hard, and in severe cases, almost impossible. This is because back pain can be so severe that it prevents one from sleeping on their side. For many, this means they must sleep in a position where the spine isn’t fully supported and which causes more strain to go across the muscles of the neck and upper back.

The best way to get better quality sleep if you suffer from back pain is by finding a sleep system that will provide support for your entire body- including your hips, shoulders, and head. This ensures you have enough support while lying down or sitting up when watching TV in bed, reading an e-book, or scrolling through social media updates on your phone.

When looking at mattresses with each type of material (memory foam, latex), make sure there’s not too much of a difference in the firmness. This can lead to your body being too unevenly supported and cause more pain over time.

What is the best type of mattress to sleep on?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a mattress, but there is no one-size-fits-all answer. As long as the mattress you choose provides support and comfort for your body and can be adjusted, preferably by electronic motors, then it should work just fine. A bed with an adjustable base will allow each individual person to have their own customized experience that they’ll enjoy more than anything else out there on the market today.

Adjustable Beds are becoming more and more common to treat back pain as they allow you to sleep comfortably at a slight angle or even at higher angles, and with millimeter adjustments, an adjustable bed can have your upper body, lower back, hips and knees all perfectly supported to ensure a good night’s sleep, which you can’t achieve in a flatbed.

A lot of people associate an adjustable bed with hospital beds, however, the market has come a long way since electric beds first showed up in every hospital the world over. Today, a lot of the best adjustable beds come standard with gel-infused memory foam, zero gravity position, memory positions to save your personal preference, pre-saved sleeping positions, pre-saved reading or TV watching positions, semi-upright position, or slight incline position to help sleeping an inclined position to help alleviate such conditions as acid reflux, snoring and even, you guessed it, back pain.

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What other benefits come from having an adjustable bed?

Promoting sleep quality, especially for those that suffer back pain related to back surgery, neck surgery, or any other major surgery, can be the difference between restful sleep and placing excessive strain on parts of the body due to a regular mattress, or as they are also known, a flat mattress, not being able to provide adequate support where it’s needed most. This often creates pain at various pressure points throughout the body, namely, the knees, hips, lower back, and shoulder/neck region.

Sleeping on an adjustable bed with an adjustable base gives you the freedom to use the remote control to elevate the bed to a position which not only takes away the pain from your pressure points but also supports correct spinal alignment to help alleviate pain, especially for back pain sufferers.

Unlike hospital beds that are usually fitted with a cheap mattress, buying an adjustable bed from Sophie ensures you’re investing in state-of-the-art mattress designs, that not only supports your entire body in your chosen sleeping position but also supports other critical body functions like blood circulation, correct spine alignment both of the upper body and lower back to relieve pressure from those areas to help support better sleep quality.

By removing pressure from the major pressure points, you may find you sleep better, which can improve mental health, physical health, and your overall sense of wellbeing. It can also remove joint compression by offering several neck positions that aren’t attainable when lying flat on a flat mattress.

Separate controls found in the Split Queen, Split King, and Split California King adjustable beds mean you can adjust your bed to a sleep position perfect for you, whilst your partner can have their adjustable bed in a completely different sleep position designed to help with their pain relief or sleep quality, which may be caused by different ailments.

Adjustable beds back pain

For many people reading this article, sleeping in an inclined position or semi-upright position may be more comfortable than lying on their flat mattresses. Certain lower back and neck conditions may be less aggravated with an adjustable bed. Some examples of these conditions are:

Spinal Stenosis:

Sufferers of Spinal Stenosis often find pain relief when bending forward instead of standing up straight. It makes sense that they also find sleeping on a flat mattress can sometimes be less comfortable than sleeping in the reclining position, such as that afforded by an adjustable bed.

Many of our clients that suffer from this condition call us as they are sleeping on the couch or in a recliner, and desperately want to rejoin their partner in the bedroom, but need a bed that offers such placement of their back it helps pain reduction without causing additional pain.

Degenerative spondylolisthesis

Those suffering from degenerative spondylolisthesis often find relief in a reclining position, as it gives their spine the necessary support and alignment to provide reduced pain. Adjustable beds can be set at any angle, providing this benefit for people of all ages.


Those suffering from osteoarthritis may also find relief in an adjustable bed, as the pressure on their joints is reduced by sleeping at a reclining angle.

Sleeping upright can affect those with this condition because the natural curvature of the spine increases while lying down and decreases when standing up. Adjustable beds offer many benefits to people that suffer from joint pain or back problems. There are always solutions for you, even if they involve buying new furniture!

A good night’s sleep is important for everyone; so don’t take it lightly. With these adjustments, your old mattress could be transformed into a comfortable bed that provides support to your whole body- not just your head! A great way to eliminate any physical discomfort associated with sleeping on the wrong mattress.


Whilst this condition is not specific to back pain, in general, fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain throughout the entire body, not just the back or lower back. When it comes to choosing a bed and mattress, sufferers generally prefer softer mattresses that are not too firm or too soft – adjustable bed manufacturers offer these features with many models on the market today.

This form of back pain is believed to be related more to sensitivity than anything else; therefore an individual’s needs will vary when compared to another person who does not have such sensitivity problems.

In most instances, the patients feel most supported in a softer mattress with better support, so pairing this type of mattress with an adjustable bed with the various adjustable bed position will help to not put pressure on the different areas where pain flairs occur.

Lower Back Pain

Sufferers of lower back pain may have already tried the best adjustable mattresses but found no adjustable mattress can offer the auto position/sleeping position perfect for their unique pressure and pain relief needs. In controlled trials, patients feel that by lifting their legs, similar to the zero-gravity position, with a break-knee built into the adjustable base, it tilted the pelvis forward which helped alleviate joint compression in the lower back, highlighting that adjustable beds good for lower back pain.

This type of spinal alignment couldn’t be achieved with adjustable mattresses and therefore the research showed that when it came to lower back pain, whilst mattress design played a very important role, positional therapy not achievable with an adjustable mattress was the better solution for the best’s night’s sleep.

Whole-body vibration therapy and Back Pain

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There is an amazing amount of research that has been published on the various benefits of whole-body vibration therapy. Reports on vibration therapy and back pain, medically reviewed and signaling therapeutic benefits.

Health care settings aren’t the only place vibration therapy is used, with a booming market of vibration therapy devices now making their way into the homes of hundreds and thousands of pain and discomfort sufferers.

Some devices rely on special air chambers to deliver comfortable therapy, whereas, the whole body vibration therapy built into the Sophie Adjustable Bed emanates from the bed frame, through the 10inch mattress to deliver a therapeutic, relaxing, and restorative therapy that not only supports better circulation but assists with pain relief.

What features of an adjustable bed matter?

Here are back pain-specific features and benefits you need to ensure your new adjustable bed will come with.

Mattress Design

  • Gel-infused memory foam
  • Medium-density support memory foam or Latex
  • Superior whole-body support
  • Medium to medium-firm mattress

Bed Base Design

  • Independent head and foot elevations
  • Break-knee design on the foot end of the adjustable bed
  • Pre-saved and programmable positions in the remote control
  • Built-in whole-body vibration therapy
  • Adjustable heights for easy entry and exit of the bed
  • Corner supports to eliminate dangerous mattress movements

Conclusion – Adjustable Beds are good for back pain, why not reach out for a no obligation quote today!

Adjustable beds are a great way to stay healthy and independent. They can help with not only back pain but also with snoring, sleep apnea, and more. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about adjustable bed features and functions that may help you recharge your sleep! Just submit your contact information below or on our Contact Page and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible!

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