Therapeutic Mattresses

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Therapeutic mattresses are necessary for people who must spend much of their time in bed. Whether the reason is chronic illness or some other condition, it's absolutely essential that the mattress contribute to that individual's well being. Musculoskeletal health is important to everyone, no matter what one's health status. Everybody should be sleeping in a mattress that supports the human frame and doesn't put it in stress and tension-producing positions.

Yet often times, mattresses, even new ones, can cause additional health problems--from spinal column stress due to inadequate support, to health problems caused by toxins contained in the mattress. Commercial mattresses are routinely manufactured with many synthetic materials that can be toxic to the human respiratory and immune systems. If you're experiencing a chronic illness, recovering from illness, or have a compromised immune system, the last thing you need is a mattress that may be comfortable but bad for your immune or respiratory health.

Options in Therapeutic Mattresses

This is why it pays to be vigilant when checking out therapeutic mattresses, which are typically designed from foam-based materials and not coil springs and fiber. Foam mattresses are composed of cells, sometimes called "memory foam," that move to accommodate your body's weight and preserve correct musculoskeletal alignment. This material works very well and is popular among consumers.

However, if you're looking for a natural alternative to synthetic foam, consider organic latex therapeutic mattresses that contain no chemical additives. Adjustable therapeutic beds are another option to consider, allowing you to relieve pressure on various parts of the body by raising either end of the bed by just a few degrees, or up to full upright position. Since adjustability is a factor of the bed frame, this option is compatible with either synthetic foam or latex mattresses.

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