What do you need to know to choose an orthopedic mattress? From mattress reviews in terms of its definition, «orthopedic» means the mattress, which provides a «straight back» effect, supports specific parts of rib cage and spine, adapts to the weight and the body composition. Some models may have therapeutic properties. In case of spine diseases, it is important to follow the recommendations of the medical specialist. Healthy people must feel comfortable – the bed should be convenient.
Orthopedic mattresses guide
There are two main types of such mattresses: with spring sets and springless. You can find he appropriate model among both variants. Spring mattresses have a pulling effect, while springless models do not. Only extremely hard springless models have strong therapeutic effect.
Spring sets types
Depended spring sets (Bonnel type) consist of two cone springs, installed in a row with overlapped coils. It is a classicand economical model, which can hardly called «orthopedic». Springs sag under the weight, thus no anatomical support for the body can be reached. Independent springs are smaller and have a barrel-like shape. Each spring is placed into the separate cover. This flexible construction (covers are connected, but springs are separated) allows to exclude any wavering. The mattress shapes the body.
Can be an extremely hard or elastic and soft. They are consist of the solid block or several layers. The most popular materials are following:
- Natural latex – flexible and adaptive.
- Synthetic materials (latex, polyurethane foam, waterlatex, foam rubber, etc.) – strong, supportive. They considered to be a good alternative to the Bonnel springs and recommended for preventing and treatment of upper spine diseases. These models are suitable for babies and teenagers.
- Coconut-latex – very hard, but have a weight limit (must not exceed 100 kg per one sleeping place).
- Coconut – extremely hard with therapeutic effect. As a rule, its use requires medical consultation.
- Memory form – specially designed polyurethane foam with high viscosity, which creates a «memory effect». The mattress slowly returns to the original shape after pressing.
- Struttofiber – natural and synthetic fibers, which are placed vertically (wool, cotton, etc.)
The appropriate size can be calculated, using the formula: height + 15 cm, but note standard sizes:
- 90 х 190 cm – for a single bed;
- 140 х 190 cm – minimal size for a twin bed;
- 160 х 200 cm – twin size-comfort;
- 180 х 200 cm – Euro-standard.
Normally, all manufacturers offer individual sizes, which are calculated personally.
The average thickness varies from 15 cm to 18 cm for springless mattresses and from 18 cm to 24 cm for spring models. The thinnest models (3-4 cm) is used as a cover to the main mattress in order to improve its properties.
If there are no special medical recommendations, you should follow your own feelings. The weight of sleepers must be a key point in choosing the hardness of the mattress. Some models are not appropriate to the corpulent people, while others are not suitable for thin. Partners with different weight categories should select two different mattresses or seek for the model with differentiated springs.