Adjustable Motion Base
By Dan LaVine | 04.06.2019
On the subject of adjustable motion bases, much has been written, and very little of it has ever been of a negative nature. Virtually every chiropractor and every physical therapist will assure you that purchasing one is a quality-of-life upgrade. An adjustable motion base does everything a standard platform box spring can do, and much, much more, and National Mattress and Furniture has a wide vartiety of these adjustable bases in a variety of price points.
Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult when an individual is recovering from back surgery or has chronic back pain. For anyone who has difficulty getting or staying comfortable enough to sleep on a flat mattress, it may be worth considering if an adjustable bed is a better alternative. Sleeping on an adjustable bed allows the upper body to rest at a slight incline, such as 30 to 45 degrees, with support under the knees so they bend at a slight angle. Adjustable bases are also instrumental in curbing snoring, alleviating acid reflux, and easing the negative effects of sleep apnea.
An adjustable bed has the potential to help anyone who feels better in an inclined position, such as when sitting in a recliner, rather than when lying on a flat mattress. It is not uncommon for people with back or neck pain, or other joint conditions such as shoulder arthritis or pain, to feel better in this position.
Adjustable beds are ideal for solid-foam mattrresses, and perfectly compatible with individually-pocketed coil mattresses, but they are incompatible with traditional innersprings. Where solid-core foam mattresses and individually-pocketed coil mattresses are designed to flex, an innerspring's rigid design would be irreperably damaged by the movement of an adjustable base. If you're questioning whether or not your existing mattress will function properly if paired with an adjustable base, an easy solution is to take a picture of the product ID tag at the head of the bed and show it to one of our knowledgeable staff.
Back Conditions that May Benefit from an Adjustable Bed;
For some people, sleeping in an inclined or semi-upright position may be more comfortable than lying on a flat position. Certain lower back and neck positions, in particular, may be less aggravated with an adjustable bed. For example:
*Degenerative spondylolisthesis. For some people with degenerative spondylolisthesis, sleeping in a reclining position with support under the knees can reduce some of the pain or discomfort in the lower back, making it easier to sleep through the night.
*Osteoarthritis. Individuals with osteoarthritis in the spine, or facet joint arthritis, often wake up feeling quite stiff and sore in the morning. Sleeping on an adjustable bed may provide better support and therefore decrease the irritation by minimizing joint compression.
*Spinal Stenosis. People with lumbar spinal stenosis most often feel more comfortable when bending forward instead of standing up straight. Likewise, sleeping on a flat mattress can sometimes be less comfortable for people with stenosis than sleeping in the reclining position, such as that afforded by an adjustable bed.
Adjustable beds have moved beyond health care settings and become commonly used in the home. Prices have come down, there is more selection, a variety of features have been added, and new designs have been added so that they don't look like hospital beds.
Adjustable bed designs vary greatly, but typically they will all allow the individual to raise or lower the upper body and legs. This positioning can be extremely helpful in reducing back pain by shifting much of the weight off of the lower back.
Adjustable beds are ideal for solid-foam mattrresses, and perfectly compatible with individually-pocketed coil mattresses, but they are incompatible with traditional innersprings. Where individually-pocketed coils are designed to flex, an innerspring's rigid design would be irreperably damaged by the movement of an adjustable base.
In short, adjustable motion bases offer the next level of sleep satisfaction. They're an upgrade to the overall sleep experience and to your quality of life in general. In my own 13 years of experience as a sleep specialist here at National Mattress and Furniture, I've never had a single client tell me they regretted purchasing an adjustable base.
*This entry includes content from https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/sleep/considerations-buying-adjustable-bed*