Can an Adjustable Bed Relieve Back Pain?

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Isabella Williams

Can an Adjustable Bed Relieve Back Pain?

Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Do you find it difficult to get in and out of bed? If you have back pain of any kind, sleeping can be uncomfortable or near impossible. Having back pain can be one of the causes of Insomnia and sleep deprivation. However, having an adjustable bed can be a game-changer. It places you in the perfect sleeping position to take the pressure off your sore back, allowing you to get a better night's sleep.

If you have back pain, getting in and out of bed can be a challenge, let alone trying to get to sleep. If you’re having trouble getting in and out of bed because you have chronic back pain, with an adjustable bed, you can simply press a button and the bed will lift you into a sitting position. In this position, you can swing your legs around and get up without assistance. This will take away some of the strain your body is experiencing, plus it will give you more independence.

So, do adjustable beds help with back pain? Read on to discover how an adjustable bed could just be your next worthy investment.

What is an Adjustable Bed?

Firstly, what's an adjustable bed and how does an adjustable bed base work? On a Middletons adjustable bed, you will find a clever 5-point slatted base that offers unlimited variations in position. This gives you complete control over your sleeping position with just the touch of a remote. The motorised rotating joints can lift your back, raise your legs and support your pelvis. 

How Can an Electric Adjustable Bed Help my Back Pain?

What’s an adjustable bed’s best benefit? There are many, but in particular, they can support your back while you sleep, which reduces back pain during the day and night. 

If you’re not sleeping comfortably an adjustable bed allows the upper body to rest at a slight incline. This position supports your back without putting pressure on your neck and lower lumbar region. It also relieves you from substituting back support from stacked up pillows, which doesn’t actually give your back the support it needs.

With an adjustable bed, it’s not only your back that is supported but your knees are also supported at a semi-contoured position. Thus, adjustable beds reduce discomfort by spreading weight evenly across your body, making it easier to sleep. The brilliant thing is that you can choose the exact height that is most comfortable for your head, back and legs.

Why does my back need to be supported?

The lumbar area is the lower part of the spine, which is built for power and flexibility that is needed for lifting, bending, and twisting. When it is injured, it can cause you pain that ranges from mild discomfort to chronic pain and even immobility. Adjustable beds reduce joint compression, keeping you from feeling stiff and uncomfortable when you wake up.

Since adjustable beds support your body, they are good for those suffering from joint, hip, and neck pain, as well as those who need pressure point relief. Flat mattresses create pressure points on your hips and spine, causing sleep problems and back pain. Adjustable beds for bad backs are made to unburden those pressure points and provide comfort.

If you find that you’re in less pain when you’re in a slightly inclined position rather than lying flat, this is because your back is fully supported.

What back conditions can an adjustable bed help with?

You may have more specific back pain. If the following ailments apply to you, then an adjustable bed could be the answer for an easier, sounder sleep and improved mobility.

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is another word for “slipped vertebral body”. This is when a vertebra, in the lower lumbar region, slips forward or below another. It’s more common for older people because it is caused by your joints, ligaments and spine becoming weaker.

If you have degenerative spondylolisthesis, sleeping in the reclined position of an adjustable bed with your knees also supported, can reduce some of the pain in your lower back caused by this condition. This will make it easier to sleep through the night.


If you have osteoarthritis in the spine, or if you have facet joint arthritis, you might often wake up feeling quite stiff and sore in the morning. The combination of cartilage and fluid allows the joint to move without friction. This is what gives you the flexibility to run, jump and turn. Osteoarthritis can cause the break down of the cartilage between facet joints. When you move the lack of cartilage causes pain as well as a loss of motion and stiffens.

Typically, you might experience more pain in the morning because during the day your body produces more fluid and the joint becomes lubricated. Then later you might experience more pain as more pressure is forced on the joint.

An adjustable bed will provide better support for your spinal joints and therefore decrease the pain by minimizing joint compression.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves and spinal cord. It most often occurs with the ageing process. You might find you feel radiating pain, weakness or numbness due to the compression of the spinal cord.

People with lumbar spinal stenosis 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.

Other medical conditions

Adjustable beds also help increase blood flow for those suffering from sciatica, even while they are sleeping on their sides. This is because your knees are elevated which aids blood flow.

Elevating the head six to eight inches can also alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.

Adjustable beds are particularly helpful for those who have undergone back surgery, as they prevent pressure on tender points and help distribute weight evenly.

Massage in Adjustable beds

Did you know that in your adjustable bed you can also add-on a massage system? Read our Adjustable bed add-ons: more than just a bed blog to find out more.

Messages can help work out the spasms and irritations caused by injuries and conditions such as spinal arthritis. A massage improves circulation and decreased muscle tension alleviating some of the pain.

A massage system can also help to decrease the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

Woman enjoying an adjustable bed

So, there you have it if you suffer from back pain an adjustable bed could be the solution. However, if your pain is ongoing you must seek a healthcare professional's advice also.

Browse our collection here to see the adjustable beds we offer.

If you have any questions about how an adjustable bed can relieve back pain, call us on 0800 999 2831.

You might want to try out our adjustable beds and massage system for yourself. If so, click on the store finder to find your local store.


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