Hard or soft bed?

My back hurts, we often hear it said and in reality 80 out of 100 people have suffered at some time in their lives from this disease for which we often end up blaming the bed.

Formerly it was said that the remedy was to sleep on a hard bed but more recent studies ensure that neither hard nor soft, the best, experts say, is an intermediate mattress. In other words, on a mattress firmness scale that goes from 1 to 10, a 5 or 6 is recommended, taking into account that the hardest mattresses are in the first categories and the softest in the tenth.

But beyond the type of bed, it is still difficult to pinpoint the cause of back pain. Muscle contractures, ligament injuries, osteoporosis, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, stress, smoking… have also been shown to be more frequent among people who spend a lot of time sitting in front of the computer as journalists, receptionists and all people “tied” to a chair for the work they do.

Back pain

  • In the face of back pain, it is important to stay active, avoid a sedentary life and correct your posture. After following medical treatment, the vast majority of pain symptoms are resolved, but there are 15% that become chronic and can become a cause of sick leave, as occurs in Spain among those over 45 years of age. Where this ailment has been revealed as the second cause of sick leave, behind colds and flu.
  • There are several treatments to combat back pain, especially with analgesics and anti-inflammatories, but the most effective are those in which the patient agrees to transform life habits that are harmful to him. Among the therapies recommended by specialists, neuroreflex therapy stands out, which consists of the temporary implantation of a kind of staples in the skin that stimulate nerve endings and block pain.
  • Some patients also resort to other alternative therapies, such as swimming, walking or practicing yoga, the latter in particular lacks scientific studies that support its effectiveness, but it has enthusiastic practitioners who report having improved their painful symptoms after the practice. Of this ancient technique that includes specific exercises for the back.

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