I have had scoliosis since I was 14. I have an S curve and recently discovered that I will have to have spinal fusion surgery. What mattress would you recommend that will help me both to sleep prior and after the surgery?
People I've know and customers I've had with scoliosis, seem to feel better on a firm...stiff, mattress.
Lying on their backs with a pillow under the knees.
The surface of this type of mattress can be softened with a latex topper...to varying degrees of softness and thickness, without sacrificing the underlying firm support.
My suggestion would be to start with the mattress and see how much cushioning you need before buying a topper for it.
The mattress that does the best job of being what you need and staying that way over many years, is the two-sided Therapedic Keepsake Cameo Firm.
Here is a link to that mattress and a link to the latex toppers.
Hello Pete, I am trying to find a new mattress for my mother who is 80 years old and has a pretty severe scoliosis. I see that you typically recommend the Beautyrest series with a Latex topper. She thinks that she is allergic to latex... can she still use this topper somehow? Also, she is looking for an XL Twin as her mattress. What would you recommend.
Her current mattress is many years old, sunken in the middle it is called a vinyasa pranasleep.
she's about 5' and 99 lbs Thanks, Nicole
How fortunate! Mattresses are pressure sensitive items that wear according to the pressure placed upon them.
The lighter you are, the less you need to spend....and mom is very light, indeed.
Latex allergies are topical, meaning that you have to be touching it, as you would with latex gloves and bandages.
When latex foam is made, it goes through a 5 stage washing cycle that removes so much of the allergen, it is rendered hypo-allergenic.
Not only that, it's covered. The topper comes in a very nice cover, over which you will apply your mattress protector and sheets.
She will never come in contact with the latex and will not have any sort of reaction to it.
Start with a lesser expensive Recharge Classic Beautyrest...the Broadway in Luxury Firm for proper spinal support,
and add to that, a 2" soft Talalay latex topper for the extraordinary surface comfort she will love.
I am 82 years of age. I have osteoarthritis everywhere except my ankles and wrists. I had a torn rotator cuff injury 20 years ago in my left shoulder. Now it keeps tearing for no known reason.
I cannot sleep on that side at all. I have a separated shoulder on my right caused by an automobile accident. It never healed right. I have a bad left hip from an injury in a fall. I have a bad right knee from an injury.
I have adult scoliosis.
I always slept in a fetal position. Now I can only lay on my right side a little. I sleep on my back mostly, but don't sleep well. I weigh 172 and I am 5'3". I have a hard time getting into my bed because it is to high. I have been searching for a mattress that will last the rest of my life and since I have no other ailments, I could live another 15, 20 years. I have read all of your suggestions on your sight. When I read the one about goldilocks, that sounded like the one for me. I was ready to order it plus the 2" Talalay latex topper. But, the mattress is 15'' inches, the topper 2" inches, my springs are 6" and my bed is 8" off the floor. That adds up to 31".s. My bed now is 28" and it is about 2 or 3" to high. I was wondering If I could do away with my springs. Or do you have a suggestion?
Since there isn't any kind of mattress that will fix any of that...and, since most of today's mattresses are more likely to make matters worse...especially memory foam, then you might as well make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Here is a link to a line of all natural latex mattresses. Choose the one with the softest top...the 9" model, for maximum comfort.
The foundation that comes with it is 8" thick and a standard bed frame is 7" high.
All in all, that's 24" total height.
The mattress will, in fact, last you a good 20 years...and what's more, remain comfortable and supportive all that time. These are shipped UPS, so you'll need someone on your end to set it up for you.
Latex can be very expensive. The UPS shipping helps to reduce the cost.
Hi, I have a 7 yr old who has recently been diagnosed with a scoliosis of the spine. When doing an internet search your beautyrest recharge classic flatbrook mattress come up recommended for teenagers. Do you think this would be suitable for my son who is of slightly average height and very slim build? I'm struggling to find this mattress in the United Kingdom.Do you know a UK stockist or if the mattress is known by a different name in the UK? Any help would be very appreciated. Kind regards, Sarah
Hi Sarah, The model name for the same mattress is different at every store in the US. Look for the least expensive Simmons Beautyrest in firm...not luxury firm. With his body still developing, the firmer the better. You can get a latex topper to soften it later, if necessary. I did a Google search for Simmons UK, and a number of retailers popped up.
Here is a link to our models. If you click on the different models, each of the next pages will show a list of specifications.
It's much easier to shop the specification if you want to compare apples to apples.
So, it's 4 am and I can't sleep due to, now regular, back pain. I have "s" curve scoliosis, I am 26 years old and feel like an old lady trying to get out of bed every morning. The pain is real, I am doing acupuncture but the relief is now so short I figured it's time to invest in a new mattress. I NEED HELP!! What do you suggest? I sleep on my side, back, and sometimes stomach but on this mattress nothing feels comfortable. I want something of high quality, Long lasting, and a dream to sleep on. Please!!!! Help me!!! Olivia
Hi Olivia, What is your height and weight? What are you sleeping on now and what would you say is wrong with it?
It's pretty old, probably 10 years + a beauty rest Simmons exquisite ultimate extra firm. I just wake up in pain everyday, and recently I wake up at night and my back is killing me! I am assuming it's just gotten old and maybe is putting pressure on my spine. I think it is too soft now. I'm 5'3" and 126 lbs. Thank you for your time!
Good. That was very helpful information. Have you used this bed since it was new? Has your scoliosis gotten worse over the past 10 years? How long has the mattress been causing you pain? First thing, flip the mattress over. The underside will be firmer. This should allow you to sleep better right away. There are a couple of options. Obviously, a new mattress is one. Another would be to add a layer of firm latex to the underside of the mattress after you flip it...assuming that the underside relieves your pain. The latex topper added to that will improve your quality of sleep. This is a much lower cost solution that, if successful, will put off the purchase of a new mattress for a few years. If you had been happy with the extra firm Beautyrest for a number of years, going with another like it is a logical solution. If being firmer would have been better all along, there are other good choices that will last longer. But first, flip the mattress and let me know tomorrow how that worked for you. This kind of information will be important to determine your best option for a long term solution.
I have used it since it was new. I haven't been checked in years to see if the scoliosis has progressed But the last few months I have noticed that waking up has gotten more and more painful in the morning. Unfortunately, this mattress is in bad shape and the side in sleeping in now is the flipped side! Haha I will flip it again and hopefully it will hold me down until I find the perfect one. Besides the one I have, anything you suggest that will be as good or better? Thanks.
The Beautyrest uses an individually pocketed coil system, which provides a firm, yet contouring independent suspension type of support. This has worked well for you for a long time...and I hate to fool around with success....especially considering the sensitive natural of your scoliosis. Going with an interlocking coil unit, which provides a more rigid, less contouring support, is one of the other option. A firm, all latex mattress is yet another option. I'm inclined to advise you to stay with what has worked for you. Given your size, there's no need to spend a lot. An extra firm Classic Beautyrest would be fine...probably along the lines of what you have now. My main concern is the memory foam used in today's mattresses that would not be in yours. Today's one-sided models, using memory foam, are designed to fail more quickly than those made 10 years ago. My fear is that your length of years of comfort will be far shorter than you have currently experienced. Tell me, what happens when you lie down on the floor? Is your pain relieved?
The floor actually cracks my back, and feels great! Yes, I really want something I can keep for some time. I've read good things about the latex mattresses but I'm not familiar with them outside of that.
An all latex mattress for you, would not be my first choice. Any all foam mattress will have a certain amount of give to it....which I doubt will work for you, pain wise. Based on everything we've discussed, I'm recommending a mattress that is quite firm, well made and long lasting, with no memory foam in it. It's a two sided mattress made by Therapedic, called the Cameo firm. Here is a link to that, showing specifications and prices.
Currently my husband and I are sleeping on a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper, which is 5 years old and has taken to squeaking. My husband is a lobsterman who carries 70 plus lb traps daily. He is 6 foot 235 lbs, I am 5 feet 125 lbs. He has DDD, mild scoliosis, and constant tight muscles in his middle back. We need a new mattress and have no idea where to start. Do we need firm mattress, or a pillow top, or memory foam, like Tempurpedic. Should we have a box spring or be sleeping on a platform bed? On top of this, we both sleep on our stomachs. Your advice would be appreciated. Thank you! Jessica
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Hi Jessica, Memory foam will make matters worse. With it, you'll experience what countless others experience...an increase in pain. As stomach sleepers, you will require a firm mattress for proper spinal alignment. However, your husband's job is physically demanding and puts a lot of strain on his muscular system. This will require cushioning. Latex foam does everything that memory foam claims to do and doesn't. Since the 1920s, it's been the best material available. Unlike memory foam, it doesn't sleep hot and you don't sink through it. It will relieve all of the pressure points and provide real relaxation for his sore muscles. As a bonus, latex is extremely resilient. It absorbs much of your body weight, leaving less work for the mattress...extending the life of your new sleep system. With a latex topper, you can expect twice the life from the mattress than you would get without it.
I definitely need a new mattress but have been hesitant to take the plunge. Currently sleeping on old King Coil mattress with a memory foam topper which is now sinking in badly and I wake up even more stiff than usual. I do have scoliosis, mild DDD but suffer from chronic left sided hip pain, sciatica and mid back pain. Physical therapy helps but never long term. I am a back sleeper and had looked at the Sealy Optimum line in a store...felt it was comfortable, but have read your blog regarding the negatives of memory foam for bad backs and am now even more concerned about what is best for me. I tried a few "firm" mattresses and they felt like a board. Maybe I am just used to the cushiony feel, but am I doing more damage to my back? I am 5 feet and under 100 lbs and feel "everything." Open to suggestions. Thanks in advance for your advice. Barbara
Hi Barbara, First off, the memory foam topper is worthless. Even at your size, you sink through it, as if it wasn't even there. Before recommending a mattress, I'd like to determine if you, in fact, really need one. Tell me about your King Koil. Without the topper, what kind of shape is that mattress in?
Pete, The mattress is REALLY old - I've had it 15 years and (embarrassed to say) it was a "hand me down" from a friend. It is not in good shape, so I really do need one. FYI, My Dad (who is a senior, recently purchased a Sealy Posturepedic and while he is OK with it, I did try it out and find it hard and already sinking in the middle after only 8 months. Quality is poor. So I would prefer to try something else. Is the Simmons Beautyrest a possibility perhaps? My budget is not sky high, but I am willing to spend now to get some relief long term. I know you have recommended some of their beds. Thanks again for your help, Barbara
Ok Barbara, Just wanted to make sure that a latex topper wouldn't do the trick for you. Yes. The quality of the Posturepedics has waned, especially since they changed their line in June of 2011. We haven't recommended them since they changed, and stop carrying them completely since they were purchased by Tempurpedic last year. No need to spend anymore than for the starting models in the Simmons line, given your size. The Flatbrook model in the luxury firm is one of the best buys on the market and one we often recommend. If getting a topper for it, go with latex foam. It's very comfortable and extremely long lasting...nothing like memory foam. The mattress and latex foam topper, together, will cost less than you expect.
For the latex topper, the 2" Soft Talalay Latex model is the most popular and works extremely well. Here are links to both. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
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