Q : I had a Silentnight ortho mattress (think it was miracoil)
many years ago, I am currently looking for a new king size mattress
but I now have a severe back problem in two pro-lapsed discs in the
lower region and would be appreciative for any advice on the most
suitable range for someone with my needs.My occupation is in the
caring industry so that entails quite a bit of physical work also.
I am finding it difficult to find many stockists where I can try
the mattresses within our area.


A : We are not medical experts so in the first instance you
should consult your doctor or specialist before purchasing a new
bed.Don't just buy a bed because it says it's good for your back. A
bed that's supportive and comfortable is key. But it is important
to remember that people's requirement for support will differ
depending on their weight and build. For a long time, it was
believed that a hard bed was good for a bad back. Recent research
confirms this is not necessarily the case and could in fact cause
more damage.The term 'orthopaedic' generally just means an extra
firm bed; it is not based on any medical or other common standard,
nor does it mean the bed has been professionally assessed or
recommended. It is a term loosely used by manufacturers to refer to
extra firm models in their range. Firmness is not determined by
price, although comfort, luxury and durability and added features
such as adjustability come with higher price tags.There's no single
right bed to ease a back problem and each different back problem
also may require a different solution. The best approach is to
research the options carefully, take time to try them out and
choose what you personally find supportive and comfortable,
regardless of labels or even price tags.Narrow your choice down to
two or three and then spend plenty of time lying on these in your
normal sleeping positions. Five or 10 minutes should be the minimum
for each bed - but feel free to spend half an hour or even an hour,
if that's what you want to do.To find a stockist in your area try
the stockist search tool on our website.