Beloveds...it's finally happened. Two years and four...yes FOUR mattresses later, and I've finally found one that has passed all of my picky, yet necessary criteria. I refuse to compromise on the things that are essential to my health and Well-Being. I've worked too hard and too long to let the wrong mattress get in the way!
Here's what I was I looking for
1) A supportive mattress for my Scoliosis, that wouldn't throw my neck, back, OR hips out of alignment. I found one or two that would last feel ok for a few days/weeks, but after a month, I always new it was time to send it back.
2) Eco-Friendly material that wouldn't slowly poison me and my partner with toxic fumes and chemicals. (Read more about the health hazards here)
3) Budget-Friendly. I had already thrown thousands of dollars down the toilet on the first two mattresses.
Insider's Tip: if you have any kind of chronic, structural back issue, make sure you try a mattress that has AT LEAST a 100-night return policy. You're welcome.
I tried all types of memory foams you could imagine. I tried the brands that LITERALLY had the words "Back Support" in their names. None of them could stand the 3-month test.
Rachel, you may ask, what makes you the expert in choosing the best mattress for back issues?
Thanks for asking such a wonderful question!
As most of you know, I have spent my life working with my own severe scoliosis. Over the years, I have had the great fortune of becoming a Backcare & Scoliosis specialist who works with people of all ages, around the world. The absolute number one question I get asked is what mattress/pillows I recommend.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how hard you work on the symmetry, strength and alignment of your body, if you don't have supportive sleep tools that work for your unique structure, you'll get thrown back into your old pattern and pain cycle.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Think about it. You spend, (hopefully), 6-8 hours per night sleeping. If you've done all of your research about sleep position (head placement, support between thighs if you're on your side, or under thighs if you're on your back, hugging a pillow for upper back/shoulder pain etc...), and you're STILL waking up with back pain, it's probably your mattress or pillow.
If you are sleeping in the correct position, with the correct support, your spine actually lengthens when you are sleeping because the vertebral discs absorb water and nutrients. How cool is that!
This is precisely why it's so very important to get the support you need. Having Scoliosis or other structural spine issues means that we need to accept that the things we do (physical practices), and the things we need (pillows, mattresses, supportive chairs etc...) are instrumental in the body's ability to heal.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS, if I go to bed with back pain, I wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free because of a MATTRESS!
If you are working with a back issue DEFINITELY go with the Medium-Firmoption. Anything Medium/Soft won't give you enough feedback to elongate your spine. Firm supposedly would be ok if you are 200+ pounds, but my partner is around 230lbs, and he loves the medium-firm option as well.
This is a natural latex mattress with dynamic coil support, and covered with a soft, organic cotton layer, and my back could not be happier.
I LOVE that they are sustainably sourced, and eco-focused company. They care about their materials from start to finish, and are committed to keeping their products free of harmful toxins.
(From Eco Terra Website:) A BETTER MATTRESS FOR THE EARTH AND EVERYONE ON ITThe Eco Terra Mattress uses 100% plant-derived, natural latex, which is sustainably harvested from the sap of the Hevea brasilienesis rubber tree and sourced from the most environmentally conscious natural latex farm in the world. We’ve made sure that when you order our mattress, you can rest easy, knowing that you’re actually making the world a better place.
ECO TERRA MATRESS CERTIFICATIONS
Organic cotton cover - GOTS Certification
100% Natural Latex - Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification
Our 100% natural wool - Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification
Did I mention that I wrote a love letter to them after my 120 day trial was up? I told them all about our community, and what a struggle it is to actually find a mattress that WORKS for structural spinal issues.
Their response? Eco Terra created a discount EXCLUSIVELY for our community offering us $100 off their already affordable product if you use the coupon code HAPPYSPINE at check out.
*THIS PRODUCT IS ALSO ZACH AND CLYDE APPROVED!
I am so grateful to have found a great company to believe in and share with you all. I hope that you love this mattress as much as we do. It was a total game-changer. I stopped waking up with pain each morning, frustrated that I had to "yoga my way back to balance". (Read more about getting out of neck pain, and my first mattress blog post...fair warning I was ANGRY and in PAIN!)
What other types of everyday items/products do you want suggestions about? Let me know in the comments below and I will go on the hunt for you!