Is it good to sleep on the floor for back pain? I’ve heard everything from it being a life hack to cure back pain to it being a disaster that will leave me in agony. I’d replace the mattress before I’d suggest doing away with it. Why would someone suggest sleeping on the floor? You need back support when you are sleeping, but shouldn’t be at a bad angle. The floor, in most houses, is flat. Most? Whose house isn’t flat? If your mattress and bed springs are sagging, that could cause back pain. Putting wood slats.
In the bed may help, as would putting the mattress on the floor. Maybe that is the origin of the advice. But you still need to maintain the curve in your back, even if sleeping on the floor. And how would I do that, if I can’t afford a new mattress? A rolled up towel could help. That is cheaper than an ergonomic pillow. You’ll want to get out of bed safely. I don’t think I’ve fallen out of bed in years. And I can’t think of any other hazards.
From getting out of bed if I’m not at risk of tripping on a dog. When you get out of bed, use your arms to support yourself so that you aren’t straining the back muscles to pull yourself upright. I’ve heard that sleeping on the floor could make back pain worse. If you have spinal problems, the extra pressure on your pressure points could worsen the pain. Part of depends on what hurts. My back hurts. If it is the upper part of your back, you may simply need an additional pillow or towel.
To support your neck. If it is the lower part of your back, the shift in pressure points means your back feels better but the rest of you hurts. Sleeping on the floor that way leads to a flat back. You can get the same effect with a pillow under the knees to flatten the back. And more pillows Equal more pain. Then sleeping on the floor is a solution. A firm mattress is a better one.
The Best Way To Sit With Back Pain
So here we go with sitting, because people with back pain often find sitting almost impossible they can do everything else but they can’t sit. So, bear in mind that the spine, to sit comfortably, should be in balance. Now, you can see the spine in standing on the lefthand side here has this wonderful elongated sbend, a lumbar lordosis here a hollow a thoracic kyphosis and the cervical lordosis with a very heavy head sitting on top. That’s a beautiful elongated spring mechanism so that when you walk along the pavement that sinks and springs. Ideally you try and keep as close as you possibly can, with sitting, to keeping this lovely sbend.
Now what tends to happen with sitting, especially if you’re sitting for long periods of time, is that you lose your sbend and you get the cbend. With hours literally spent crumpled with your head forward especially if there’s a thing called a computer sitting out the front here. So we go into a cbend. And you can see here from these little graphics these are the intradiscal pressures inside the disc, greatest with bending forward, lifting up a weight, but here we have the sitting postures. Upright sitting slumped sitting is very high but I don’t know whether you can see here there’s a tiny little graphic here, there’s a tiny little back.
Support where that person is sitting laidback, which gives some clue to the getting comfortable in sitting. The more you can relax back, in fact the more you can keep this part of your spine slightly arched, then the more comfortable you are going to be. Now that’s not easy longterm. This is what happens if you sit slumped for long periods of time. All this huge body weight of your upper torso carried forward tends to flatten your lumbar disc. Over time it loses height and then you start getting problems of the facet joints as well because you don’t have.
Enough separation here. But what happens short term, in a diurnal way, is that the more you sit slumped forward, the more you squeeze fluid out of the discs. Which is where the back block comes in of course, where you need to be opening back the other way here, literally. Using the back block is what I call the anti sitting device, so that you can undo some of the ill effects of sitting. Now the important thing about sitting is to try and use a pillow. While you’re in pain you cannot afford to be using a kneeling chair or a saddle chair and you also must not try and sit bolt upright without support, such as sitting on a fitball.
When you’re rehabilitating and trying to get yourself out of pain you need a pillow behind your back and big pillow wedged between your lumbar hollow here and the back of the chair. A bed pillow is the best thing although if it’s lost its stuffing it won’t be good enough. And it literally leaves you there so you can sit back and relax, your belly is offduty. Sometimes you feel as if you’re too gutty you just have to ignore that you need a pillow. Now I’ll go through in the next little tutorial clip the best and the worst of chairs but, even with the best of chairs, if your back is bad you often do need that.
Pillow, just get used to it. The little lumbar supports aren’t usually good enough because they’re not bulky enough. They don’t give you enough support. I describe that as not giving enough support to the tired spine. When the spine is tired it slumps more and more into the cbend and that’s why you need that very bulky pillow. Ok, so now we’ll go into what makes the best chair.