What is an Orthopaedic Mattress?

What is an Orthopaedic Mattress?

An Orthopaedic mattress is a mattress specifically designed to support the joints, back and overall body.

Its creation was influenced by the medical study of orthopaedics, which focuses on disorders of the spine and joints.

As medical research and the understanding of bone and joint function advanced in the 1950’s, mattress manufacturers identified an opportunity to improve their products to cater to the needs of those with issues in this area.



Orthopaedic mattresses are generally regarded as the best mattress for a bad back as they aim to ease the discomfort experienced by those who suffer from back pain or aching joints by providing a firm, but comfortable mattress which provides targeted support.

As a detailed extension to our Mattress Buying Guide, we look at some of the key features of the orthopaedic mattress.

What are the benefits of an orthopaedic mattress?

1) Firm support

The firm nature of an orthopaedic mattress means provides a strong base of support for the whole body.

2) Even weight distribution

An orthopaedic mattress provides even distribution of body weight which helps to prevent a pressure build up on key pain areas including the neck, back and hips.

3) Spinal support and alignment

Orthopaedic mattresses ensure correct spinal alignment, helping to reduce stress on the spine, alleviating back pain.

4) Promotes good posture

An orthopaedic mattress provides a firm foundation, ensuring you adopt the correct posture as you sleep, which promotes healthy blood circulation as you sleep.


  • Provides firm support and spinal alignment, reducing stress on joints
  • Even weight distribution for a more comfortable night’s sleep


  • An orthopaedic mattress may be too firm for some people’s taste
  • Pricey, but worth the investment for those who can benefit from pressure relief for aches and pains


An orthopaedic mattress offers great support and comfort, which can help reduce aches and pains.  The firm surface of an orthopaedic mattress provides pressure relief and posture alignment making this the ideal mattress type for those who suffer from back or joint pain, but an equally great mattress for those who like a firm and supportive mattress.

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