THERE MAY NOT BE A CURE FOR FIBROMYALGIA, BUT THE RIGHT MATTRESS CAN PROVIDE SOME IMMEDIATE AND SIGNIFICANT RELIEF.
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic and widespread pain, often in (but not limited to) the neck, shoulders, hips, back, and knees. Other defining symptoms of fibromyalgia are a heightened and painful response to any kind of tactile pressure, as well as fatigue, sleep disturbance, and insomnia.
For some reason, the majority of fibromyalgia cases occur in women. In fact, it’s estimated that women are between seven to nine times more likely to contract the disease than men. And while there are more than 12 million fibromyalgia cases in the United States, scientists still aren’t sure what causes the disease, although there are many theories. Fibromyalgia is a bit of a mystery. It can be difficult to diagnose and is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms can be similar to other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Especially painful to fibromyalgia sufferers is that, as of yet, there’s no known cure.
IMPROVING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE STARTS WITH IMPROVING YOUR QUALITY OF SLEEP.
Deep, healing sleep is critical to the management of fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms. Therefore, it’s particularly important for those with fibromyalgia to get as much quality (stage 3 and 4) sleep as possible, because this is when the body relaxes and repairs itself. But this is easier said than done due to the fact that people with fibromyalgia are so sensitive to any level of pressure on the body, which is usually made worse by lying down.
YOUR MATTRESS MATTERS.
When it comes to sleep surfaces, pain relief has everything to do with pressure relief. When a mattress is too soft it doesn’t support your body properly, so you sink into the mattress. This puts added pres-sure on joints, which amplifies pain. A mattress that’s too firm exerts force on sensitive areas of the body, which also causes pain around muscles and joints.
So it’s vital for those with fibromyalgia to choose a mattress that’s designed specifically for both comfort and gentle support that eases pressure. The wrong mattress can not only lead to sleepless nights, but also further aggravate the condition.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU.
Surprisingly, most mattresses (even expensive and comfortable-feeling beds from major brands) are in effective at relieving pressure, and therefore pain. Digital imaging devices reveal how well different mattresses relieve pressure around the heaviest and most protruding parts of the body (such as hips and shoulders) when lying down. In the following pressure-mapped images, warmer colors represent areas of greatest pressure on the body. Intellibed mattresses clearly reduce pressure better than any of the other leading national mattress brands. This added comfort is a significant advantage for those with fibromyalgia.
WHY SUFFER WHEN WE CAN HELP YOU?
If you or someone you know suffers from fibromyalgia or other chronic pain, please give us a call today. We’ll quickly answer your questions and show you how an Intellibed mattress can improve your sleep (and your life)—as they’ve improved life for thousands of other people already.