Best Mattress For Shoulder Pain

Man suffering from shoulder pain sitting on mattress

Do you suffer from shoulder pain during the night? If you do, you know how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep with this kind of discomfort. Having the wrong kind of mattress can often exacerbate or even be the cause of this type of pain. This is where Intellibed’s selection of mattresses with Gel Matrix® can help you out.* Gel Matrix® is the world’s first comfort technology that is both firm and soft at the same time. Intellibed mattresses really are the best mattress for shoulder pain. They provide soft comfort and pain relief for your hips and shoulders without sacrificing the support that’s crucial for your back to stay aligned.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

There are various causes of shoulder pain. Understanding what is causing your pain is the first step in finding a solution for pain relief. Make sure you consult with your doctor to diagnose your shoulder pain and determine a treatment plan. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

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Side Sleepers and Shoulder Pain

Roughly 50 percent of people choose to sleep on their side, either stretched out or in a fetal sleeping position. Sleeping on the side can be advantageous to those that experience back pain, as it can take pressure off of the back. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may also benefit from sleeping on the side as it can help to keep the airway open.

Unfortunately, sleeping on the side also has some disadvantages. When it comes to mattresses, pressure equals pain. As you sleep, painful pressure builds around the heaviest and most protruding parts of your body. This pain can disturb sleeping patterns leading to insomnia, sleep deprivation, and other sleep disorders. Pressure can also cause hip discomfort. The midsection of the body is the heaviest part of the body and tends to push hardest against the mattress.

This pressure can cause a lack of blood circulation, which causes bedsores in bedridden patients. Fortunately for most of us, our bodies recognize that our tissue is not receiving the blood it needs to survive and tells us that we need to shift into another position. We can stay in that new position until pressure builds again, and we have to shift positions once more.

The Link Between Tossing and Turning and Hip and Shoulder Pain

The adjustment and readjustment of the body, also known as – tossing and turning – may be experienced to a greater extent by a side sleeper. This is due to the fact that most of a side sleeper’s body weight is concentrated on the hips and shoulders. Sleeping on a conventional mattress with poor pressure relief causes you to toss and turn throughout the night (40 times on average). This cycle of disruption prevents you from achieving and sustaining the deep, healing stage-3 and 4 sleep your body needs for good health and can prevent you from feeling fully rested in the morning.

If a cycle of insomnia is started, several other health related problems may emerge. A lack of sleep has been known to lead to depression, certain types of cancers, higher stroke rates, heart disease and obesity. Sleep allows our bodies to heal faster. If someone is not getting a sufficient amount of sleep, pressure-induced hip and shoulder pain can become chronic, leading to a more difficult time falling and staying asleep. This unfortunate cycle leads to more pain and less sleep.

This is why many side sleepers prefer a soft mattress as it helps reduce the pressure on the hips and shoulders by letting the body sink into the mattress. There is a major downside to this strategy; supporting your body weight is the essential function of a mattress. Without firm support, sleepers may develop spinal misalignment that can cause lower back pain.

It seems like there is no winning. If you get a firm mattress, you run the risk of discomfort that keeps you tossing and turning at night, but if you get a soft mattress it can end up resulting in lower back pain. It’s a painful compromise. However, there is a solution.

Intellibed is the Best Mattress for Shoulder Pain Sufferers

“I had tried MANY beds. After trying the Nightfall, I am so happy with my choice. I sleep thru the night. I have horrible shoulder/low back pain and ths bed is incredible. No more waking in pain.

I tell EVERYONE about my Intellibed Nightfall.” – Deb H., WA.

Bob Rasmussen, engineer and co-founder of Intellibed, helped design Gel Matrix® to address the problems associated with traditional mattresses. Consulting with multiple doctors, therapists, and sleep experts all over the country, he created Intellibed mattresses as the ideal solution for supporting and cushioning the human body during sleep.

Mattresses featuring Gel Matrix® prevent hip and shoulder pain by providing both excellent pressure relief and maximum support. In other words, they are both firm and soft at the same time. They are so pressure relieving that they are even used in hospitals to prevent bed sores. Gel Matrix® mattresses have been shown to reduce this pressure by up to 60%, making it so you can comfortably sleep through the night without tossing and turning.

Pressure Mapping Reveals the Pressure Relieving Benefits of Gel Matrix®

Pressure-mapping technology creates a visual image of the pressure points around your body as you lay on a mattress. Red reveals areas of highest pressure. Cool colors indicate areas of least pressure. In side-by-side comparisons, you can clearly see the different amounts of pressure that various types of beds subject your body to—including regular innerspring, memory-foam mattresses, and air chamber mattresses. Notice that there aren’t any red spots visible on the Gel Matrix® image—indicating no areas of significant pressure.

“I bought my intellibed looking for better support as my last bed was a hybrid that caused me to get sore hips, shoulders and back. Constant tossing and turning Then waking up on my stomach dealing with Gerds. Life was miserable for me and I dreaded going to bed.

In comes Intellibed. I laid on the Midnight and fell in love. You truly have to lay On this bed to experience it. No pressure points not sore back, sleeping in the same position for hours. That’s what you get for this bed. I wake up energized and completely pain free. This bed has changed my life!” – Dr. James Hewing, NC.

Our Gel Matrix® mattresses are made of co-polymer gel shaped in a unique, column-buckling diamond shape that progressively collapses under heavier body parts while softly lifting lighter areas. This suspends your body in an ideal sleep posture and minimizes pressure. Less pressure means less pain, which results in less tossing and turning and disruptions to your sleep, but what is truly amazing is that under broad surfaces like your back it also provides three times the support of traditional mattresses. This means amazing back support that prevents back pain. The result is a mattress that is both firm and soft and perfect for every body type and sleeping position. With Gel Matrix®, you wake better rested and refreshed, with fewer aches in pains in the morning.

In addition, this material is all-natural, free of harsh chemicals, and hypoallergenic. Plus, Gel Matrix® technology is temperature-neutral and will help ensure that you are at the ideal temperature to promote healthy, restful sleep.

See if an Intellibed can help alleviate your shoulder pain, try an Intellibed today.

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Common questions about mattresses and Shoulder Pain.

    What’s the best sleeping position for shoulder pain sufferers?

  • Most sleep experts recommend that shoulder pain sufferers sleep on their backs as it puts the least amount of pressure on your shoulder and allows for optimal neck and spine alignment. This is a great position to sleep in if you are suffering from pressure pains or the pain is on the outside of your shoulder or in your arm. However, if you are sleeping on your back and your shoulder is still hurting you may need to experiment with other sleeping positions.

    You can try putting a small pillow between your shoulder blades while sleeping on your back. If your pain is located on the back of your shoulder or sleeping on your back is exacerbating your pain, try sleeping on your side with the unaffected shoulder on the mattress with a pillow under the injured shoulder’s arm to support the shoulder.

    If you can’t find a position on your back or side that is comfortable, try sleeping on your stomach with your arms under or next to your pillow. In the end, finding the best sleeping position is mostly guess and check. Make sure you take note of the positions that are the least painful and if pain persists, consult your doctor.

  • Will an Adjustable Base help my Shoulder pain?

    Sleeping in an inclined position can reduce pressure on the injured shoulder and potentially help you sleep better. If you feel less pain while sitting in a reclining chair than laying on a flat mattress, it would definitely be worth trying to sleep on an incline with an adjustable base. Some adjustable base models also come with massage features that could help relax your muscles, relieving shoulder pain.

  • Can a bad bed cause shoulder pain?

    Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints side sleepers have. A mattress that is too firm puts too much pressure on the joint causing shoulder misalignment, pain and tension, and could cause tendonitis and pinched nerves. A bad mattress can also aggravate existing injuries. A telltale sign that your mattress is the culprit is if you experience less pain when you stay at a hotel or friend’s house.

    Before you splurge on a new mattress, it might be worth checking to see if your pillow is to blame, especially if you are suffering from neck and shoulder pain. Your pillow needs to keep your neck in line with your spine. If your pillow is too thick or not thick enough your neck will be out of alignment and could be straining the muscles and vertebrae in your neck.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain*

  • Osteoarthritis

    This is the most common chronic joint condition. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 30 million people in the United States Suffer from Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down, usually caused by “wear and tear.” This causes pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased range of motion in areas like the hips, knees, spine and shoulders.

    Treatments for Osteoarthritis depend on the severity of the damage and pain. For milder cases, Tylenol and Ibuprofen can help manage symptoms. Additionally, physical therapy and occupational therapy can help increase flexibility, strengthen muscles surrounding the joint to reduce pain. For those suffering from more severe cases of arthritis, cortisone injections, lubrication injections and bone realignment are possible treatments. If the damage is too severe, a surgeon will need to do an arthroplasty or joint replacement.

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  • Acute injury

    An acute injury is a sudden injury typically associated with a traumatic event that occurs in one specific area of the body. Traumatic events are things like running into another player during a sport or falling off a bicycle and can result in bruising, muscle strains, dislocations, sprains, and even fractures.

    Depending on the injury sustained, treatment may vary. If you have an acute injury, consult your doctor for the best treatment options. For most minor acute injuries, little more is required than R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), anti-inflammatory medicine and time for your body to heal.

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  • Bursitis

    Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. The hips, shoulders, and elbows are the most common locations for bursitis. This condition often occurs from frequent repetitive motion but can be caused by trauma.

    There are various treatments for bursitis including removal of bursa fluid, cortisone shots and physical therapy. Bursae can also cause pain if they are infected. If infection occurs, antibiotic therapy is required and possibly surgical drainage and removal of the infected bursa sac.

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  • Tendonitis

    Tendonitis is inflammation in the connective tissue that attaches your muscles to your bones. The most common cause is repeated movements, particularly ones in which your arm moves over your head. Participants of sports such as baseball, basketball, and tennis frequently suffer from tendonitis. Your doctor will likely need to do an X-ray, MRI or ultrasound to diagnosis if this is the cause of your shoulder pain.

    Again, treatment will depend on the severity and range from rest and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and strengthening exercises to steroid shots and surgery for more severe injuries and tears.

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  • Torn Rotator Cuff

    Your rotator cuff is system of muscles and tendons that keep the ball of your upper arm in your shoulder socket. Without it you wouldn’t be able to rotate, lift, extend or even lower your arm. Injuries to the rotator cuff are common in jobs and sports where you have to move your arm the same way often, like painters or window washers.

    Tears in the rotator cuff are typically diagnosed with an MRI and will require physical therapy, pain/anti-inflammatory medicine, rest, and steroid injections. If your body can’t heal on its own or the damage is too severe, you will likely need surgery where the surgeon will try to reconnect the damaged tissues. A joint replacement could be necessary if the damage to the rotator cuff is too severe.

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  • Bone spurs

    A bone spur is a growth on the edge of a bone typically occurring next to your body’s joints. They are pretty common and usually don’t cause pain. Some medical research has even shown that bone spurs form to prevent damage from hyper-extension and dislocation. .

    While most bone spurs do not need to be treated and don’t cause symptoms, they can lead to pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, numbness and even tendon tears. A doctor will likely need to take X-rays to see if bone spurs have formed and need to be treated. Typical treatments include physical therapy, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If bone spurs cause severe pain or loss of flexibility, they will need to be removed surgically.

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  • Pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder

    A pinched nerve occurs when something presses on or irritates the nerve, causing pain in the shoulder or neck, and numbness in arm and hand. Other symptoms include muscle weakness in the arm or shoulder, tingling in the hand or fingers, and pain when turning head from side to side. A doctor will typically diagnose the problem with an X-ray or CT scan.

    Treatment will depend on how severe the pain is and can include oral or injected corticosteroids, a soft cervical collar to immobilize the neck, physical therapy and pain medication. If pain persists, your doctor may recommend surgery.

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  • Broken shoulder or arm bones (including microfractures)

    The shoulder is made up of three different bones, the scapula, clavicle and humerus. A fracture in any one of these bones can cause severe discomfort while sleeping. Injuries are typically caused by a direct blow to the shoulder from a fall or collision and are particularly common after car crashes.

    Most shoulder fractures can be treated without surgery and typically involve pain management and immobilization of the shoulder. However, with compound fractures and fractures where the bone fragments have shifted, surgery will be required to set the bones with plates, screws and pins. In extreme cases, the shoulder joint will need to be replaced.

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  • Dislocated shoulder

    The shoulder joint has the widest range of motion in the entire body, making it prone to dislocation. Typical symptoms include visibly out of place shoulder, intense pain and swelling, and inability to move joint. If you suspect dislocation, immediately seek medical attention. Your doctor will take X-rays to make sure that they can safely correct the dislocation without surgery. Once the joint is back in place the doctor will likely prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine. With proper treatment most people recover fully within a few weeks.

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  • Fibromyalgia

    This is a common, complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness in specific areas or throughout the body. It can vary in intensity. Typical symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties, and stiffness.
    Unfortunately, there is no cure for fibromyalgia and treatment mainly consists of managing symptoms including pain relievers, exercise, stress management, establishing good sleeping habits and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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*If you are experiencing shoulder pain, make sure that you consult with your doctor to diagnose the cause and get treatment.