We actively work with physiotherapists in the development of our products, and we have undergone training to further our education in the study of sleep and recovery to better advise our customers who may be dealing with sleep issues or who simply want to get the very best quality sleep. Here you will find information to help you improve your quality of life as well as other useful tips.
LET US TELL YOU HOW OUR BEDS CAN HELP
A Jensen bed isn’t a method of treatment in itself although it could help alleviate your back pain by supporting your spine and helping it remain aligned, and also by allowing you to get more quality sleep.
All Jensen beds have been designed with the intention to be as ergonomic and comfortable as possible, and they achieve this through Jensen’s Original Zone System. The mattress is divided in five zones of different firmness. The zone which supports your back is designed to be firmer whereas the zone which supports your pelvis is softer allowing this area of your body to sink deeper. The shoulder zone is also softer. But why is this so?
If you look at a person from the side you will probably notice that their back isn’t completely flat. Each region of our back is curved; both the cervical and lumbar regions curve in (called lordosis) whereas the thoracic region curves out (called kyphosis). The spine is naturally curved to allow for movement and stability and to distribute weight and forces. Without these curves, we wouldn’t even be able to stand without losing our balance. Look at the same person from the front or back and in most cases, you will see that the shoulders and hips stick out more than the waist.
SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK
When you lie on your back on a Jensen bed of the right firmness you will notice that your pelvis sinks slightly into the mattress whilst your lower back is supported. This means the bed is allowing for the natural lumbar curve. Because the pelvis is allowed to sink deeper into the mattress the legs are slightly higher, resulting in a small flexion at the hips. This light bend takes tension off the hip flexor muscles, especially the illiopsoas muscles, allowing your back to relax more and remain in an ergonomic position whilst you sleep.
Sleeping on your back is generally recommended for shoulder pain as it takes most pressure off the shoulder, especially off the glenohumeral joint. You can place pillows on either side to try and avoid rolling over onto your side during sleep. Make sure to adjust pillow height correctly so that your neck is aligned with the rest of your spine. In general, the pillow has to be relatively low, high enough to fill the gap between your neck and the mattress but not so much that it causes your neck to flex.
SLEEPING ON YOUR BACK
When you lie on your side on a Jensen bed of the right firmness you will notice that your shoulders and hips sink comfortably into the mattress whilst your waist is supported. Combined with a pillow of the correct height, your spine will be correctly aligned and supported, allowing for the proper relaxation of the muscles in your back and promoting the hydration of the intervertebral discs. Notice how we automatically bend our knees and hips – this is both to make us more stable on our side and to help the muscles in our backs to relax.
The shoulder zone is especially soft to allow your shoulder to sink deeper into the mattress when you lie on your side. Not only does this reduce pressure on your shoulder, it also helps keep your spine correctly aligned. If you have shoulder pain but feel more comfortable sleeping on your side, try sleeping on the healthy shoulder to take pressure off the painful one. Pillow height must be adjusted so that the gap between the side of your face and the mattress is filled and your neck is correctly aligned with the rest of the spine.