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Own An Adjustable bed, make it easier to live with pain

Updated on April 11, 2009

My situation and why I own an adjustable bed

Anyone, even somewhat young individuals can suffer from back pain, especially low back pain. Have you ever heard the expression "man was not meant to walk upright"?

I was suffering from low back pain, with no apparent injury known, and in 2004 my pain became so bad, that when I started having the burning searing pain and numbness radiating down my left leg, I was forced to see an orthopedic physician. After receiving results of my MRI which showed several bulging discs and severe stenosis in two areas of my spine, referred me to a neurosurgeon.

To make a long story short, after working hard doing back and abdominal exercises, the pain and numbness radiating down my leg subsided and the numbness stopped. I never had the surgery recommended by my neurosurgeon. I have continued to have periodic aching pains and stiffness, I may ultimately end up having surgery—some day.


Now let me explain how owning an adjustable bed can literally change your life, if you have similar problems with back pain—like me.

Since developing back problems I have had difficulties getting comfortable lying flat. I tried and air bed, memory foam and a high end pillow top mattress.

I received a call from a friend of mine who is a little bit older, who eventually had a hip replacement related to severe arthritis, and no, she is not heavy (like me), thin and small framed. She excitedly told me about buying an adjustable bed and how great it is and how she loves owning an adjustable bed. Carol said before buying the adjustable bed, she was often forced to sleep in her recliner.

Because Carol was so convinced that owning an adjustable bed was one of the best things she had ever done for herself, I started thinking more and more about the idea.

After one of my miserable nights rolling and turning trying to keep from getting out the bed and moving to the recliner, I made my mind up. We were sleeping on a high end pillow top mattress which was only about two years old, I really thought of the money we had already spent.

I brought up the idea of owning an adjustable bed to my husband, after reminding me several times about the money we had spent on our current mattress, he agreed, we would buy an adjustable bed.


For hours, on the Internet, I read the pros and cons, desirable features, things to look for before purchasing adjustable beds.

Now after having our adjustable bed for almost a year now, I know how beneficial owning an adjustable bed is, it is truly amazing having a product that improves health, provides deeper sleep and gives an ultra comfortable place to watch TV and read.

Benefits Of Owning An Adjustable Bed

  • Just some of the possible benefits of owning an adjustable bed:

***Most Important! If you have a diagnosis from your physician of arthritis, COPD, chronic circulatory disease and others, you may be eligible for a TAX DEDUCTION when you purchase your adjustable bed. If you have a diagnosis of severe allergies, and you make the decision to buy a latex or memory foam mattress, you may qualify for a tax deduction. If you qualify for a tax deduction depends on your specific situation and what state you live. Speak with the retailer/dealer when you make a decision to buy, speak with your tax person, then discuss the situation with your physician. If you are in a situation where you do qualify, definitely do not miss the opportunity to do so!

Sleeping in a more natural position with the legs elevated relieves pressure-taken off the lumbar spine, can alleviate lower back problems.

  • Circulation increased by reducing the pressure points caused by sleeping on a hard flat surface.

  • Edema, the condition of abnormal fluid volume in the tissues, is reduced by elevating the legs to stimulate the excess fluid entry into the circulatory system.
  • Asthma and breathing difficulties are greatly reduced by the upper body being elevated to reduce the pressure on the lungs. The increased circulation and the reduced edema also help to reduce any fluid build-up in the lungs.

  • Acid Reflux, the condition of the lower esophageal sphincter relaxing to allow harsh stomach acids to leak back up into the esophagus, are alleviated by elevating the head at least 6 inches during sleep.

Other problems an adjustable bed may help to alleviate:

--Neck and shoulder pain



--Sleep Apnea

--Restless Leg Syndrome

What Features That Are Important To Look For When Chosing An Adjustable Bed?

There are two types of adjustable beds namely standard and heavy duty. If your health is in normal condition you can choose to buy standard type. Heavy duty beds. This kind of bed is useful for people who have some health problem.

Have a look at the construction of frame and decide if you wish to have a heavy duty furniture or regular spring box type of appearance. Check the description of the motors used and see if they are UL listed and CSA approved. Check whether the motor is insulated with rubber wheels. This is necessary for the motor to operate smoothly. There is an unbelievable selections of features on new adjustable beds, controls wired or unwired, do you want a wireless remote or one wired into the bed frame? Carol and I both chose the wireless remote, but a wired remote works just as well and may save you some money if you are ok with the wired option. Some remotes can be programed, so when you find an incredibly comfortable position, you can return to that position with the touch of a button. Heat and massage is an option, of course may add some to the price. We both have the massage option, it is nice, but I don't use the massage very often. Wall hugger action, means when you do adjust your head elevation, your night stand will remain accessible. Power Reserve® means you have a remote battery module which allows the bed to be lowered in the event of power failure. Read over all the features and make a decision about what you really want and need, if you chose and S-cape model, it will have most of the features, but some of the other types, you may only get a portion of the features, so may sure to ask questions before you buy.

Make sure to consider the weight capacity needed. If you and your spouse, or the person or persons the bed is to accommodate are fairly small to medium weight individuals, a standard frame is probably sufficient. If the individuals are as my spouse and I, both tall and large, make sure and consider the heavy duty frame construction. The S-cape Leggett and Platt adjustable beds(Leggett and Platt is one of the largest bed manufacturers), start with a capacity of 350 lbs, but be sure and take note of the capacity and ask questions, some other types start at a lower weight capacity. Also if needed, a bariatric bed is available which has a weight limit of 675 lbs.

Adjustable beds are good when they have at least 50 degree inclination at head and foot. Check description of the bed frame to see whether the bed you are looking has this. Adjustable beds are special because they allow you to adjust them as per your wish. Hence check description and functions of the controls, choose whether to have manual controls or electric controls. Again in electric controls you can have either wired remote controls or wireless remote controls.

It is preferable to choose adjustable beds which have wheels. Such beds can be easily cleaned as well as transported without much fuss. You can easily roll on to move them. Otherwise it is quite difficult to move these beds.


Where To Shop For An Adjustable Bed

Shop what your local area offers, or do like Carol and I both ended up doing, don't be afraid to explore the possibility of buying from a reputable dealer off the internet. Especially if you live in a small town with limited selection, the convenience is unmatched and often, the price is much less.

Even the fact that an adjustable bed, is really heavy, approximately: 130 pounds for a XL twin, maybe more if you decide that you need side rails and this does not include the weight of a mattress. Buying from the internet and having your bed delivered and set up, is still an option to consider.


Think About The Best Mattress To Use

Selections of mattresses are another thing. I am very satisfied with my choice of the latex mattress, Carol loves the memory foam mattress that she purchased.

My latex mattress has an open cell construction which allows better air circulation than any spring mattress. It is not attractive to dust mites, resilient and resists break down. Latex is well known to last for a long time. Where ever you end up buying your adjustable bed and mattress, be sure it is a reputable dealer, and remember they can easily be bought at different places. Latex and memory foam are excellent choices to use with an adjustable bed because neither are stiff as a coil type mattress. If you still feel you need to use a coil mattress, this is possible, but make sure and ask the dealer which mattresses are appropriate to use on an adjustable bed frame. You can use a coil mattress, but you should clarify if the one you have or have chosen is made in such a way that it will be flexable enough to accommodate the range of movement of an adjustable bed.

It will be easier for you to live with back pain, asthma, reflux, arthritis—own an adjustable bed.

Just To Mention Sheets.....

I will not say very much about sheets, some advertisers would tell you sheets for adjustable beds should be special "adjustable bed sheets". I will say that both Carol and I use regular bed sheets and they seem to work just fine. Most of the special adjustable bed sheets appear very expensive and since I have not purchased them, and the regular sheets work fine, I am not sure if they warrant the extra expense.

Sheets you'll sleep on every day, treat yourself. I think you should chose the best you can afford. After all, you'll hopefully spend a full 8 hours a day sleeping on them! Cotton is the most popular sheet fabric, but some people prefer non-wrinkling cotton blends. Flannel is warm and cosey. For luxury, choose satin, silk, or microfiber. You might buy a pair of pillowcases, use them for awhile, wash them and see how you like them, see if they hold up before you buy the whole set. If you buy them online, lots of retailer will guarantee the sheets and you can return them, if they do not hold up well.


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      lornasasse 5 years ago

      Wish I could help you Cesargggggg, but all I can recommend is call the merchant you purchased the bed or contact a store where a simular bed is sold. I would also do a google search using the information listed in your questions and see if any contacts come up, if so email that contact. Wish I could help you more.

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      Cesargggggg 5 years ago

      I need , know , where i buy the power down box IC 2004A for adjustable beds 2MR S-Cape . Urgent. thank .

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      candice 5 years ago

      Karen - did you find a replacement? My dog did the same thing! Help!

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      Lornasasse 6 years ago

      Hi Karen, I would call the company you purchased your bed from, even if it is not under warranty. I also would do searches in Google, you may luck across a company which replaces or repairs components. Also do a search on ebay. Good luck, I hope you find some help to repair or replace it, I know you miss using your bed.

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      Karen 6 years ago

      I have an adjustable bed, but my dog chewed the cord of the power down box. It is an IC:2004A-PWRDNBOX. Any idea how I can get a new one?

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      tlee 9 years ago

      good work but too high for me. brenda is doing good. t

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      Carol  9 years ago

      Excellent article filled with down-to-earth facts, that I wish I had had access to

      prior to making a decision to change from a conventional bed. And, by the way, after

      arduous marketing research, I did purchase a bed from Legett-Pratt which was a very

      professional, pleasant and rewarding experience. Just as a side note, most chiropractors rarely ask the client what kind of bed they are sleeping on, which, needless to say, amounts to many years of sleep either on a comfortable or uncomfortable bed. Your spine supports your body--treat it with great respect; and besides, you deserve an adjustable bed. Often it is difficult for us humans to make a major change in the way we do things, but truly, a good night's sleep will help improve your overall health, as well. I have absolutely no regrets in buying an adjustable bed!

      Thank you, Lornasasse!

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      beee 9 years ago

      Great Information, very convincing regarding the bed being a benefit. Thanks for the article!