At Adapt, we believe in a holistic approach to health, wellness, and pain free living.
We make it a point to help our clients as much outside of our office as we do in office.
As such, were always being asked what chairs, shoes, pillows, mattresses, and other things our clients should be using to help their healing.
Many of our clients have chronic back pain, hip pain, or neck pain and a good pair of shoes, pillow, and mattress are the most important thing they can do to prevent future setbacks and accelerate their journey.
Even if you have the perfect physical therapy treatment program, your healing will always stall if you sleep on a bad mattress for 8 hours a night, or stand and walk in poorly fitting shoes.
Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite things that can assist in your journey.
Let’s first start with our mattress recommendations.
A good mattress is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. In fact, you will probably spend more time using your mattress than nearly any other item you own, so don’t cheap out here.
I find that people often keep old, worn down mattresses around for far longer than they should just because they don’t realize how worn down they’ve gotten.
When shopping for a mattress, you want one that is on the medium firm end, and is either a hybrid of foam and coals, or latex.
If you are a side sleeper, you might be better off with a medium mattress.
If you sleep on your back, medium firm is the way to go.
And if you sleep on your stomach, you need to stop doing that at once.
Some of our favorite brands are…
Avocado’s base mattress is a hybrid of spring and foam.
Their newest one is a latex mattress, which has the same sturdiness with no springs.
Over time, springs will wear down and get too soft. Latex will have a similar feel in the beginning, but wears out much better long term, leading to a longer overall lifetime.
With either Avocado, you also can’t go wrong.
We find it very hard to make continual progress with somebody if they have terrible footwear.
When sneaker shopping, here is what to look for:
1. A supportive shoe must have a firm heel that does not fold over when pressed
2. The toe box must easily bend without the middle of the shoe bending
3. When you press down, the outside heal must not give
4. When looking from behind, the heel height must be even throughout.
Recommended Indoor Shoes
When considering using a shoe indoors, first take note of what you are looking to achieve.
Most people are looking for pressure relief off of either their heels, knees or low back to relieve undue stress.
In this situation, a shoe with a thicker insole and rocker bottom would be most helpful.
Here are a few really comfortable options we like: