Buying a new bed that works with your body can be quite a challenge.
A firm bed is the best kind for people with neck or back problems. However this needs to be considered in relation to your shape and body weight. For example you might have a firm base, but if you have an excessive curve in your back, you may need a softer bed. In any event, the bed should be soft enough that the buttocks can sink into the bed to the point where the spine feels comfortable. For example if you have large hips you might need a softer bed, compared to someone who has small hips.
If you are a light person a very firm bed could be uncomfortable.
Overall choose a bed that allows the spine to be held in its most comfortable position – ideally it should be straight when lying on your side.
This information was copied and paraphrased from the following books:
Facilitated Stretching – R E McAtee and J Charland
Stretching and Flexibility – K Laughlin
Overcome Neck and Back Pain – K Laughlin
PilateSystem – T Blount and E McKenzie
Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 25 years and hypnosis over the past 5 years.