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Back & Shoulder Pain. A firm mattress & a soft latex topper.

Joe writes:

Hi Pete, I saw your website, and would like to ask for your advice.I have a lot of issues with 2 primary areas: lower back and shoulder/neck. For years, a firm mattress  was very comfortable for me, but when my neck/shoulder pain started up, I found I couldn’t sleep on it any longer. I didn’t try a topper then. Instead, I bought a new mattress, the (Westin heavenly bed). The problem is that the mattress is too soft for my back, but wonderful for my shoulder/neck area. When my back hurts from having slept on the Westin heavenly mattress, I sleep on a wool topper + camping mattress on the floor. Then my back feels much better, but my shoulder and neck feel awful. Help! I’m not sure what I need to try next. Is the Westin heavenly known as being a soft mattress? Is there anything I could try to make it firmer for my lower back, but to keep the plush cushioning for my shoulder/neck area? Is there another combination that you suggest trying?

Thanks in advance, Joe


Hi Joe,

Well, you came to the right place. When left to do this on your own, or when relying on the pitches from the salespeople at the stores…you find yourself in a position where you are trying things to see what works.No more stabs in the dark. You body has already spoken to you and  now, I’m going to translate that for you. Obviously, your back requires firm support. Had you known about the latex toppers before you bought the Simmons Beautyrest Westin Heavenly Bed, you would still be sleeping on your old firm mattress…and doing so comfortably.

The coils in your Westin Bed are made of very thin wire, which creates a greater depth of softness, which few backs can tolerate for very long.

Your back and shoulder issues need to be addressed separately….and with products that work long term. The solution is a firm mattress with a soft latex topper. Only latex provides comfort that doesn’t lose its shape. Only latex provides comfort that remains comfortable for years. Most mattresses are softened with poly and/or memory foam, which feel great to try, but last only a short while. Also, you need to maintain firm support for your back. Latex provides the comfort your shoulder needs, does it long term, and without sacrificing the the underlying support of a firm mattress.

Here are links to what works…no guessing involved…no more groping in the dark for the right sleep system.

Opt for the Cameo firm and a 2″ soft Talalay Latex foam mattress topper.


Therapedic Keepsake Cameo Firm

Therapedic Keepsake Cameo Firm


Latex Foam Mattress Topper

Latex Mattress Topper

Thanks, Pete

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