A therapeutic mattress is any mattress designed to bring comfort and relief from the discomfort of backaches. It usually supports the back by encouraging proper spine alignment. Most hospitals use therapeutic beds that can be adjusted manually or electronically.
Therapeutic mattresses are made using a proprietary formula and are often more expensive than normal mattresses. Memory or latex foams are popular alternatives to hospital therapeutic mattresses and beds. A memory foam conforms to the body's shape and distributes the body's weight evenly to support the spine and encourage a comfortable rest. Expensive brands of therapeutic memory foam are able to absorb movement so as not to disturb the other person resting on the other side of the bed.