How to choose a mattress wisely

 Buying a new bed – some thinking points for the buyer and what to be wary of!

  • Choosing a bed when you are feeling stiff and in pain will often make you choose a bed that feels instantly comfortable – typically memory foam feels great in the first quick lying down test! Get some advice and get YOUR back treated and THEN look for the right bed.
  • The best quality beds stay at the same density and firmness for the longest time. Cheap so called “Orthopaedic” mattresses may feel TOO hard for 6 months – but then the springs shift and leave you on a misshapen and uncomfortable bed!
  • The term Orthopaedic is no guarantee of quality – it is not protected in law in the UK.
  • Ideally choose a mattress that is rated 7 out of 10 for firmness – You can tell when it is well constructed, as it should NOT collapse when you sit in the edge and it should not fold easily when you turn it!
  • A bed that is too hard makes it difficult for the muscles of the back to relax and find comfort – and a bed that is too soft gives little or no positive up lift support and therefor offers no real correction to the stiff curves that your back may have.
  • Remember if you sit all day at a computer – the bed you select needs to provide your body with rest, help the back feel supported and allow you to recover from the day’s work!
  • When you are in the shop trying out the huge range of new bed options – Don’t forget to lie down on your front and back and both sides to see how comfortable you feel in all sleeping positions.
  • A divan sprung base will also need changing and cost more in the long run. A solid or slatted base will leave you more money to spend on a better mattress.
  • Don’t forget your old bed is OLD and that is why perhaps you want to change it? It may well be softer than any new bed – it will take you time and perhaps some exercise advice to adapt to the new bed!
  • The “turn over “test – Trying turning over by starting lying on one side then turning to the other and then back again A supportive mattress is essential – so too soft is not going to help you when you turn over in the night – a key time when people complain of pain.

C1, Sutherland Avenue/C1 Westminster City Council

Location Code: 6216
C, Westminster City Council
Charge Times: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 6:30pm
For every 10 Minutes 8:30am – 6:30pm £0.28 (0.02)
1 Hour 8:30am – 6:30pm £1.70
Charge Times: Bank Holiday
24 Hours Free

Minimum Stay: 10 min
Maximum Stay: 4 Hours.
Extendable: Up to Maximum stay.
A minimum purchase of 10 minutes applies at this location. If selecting 1-9 minutes you will be allocated and charged for the minimum purchase.
Last tariff update: 09 March 2018

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There are pay and display parking bays available most reliably on Delaware Road W9 near the library

Maida Vale Library
Sutherland Avenue
W9 2QT

Bus route stopping outside are the 6, 187 and 414 

Nearest tube is Warwick Avenue on Bakerloo line one stop from Paddington mainline station.


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What to bring with you

It would be useful but not essential to bring the following items to your consultation:

    • GP Details and Referral Letter
    • X-Rays or Scans
    • Current medication list
    • Completed Health Insurance Forms
    • Medical Reports
    • Exercise Program

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Body Back-Up Main Reception hours:
08:30 – 18:00 Monday to Friday
09:00 – 13:00 Saturdays

Body Back-Up Clinic Hours

Monday  09:30 – 17:00   Osteopath Robin Lansman
Tuesday  09:00 – 13:00   Osteopath Karen Phillips
Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00  Osteopath Robin Lansman
Thursday 09:00 – 13.00 Osteopath Karen Phillips
Friday      09:00 – 13:00 Osteopath Karen Phillips

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On & Off Street Parking
Please ensure your vehicle is not blocking local Resident’s driveways or parked on pavements or grass
We have a small rear carpark to the back of your building.


Bus route 37 stops on Cookham Road.

Nearest train station is Furze Platt station.

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