Mammoth’s Health Partnerships Manager, Sarah Smith, explains why collaboration is key to the brand’s continuing success and shares how Chartered Physiotherapist Tracey Atkinson became the latest expert to put Medical Grade Foam™ technology through its paces.

As the saying goes: no man is an island. And neither is a business. At Mammoth we believe in the importance of collaboration and sharing best practice to achieve great results for customers.

Last month, as part of our research and design partnership with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), we brought in experienced physiotherapist Tracey Atkinson to cast her expert eye over our products and give her professional appraisal.

Before she got to grips with the Mammoth, Tracey explained how traditional sleep surfaces have always fallen short when it comes to protecting the body at night, and why it was no surprise that so many people in the UK today complain of back pain and musculoskeletal problems.

“Historically, there have been no genuine pressure-relieving seats or mattresses widely available for the consumer within the retail upholstery market, and none that a clinician can credibly recommend as being backed by a strong evidence base in relation to the management and prevention of long and short-term musculoskeletal conditions and illnesses.

“This can greatly affect any rehabilitation work performed by the physiotherapist and the patient.”

Tracey then went on to explain how the evolution of the mattress from the early pocket sprung surface hasn’t always reaped benefits for sleepers.FullSizeRender

“Traditional mattresses with springs create counter pressure – the opposite to what is required when providing pressure relief. Memory foam is recognised as a pressure-relieving material. However, it is not designed for the human body and so presents certain problems when used in such applications. Memory foam requires heat and time to mould to the shape of the body, and as a result this can cause discomfort and dehydration through overheating.

“The rate of tissue breakdown, and therefore the likelihood of developing a pressure sore, has been shown to be greater when skin temperature is raised in neurologically impaired patients. This characteristic of memory foam can also affect the ability of an individual to move during the night, which can hinder musculoskeletal health.”

As those familiar with Mammoth’s technologies will know, our unique Medical Grade Foam™ mattresses are significantly more effective than other sprung or memory foam surfaces in achieving comfort, pressure relief, support and temperature regulation.

The qualities of Mammoth are well documented, thanks to the recognition received from both the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and independent tests performed by product testing institution, SATRA.

But what does this mean in practice? We encouraged Tracey to examine our range with her expert eye. Her conclusion:

“On physically testing a variety of mattresses and pillows made up of Mammoth’s High Specification Medical Grade Foam™, they provided the correct alignment and support for the spine. By testing the gap within the lumbar spine, the spine did not sink into the mattress so there was no lumbar curve present, neither was there too much of a gap, which would have suggested there was no support at all.”

As a brand that strives to improve health and wellbeing through the development of innovative furniture products, we are always open to the input of medical professionals who can help us deliver cutting edge products to consumers.

We also appreciate the support that many health experts have shown us over the last five years since we launched the first Medical Grade Foam™ mattress. Today, we work closely with a growing number of physios, chiropractors, personal trainers, nutritionists and other health professionals who understand the benefits of sleep for their patients and clients.

If you are a health professional and would like to find out more about working with Mammoth, why not get in touch with me at sarah.smith@mammothuk.com