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Back Science™ | Our Mission

The Bed That Has Your Back™

Here at Back Science™, led by our head of product development Chiropractor Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C., we strive to develop the latest mattress and bed technologies to help people suffering from back pain and various health conditions get the restful sleep they deserve. We are constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of technology to bring consistent positive improvement to the lives of over 130,000 customers and counting. In our more than 20 years of experience innovating in the industry and working directly, one-on-one with our customer base, we have been able to change the lives of back pain sufferers all across the U.S. and beyond by paying attention to their specific needs and keeping our focus on their health and well being. Scroll down to learn more about why our customers trust us with their sleep, and how the Back Science™ Bed can make a difference in your life.

Over 20 Years of Excellence in Design & Innovation Over 20 Years of Excellence in Design & Innovation

Our Agoura Hills, CA Manufacturing Facility

We manufacture our mattresses and bedding in our 10,000ft² Southern California manufacturing facility where we use 100% U.S.A. materials to hand-craft our products to perfection.

A Personal Touch

Our head of product development, Chiropractor Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C. is personally involved with the manufacturing process and keeps a close eye on operations in the factory to ensure everything is made according to our quality standards; regularly becoming involved in customizing, adjusting, and overseeing the products being made to add a personal touch from his over 23 years of experience working with our products and manufacturing team to provide unbeatable USA quality you won't find anywhere else.

Kool-Flow™ Micro-Vented Bamboo Stretch-Knit Cover Material

Here you can see our Kool-Flow™ Micro-Vented cover material being sewn. We use a bamboo stretch-knit material to which is covered in millions of ventilation pathways to allow maximum breathability to help you stay cooler at night. The stretch-knit design allows for the material to flex with your mattress or pillow so it can contour properly to the bumps and curves of your body and allow them to do their job of properly supporting your back and neck while you sleep.

Attention to Details

Our experience manufacturing technicians are caring and detail-oriented to make sure we produce the highest quality bed products. We operate under a policy of quality and care with our products, that's why we perform rigorous quality assurance inspections on every product and the factory areas and ensure we use only the best practices for producing top-quality USA-made mattresses and bedding.

Dedication to Craftsmanship

With 23 years of experience and a rich history in manufacturing the highest quality mattress and bedding products in the industry, our team of experienced technicians have a dedication to quality and craftsmanship you won't find at a mass-produced manufacturing plant.

Innovation in Technology & Design

Here at Back Science™ we are constantly innovating and developing new technologies to further the industry and provide you with the latest and greatest innovations to the industry, such as our *Patented Airflow Transfer System™ Technology developed by our head of product development, Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C. which uses a system of thousands of hole that connect with channels lower down in the mattress to give it up to 100Xs more breathability and keep you much cooler throughout the night.

The Airflow Transfer System is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7,334,280

Chiropractor Dr. Rick Swatzburg, D.C.

Chiropractor Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C.

Head of Product Development

Most people are heaviest in their mid-section thanks to both the heavier bones of the pelvis and larger lumbar joints, but also because that is where we tend to hold extra weight. While Pillow-Top mattresses, innerspring and other pressure relief materials such as memory foam, gel foam and latex foam offer the comfort needed to allow the body to relax enough to fall asleep, they usually fall short in allowing the spine to maintain the proper alignment needed to give it the support that is required to keep a healthy back. The Back Science™ mattress has a proprietary built-in adjustable lumbar zone that will provide more support in the mid-section, thereby changing the pivot angle that will counter balance your spine to give more mid-section buoyancy, while allowing your shoulders and legs to achieve more contouring pressure relief. The result is a more comfortable sleeping position that maintains that proper spinal alignment. You can then have the option to pair the Back Science™ mattress with our Back Science™ Adjustable Beds to allow you to also make real-time overall back support adjustments that can further refine the level of spinal support (as in the case of our Level 2 and 3 BackFlex™ Series), as well as offer head and foot elevation, zero gravity position and even vibration massage to create the ultimate back pain solution!

It's a well-known fact that a good night's sleep is vital for your health, but those that suffer from back pain know that without the right mattress to properly support your spine, the pain can become intolerable and lead to the constant need to shift and squirm to find that comfortable position all night long, thereby destroying the quality healing sleep so crucially needed to allow the body to produce the proper hormones to begin the healing process.

Your level of back pain is a good indicator of how well your back is supported by your mattress and that's why you should never settle for allowing your back pain to continue and even worsen throughout the night due to an unsupportive mattress. With our Back Science Bed, we have engineered our mattresses to properly support your spine by looking at the correct anatomical posture. The Back Science mattress will contour the shape of your back, without allowing your center to hammock down into the mattress. The result is true anatomically correct alignment of your spine, while giving muscle and joint pressure relief and comfort thanks to our specially zoned and extra buoyant ResiliFlex™ support base and Posture-Flex™ Gel Comfort layers with the Back Science™ adjustable bed, you even have the BackFlex™ technology that allows you to further adjust the lumbar and upper spinal support.

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After over 22 years of designing every type of mattress, with some very successful top-rated national brands, I am most proud of what I helped achieve with the Back Science Bed, since it is the first mattress, like the name implies, uses actual science and technology to achieve a real solution for helping support the back, as well as helping those who suffer from back pain finally get the proper rest they so badly need. The Back Science™ Bed is not only perfect for helping to keep your back in proper alignment due to its very specific lumbar zoning and buoyant gel foams, but it also offers the necessary contouring pressure relief to properly support all the surrounding musculature and allow the shoulders to conform with the mattress to reduce joint pressure points. Below is an image showing a demonstration of a model that was used to verify the change in alignment with the Mattress Checker App. when he was on a Back Science™ Series 2 vs. one of our other softer mattresses from a different brand. When you look at the posture alignment of the model's spine with a soft mattress that has no zoning and with our Back Science™ Series 2, you will see quite a difference in the alignment. The spine should be straight when you are on your side, but with the softer mattress, the alignment is 900% worse than with the specially zoned Back Science™ mattress (Deviation angle of over 13.8 degrees vs. only 1.4 degrees off the 180 degree straight line). The amazing thing is that the Back Science Series 2 and 3 offer an incredible amount of joint pressure reduction and are just as comfortable as many softer types of mattresses, even though they both provide a more buoyant firm type of support in the low back, thanks to that special lumbar zoning that gives that firmer lift.

Additionally, the Back Science mattress is also very specifically made to work in tandem with an adjustable bed that will provide head and foot elevation (zero-gravity as an example), which can be quite beneficial in reducing pressure in the spine. We even offer an adjustable bed base that can further adjust the overall back support, using our BackFlex™ lumbar support technology. Thanks to our all USA made higher-grade components, our Back Science mattress has an industry leading 30-year limited warranty that offers double the sag coverage at only ¾ of an inch, compared to the 1.5 inches most companies require before the warranty is triggered. Since you never can really know how a mattress will do until you sleep on it, we offer a 4-month sleep trial, whereby we will exchange or modify the mattress to suit your exact firmness or other needs at no cost.

Back Science Spinal Alignment Chart Bad Alignment Vs. Good Alignment

The Problem

Mattress brands say their mattress will help with your back pain, but without any way of objectively testing to see if their mattress actually keeps your spine in proper alignment, most customers waste time, money and valuable healing sleep, with no relief.

Back Science Proper Spinal Alignment Graphic

The Solution

The Back Science™ Bed is the first mattress sleep system created for back pain sufferers using real scientific objective testing to ensure that it will keep your spine in proper alignment, while giving you the most weightless contouring comfort all night long!

The Result

Whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper, with Back Science, you will experience pressure relieving comfort, while still maintaining the proper spinal alignment that also helps prevent flair-ups and the wear and tear that occurs with a poorly designed mattress that won't support the back.

The Mattress Checker app works by measuring your spinal posture on a mattress while laying down on your side. It gives a real scientifically accurate and objective way of measuring how much your spine is dipping or bending upwards as a result of a softer, unsupportive or even too firm mattress.

Dr. Grant Cooper’s Review Of His Back Science Mattress

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Grant Cooper, M.D., Co-Founder of Princeton Spine and Joint Center Reviews His Experience With Back Science, Why He Is Willing To Review It and How It Has Helped Him and His Wife. He Also Offers Advice About What to Look For When Choosing The Best Mattress That's Right For You.

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Grant Cooper, M.D

Doctor and Co-Founder of Princeton Spine and Joint Center

Kylie Young's Back Science 3 Mattress Helped her and her husband

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Kylie Young shares how the Back Science Series 3 Mattress helped her during pregnancy along with her tall husbands back pain.

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Kylie Young

Pregnant Back Pain Sufferer

Dr. Monica Leslie's Back Healing Journey: From Injury to Blissful Sleep!

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Dr. Monica Leslie, a renowned physical therapist from Greater Los Angeles discusses her experience with the Back Science Series 3 mattress and how it has helped with her recovery of her shoulder pain and injury. After purchasing the mattress and using it, she feels it provides comfort and support for stomach and side sleepers with a luxurious bed that feels like floating on a supportive cloud. Dr. Monica makes it know that believes strongly in the connection to overall wellness through quality sleep.

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Dr. Monica Leslie

Doctor of Physical Therapy

How a Retired Surgeon Feels About the Back Science™ Series 2 Mattress

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Dr. Paul Walsh, a retired reconstructive surgeon talks about his experience at Back Science and why he chose to purchase a Series 2 mattress and adjustable base to help alleviate his back pain.

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Dr. Paul Walsh

Retired Reconstructive Surgeon

How Back Science Mattress Helps Me with Scoliosis

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Alen talks about what it's like using the Back Science™ mattress and how it helps him as a scoliosis sufferer.

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Alen Khoduzadeh

Scoliosis Sufferer

Carlos Rivera - Firefighter/Paramedic

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Carlos Rivera - Firefighter/Paramedic Back Science Series 2 and Series 3 Mattresses. He decided that he needed one to protect his back at the fire station, as well as at home.

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Carlos Rivera

Firefighter and Paramedic

Dr. Justin Anderson, D.C. Reviews His Back Science Mattress

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Dr. Anderson describes his experience with the Back Science spinal support, cooling and why he and his wife Dr. Kimberly, (the other Dr. Anderson), chose to sleep on the Back Science mattress over their former Tempur-Pedic brand choice and why they both recommend it to their patients.

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Dr. Justin Anderson

Chiropractor and Founder Of Wellness Montana

Dr. Navjot Gill, D.C. Back Science Series 2 Review

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Dr. Navjot Gill, a Chiropractor discusses her experience sleeping on the Back Science Series 2 mattress and why she recommends it to her patients, along with the Arc4Life Traction Pillow

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Dr. Navjot Gill

Chiropractor and Product Developer

Back Science™ Technological Innovations

Bringing you the latest in sleep technology


Zoned Lumbar Support Reinforcement

Lumbar-Flex™ Zoned Lumbar Support

Our proprietary Lumbar-Flex™ Zoned Lumbar Support technology strengthens and reinforces the horizontal midsection of your mattress to keep your lumbar supported and prevent sinking in. Mattresses that are unsupportive due to excess softness in the middle or cheap materials that mat down cause your hips to sink and put your spine out of alignment. With reinforced lumbar support, the Back Science™ mattresses promote proper spinal alignment by keeping your hips and lumbar supported to ensure your spine stays straight throughout the night. Everyone's body is different and you may need a different level of lumbar support than someone else, so we have made the lumbar support in the mattress easily adjustable by simply unzipping the mattress and sliding in and out the lumbar support zone foam to achieve the right amount of lift for you, personally.


Hypergel Buoyant Lift Surface

PostureFlex™ Hypergel Buoyant Lifting Support Surface

Introducing the PostureFlex™ Hypergel-Infused Comfort Surface. This one-of-a-kind technology uses a gel-infusion to give you extra buoyant lifting support right where you need it. Many mattresses are either too soft and lack support or too firm and can't contour to the bumps and curves of your body. Our Hypergel surface adapts instantly to the bumps and curves of your body to give you instant pressure-point relief. Our PostureFlex™ gel infusion provides an adaptive, conforming surface that matches your body like memory foam, however, unlike memory foam our hypergel has a buoyant, "springy" lift that help to come up to meet you, filling in the gaps in support and preventing you from sinking into the mattress too far. With the newer "gel-type" mattresses you get the benefits of latex and memory foam without the pitfalls!


Adjustable Back & Lumbar Support Bases

BackFlex™ Adjustable Overall Back Support Bases

Similar to the lumbar adjustment you may have in your car, select BackFlex™ adjustable base models come equipped with fully adjustable back support so you can control your overall back support on the fly. Depending on how far down the mattress you lay (from head to foot of mattress), you can control whether you add in extra lumbar support or more overall back support. On days when your back is extra sore, recovering from an injury, or otherwise needs more support than you normally do, you can use select adjustable base models to bring in extra support through the mattress that adjusts with the press of a button. In addition to the basic adjustable base features that allow you to raise and lower the head & feet section of the mattress, the adjustable lumbar / back support allows you to fine-tune your comfortable resting support level on the fly.


Strengthening Lumbar & Edge Support

ResiliFlex™ Zoned Strengthening Lumbar & Edge Support Level

At the core of the Back Science™ mattress is the ResiliFlex™ strengthening support transition layers, which serve to add extra conforming support to the mattress and prevent you from sinking in, as well as reinforce the zoned lumbar support and edge support in the mattress. Using our ResiliFlex™ high-density support foam, we create a strengthened barrier around the edge of the mattress to prevent you from feeling "pushed off" the edge of the mattress. With the exception of the Series 1 mattress, which uses ResiliFlex™ support foam to add extra strength to the lumbar portion with zoning, our mattress models use high-quality, individually-wrapped spring coils to reinforce the buoyancy and support of the mattress. Our wrapped coils, with over 1,000 in a king size, are zoned to bolster the edge zoning and reinforce it even further to take your edge and lumbar support to the next level.


Modular Cover System

GripLock™ Modular Cover System

Traditional mattresses using wool, cotton, or other fiber top-layering need to sew or tuft the inside layers of the mattress into the cover to keep everything in place, similar to how a down "puffer" jacket works. However, due to the nature of our PostureFlex™ gel-infused adaptive comfort layering, we have designed a modular cover system that can be unzipped and opened on the fly for easy access to make adjustments or customizations to the feel and support, while keeping everything locked in place tight with our GripLock™ stretch technology. Our stretch cover technology not only allows for easy modifications, but also bolsters the buoyant support and plush comfort of the Back Science™ bed by pulling in at the sides and creating a loaded "spring" effect in the top layer, resulting in even greater support and an even more luxurious feel. Many mattress companies are afraid to show you what's inside your bed and so choose to sew on their covers despite not needing to. At Back Science™, we prefer to allow the customer to customize and easily access the insides of their mattress in the unusual case that an adjustment or modification is needed, and wish to promote the spirit of transparency and honestly with our customer base.

Airflow Transfer System™

Up to 100Xs More Breathable

*Patented Airflow Transfer System™ Technology

Our *Patented Airflow Transfer System Cooling Technology is a system of using thousands of holes in the upper portion of the mattress that connect all the way through to horizontal channels lower down in the mattress to allow for up to 100Xs more breathability than other mattresses on the market. This technology works by allowing air to freely flow through many pathways in the top of the mattress and out the sides, and vice-versa. Creating these open pathways exponentially increases the breathability of the mattress, which does the work of carrying your body heat out throughout the night and keeping the total system's temperature down as a result. Continuously cycling new air throughout the mattress over the greatly increased surface area created by the airflow transfer system provides a breathability and cooling effect that cannot be achieved any other way.

Our head of product development, Chiropractor Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C. developed and patented this technology in 2006. Since then, many manufacturers in the industry have tried and failed to replicate this technology with various methods. Many mattresses on the market ventilate their layers by punching holes through them without channeling, which presses one end of the holes agains the flat layer below it and, much like a bunch of pipes sealed at one end, don't allow nearly as much, if any air to actually flow through them. Some mattresses simply groove or channel the sides of the bed which, not only don't allow for nearly the same level of airflow as connecting them to the top, don't actually ventilate the top layers which are storing the majority of your body heat.

While technologies such as PCM, or "active" cooling in mattresses has been a staple and somewhat effective technology used in mattresses in recent years, they provide a "cool to the touch" sensation when you first lay down, that does not tend to last throughout the whole night. While active cooling can play a helpful part in keeping your mattress cooler and help you fall asleep, without breathability, any mattress will still get hot as it absords the heat from your body. Ultimately, the combined natural cooling effect of the hypergel top layer of the Back Science™ bed paired with the Airflow Transfer System™ creates a much cooler sleeping experience over the other technologies on the market.

Protected by U.S. Patent No. 7,334,280

Top Reviews

Ian F, January 23, 2024

5 out of five star rating on Trustpilot

Update: After 2 months my wife's back pain at night is gone! Thank you Dr. Rick and the incredible team at Ultrabed for your recommendations and expertise in finding us a great Back Science mattress!

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My wife and I just visited the Ultrabed showroom in Agoura Hills, CA. What a great experience! Dr. Rick (the owner) and Jordan (salesperson), were patient, helpful, and no-pressure. They listened to our concerns regarding my wife's back pain with our current mattress, and as a chiropractor Dr. Rick was able to recommend various brands of mattresses and explain their design attributes, heat conduction characteristics, and features. Ultimately we settled on a custom Back Science mattress which is Rick's patented and proprietary mattress. We are looking forward to taking delivery in a few weeks and getting more restful nights of sleep.

The showroom is conveniently located off the 101 freeway, with ample parking, gentle music, a water feature, soft lighting, and a clean aesthetic. It's obvious this company cares about their customer experience and stands by their products. Highly recommend!

Lauren Dedow, February 16, 2024

5 out of five star rating on Trustpilot

I'm a stomach sleeper so finding a mattress that is both firm enough, but also cushioned enough for my hip and shoulder pressure points is always a challenge. The folks at Ultrabed in Agoura Hills, CA were amazing. They let me try out every firm mattress they had and explained the differences between them. I settled on the Back Science Series 2, it has the perfect combo of firmness and cushioning. The lumbar support is great and helps keep my hips elevated properly and the gel foam topper gives just the right about of cushion without feeling like I'm drowning (a relief after having achy hip pressure points every morning from my old mattress). The edge support and motion isolation are also great. The delivery and set-up was super easy and they even called to check-up on me after a few weeks of sleeping on the new mattress to see if everything was feeling good. The only thing this magical mattress couldn't do was convince my cat not to wake me up at 5 am.

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Mary Linn, November 19, 2023

5 out of five star rating on Trustpilot

I found our mattress by going to the local mattress store and trying it out. The salesperson listened to our needs, he was most helpful and knowledgeable, explaining which mattress we would most benefit from. We went with the Back Science Series 2 Mattress and the Adjustable Bed with Lumbar Back-Flex Technology.They offered a good return/exchange policy in place in case it did not work out. About 2 months later, I received a phone call to see how satisfied we were with the bed. I shared the bed is amazing, especially how the adjustable bed cradles you but I would have liked it to be a little firmer along the edge. They scheduled the mattress to be the same day, pick up/return, so to give it the firmer support we were looking for. We could not be happier with our Back Science Series 2 Mattress and the service was over the top!

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the frequently asked questions are customers have about the Back Science™ Bed and the technological innovations we utilize. Have a question not on this page? Feel free to send us an email to or give us a call at (800) 667-1969 to speak with a sleep expert who can personally assist you in finding the perfect fit and answer any questions you have about our products and services.

Better Business Bureau Hall of Fame

For over 23 years our company's high level of customer care has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. As well, we have become a 2012 Hall of Fame member with our exceptional customer service.

*The Patented Airflow Transfer System Technology is protected by US Patent No. 7,334,280

**Back Science™ is a trademark of Relief-Mart Coreporation, Whereas Sleep Number® is a registered trademark of Sleep Number Corporation. All mentions of Sleep Number on this site are for the purposes of comparison and review.

***The BackFlex™ Back Stretch Program on our adjustable bases has a patent pending and is the sole intellectual property of Relief-Mart Corporation.

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