Myths on Back Pain
Always Sit Up Straight Myth Slouching is bad. But sitting up too straight and still for long periods can also be a strain on your back. Take breaks a few times a day. Lean back in your chair with your feet on the floor and let your back curve slightly. Try standing for part of the day, perhaps while you are on the phone or reading.
Don't Lift Heavy Things Myth It's not necessarily how much you lift, its how you do it
Bed Rest is the Best Cure Myth Yes, resting can help a recent injury or strain that causes back pain. But a day or two in bed can actually make it worse.
Pain is caused by Injury Myth Disc degeneration, diseases, infections, and even inherited conditions can make your back hurt too.
More Kilos, More Pain Fact Staying fit helps prevent back pain. As you might guess, extra kilos will put stress on your back. Back pain is most common among people who are out of shape, especially weekend warriors who push themselves hard after sitting around all week.
Skinny Means Pain Free Myth Anyone can get back pain. People you are too thin, such as those with an eating disorder like anorexia, many have bone loss. They are more likely to get broken bones and crushed vertebrae.
Exercise Is Bad for Back Pain Myth This is a big one. Regular exercise prevents back pain. And doctors may recommend exercise for people who have recently hurt their lower back. They'll usually start with gentle movements and gradually build up the intensity. Once the immediate pain goes away an exercise plan can help keep it from coming back.
Chiropractic Care, Spinal Manipulation and Massage Therapy Can Help Fact Treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend that patients and doctors consider other options with proven benefits for low back pain.
Acupuncture May Ease Pain Fact The same organizations say acupuncture, yoga, progressive relaxation, and cognitive-behavioural therapy may help when you don't get relief from standard self-care.
Firmer Mattresses Are Better Myth - In a Spanish study, people with ongoing general back pain who slept on a medium-firm mattress hurt less and were able to move better than those who slept on a firm mattress. But one size does not fit all. Choose your mattress based on your sleep habits as well as the cause of your back pain.