Back pain is more common than you think. About 84 percent of people worldwide will experience back pain at some time in their lives. It is equally common across all ages, and contrary to popular opinion, it does not increase with age. Back pain is rarely dangerous and most people recover on their own without treatment. However, if back pain persists, you may need treatment and a visit to your chiropractor.
There is so much written about back pain that most people don’t really know what is fact and what is fiction. In this article, we will debunk 5 of the most common myths I encounter in my chiropractic practice.
Myth # 1: Sitting upright prevents back pain: While sitting hunched over for prolonged periods of time can cause damage to the back, sitting upright can also cause pain. If you sit for prolonged periods of time, you should lean back and stretch every once in a while, making a bow shape with your back. You should also get up and walk about for a bit whenever you can, or at least every couple of hours.
Myth # 2: Heavy lifting causes back pain: It’s not how much weight we lift, it’s how we lift it that’s important. You should lift as close to the object as possible, kneel very close to the object and then lift with your legs and not with your back. When the legs are involved in the lifting, the back isn’t likely to get hurt.
Myth # 3: Back pain is only caused by injury: There are many causes for back pain. While back pain can be caused by injury, it can also be caused by other factors, such as disc deterioration, arthritis, inflammation, and muscle strain. Also, wrong use of the back can cause back pain, due to incorrect positioning and heavy lifting. I often see patients that have small injuries over time, then have “the final straw” when they pick up a bar of soap and are chronically gripped by pain. Finding solutions for their pain through chiropractic adjustments is life changing.
Myth # 4: Bed rest is the best treatment: Staying in the same position for a long time can make the back pain even worse. You only need to stay in bed if your chronic back pain is so severe that you cannot stand and walk around, which is rare. Being immobile can actually make the pain worse and create more pressure on the spine and back. So, physical activity is good for bad backs. Chiropractic treatment has been repeatedly shown in medical studies to be effective to reducing pain in upper and lower back pain.
Myth # 5: Slim people don’t have bad backs: While being overweight can sometimes cause back pain, slim people can also have bad backs. This can be due to their genetic structure or more delicate structures in their back that do not support their spine well, causing chronic back pain. However, you can and should control your weight as much as possible.
If you have either acute or chronic back pain, consider consulting your chiropractor. Chiropractors can manually adjust your spine and massage your back, helping your chronic back pain. At Nelson Chiropractic, we have been treating acute and chronic back pain for over 20 years. One of the ways we adjust your spine is through the Activator Method. This is effective to help return you to normal form and function.
Hopefully this has demystified some of the myths regarding back pain. You can take appropriate action by consulting your chiropractor and rest easy, knowing that you are in good hands. Here’s to a healthy back and spine!
For more information on how you can treat your bad back, contactDr. Curtis Nelson at 425-867-1119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.