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Back Pain Myths

Back pain is extremely common. In fact, 80% of people will have significant back pain at some point. Back pain symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Some might have acute unbearable pin, while others might only have a dull but consistent pain for a longer time. Myths regarding back pain are also common. Here are some of the myths and facts about back pain

myth : Pain Is
Caused by Injury

Back pain can be caused by injuries, disk degeneration, infections, and conditions that are inherited, such as ankylosing spondylitis. But, most often than others it’s the result of a mechanical/postural problems that cause back pain.

Myth: Don't Lift
Heavy Objects

When lifting, it's the way you lift that is most important, not just the weight you are lifting. To avoid back pain, try to be as close to the object as possible, squatting to make the lift. Use your legs to lift. Don't twist your body or bend during the lift. Also, make sure you strengthen your core muscles apart from those in your back if you intend to lift weight.

Myth: Sit with
your Back Straight

We know slouching in chairs is bad for your back. However, sitting up too straight and still can also cause back pain. For relief of back pain from prolonged sitting, intermittently try leaning back in your chair with your feet on the floor with a slight curve in the low back. Also, stand for part of the day when possible (for example, while on the phone or reading). Keep moving for a flexible and painless back.

Myth: Complete
Bed Rest for
Back Pain

Bed rest can help an acute back pain, back strain or back injury. But it is not true that you should stay in bed throughout your backache. Sometimes remaining immobile in bed can actually make back pain worse.

Myth: Skinny/Size
Zero Means Back
Pain Free

As I said before, weight is not equal to back pain. People who are too thin can also be at risk for back pain, especially those with eating disorders and osteoporosis. Also, skinny girls at times have hormonal issues that interfere with muscle and bone strength, leading to back pain.

Myth: Exercise Is
Bad for Back Pain

Regular exercise is very good for preventing back pain. Actually, for those with an acute back injury, sometimes a guided, mild exercise program is recommended. This often begins with gentle exercises that gradually increase in intensity.

Myth: A Firm Bed
Mattress Is Better
for Back Pain

People differ in their response to mattress firmness. One study from Spain showed that those who slept on a medium-firm mattress (rated 5.6 on a 10 point hard-to-soft scale) had less back pain and disability than those who slept on a firm mattress (2.3 on the scale).

Myth: Alternative
Therapy Is No Use
Back Pain

Magnet therapy and Acupressure (also Acupuncture) can be extremely helpful for relieving many types of back pain that do not respond to other treatments. Yoga, myofascial release, alexander technique, homeopathy, hypnosis, progressive relaxation, and cognitive behavioural therapy can also be beneficial.