Myths About Back Pain: Get the Facts
Suffering from back pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. We found this interesting slide show filled with both Misconceptions and A look at back pain on Web MD. Here is a sampling of what you will find if you watch this.
Most Common Myths
Myth 1: Always sit up straight to prevent back pain.
- Okay, slouching is bad for your back.
- But sitting up too straight too still for too long can be a strain on the back.
Myth 2: Lifting Heavy Objects Hurts Your Back.
It's not necessarily how much a person raise, it's the method that you lift. Of course you shouldn't lift anything that might be too heavy for you.
Myth 3: Stay in Bed Until Back Pain Goes Away.
Yes, resting can help an acute injury or strain that creates back pain. But it's a myth that you should stay in bed. A day or two in bed can make your back pain worse.
Myth 4: Back Pain is Always Caused by an Injury.
Not usually. Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections, and also passed down conditions can cause back pain.
Myth 5: Skinny People Do Not Get Back Pain.
That is just silly. Anyone can get back pain. In fact, people who are too thin, such as those suffering from anorexia, an eating disorder, may take a hit bone loss resulting in fractured or crushed vertebrae.
Myth 6: Exercise is Bad for Your Back Pain.
No way! Regular exercise prevents back pain.
Myth 7: a Super-Firm Mattress is Best for the Back.
This is not always the case, however, based on their sleep habits and the cause of their back pain, different people may need different mattresses.
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Now With Regard to the Facts...
Fact 1: Chiropractic adjustments can help back pain.
The American College of Physicians and American Pain Society guidelines for treatment of spine pain recommend that patients and doctors consider other options with proven benefits, such as spinal manipulation or massage therapy.
Fact 2: Acupuncture can Help Back Pain.
According to guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, patients and their doctors should consider acupuncture among treatments for back pain patients who do not get relief from standard self care. Yoga, progressive relaxation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy are also suggested for consideration.
Fact 3: Overweight People Suffer More Back Pain.
Staying fit helps in avoiding lower back pain. Back pain is most common among people who are out of shape, especially weekend warriors who participate in vigorous activity after sitting around all week. And as you might guess, obesity stresses the trunk.
Check out the full slide show for advice on some of these myths such as the proper way to elevate heavy things, sit for long periods of time and research that show how the firmness of your mattress can affect your sleep.
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