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's a sampling of what you will find if you watch this.
Most Common Myths
Myth 1: Always sit up straight to stop 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 elevate, it really is 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 Lumbar Pain Goes Away.
Yes, sleeping can help an acute injury or strain that triggers back pain. But it is a myth that you should stay in bed. A day or two in bed can make your back pain worse.
Myth 4: Lower Back Pain is Always Caused by an Injury.
Not always. Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections, as well as inherited conditions can cause back pain.
Myth 5: Skinny People Don't 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 suffer 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 Your 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 vertebrae manipulation or massage therapy.
Fact 2: Traditional Chinese Medicine can Help Lower 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 back pain. Back pain is most common among people who are out of shape, particularly weekend warriors who engage in vigorous activity after sitting around all week. And as you might guess, obesity stresses the rear.
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 scientific studies that show how the firmness of your mattress can affect your sleep.
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