Back Pain Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
No matter how long you’ve dealt with back pain, you’ve likely searched for answers on how to relieve it. When you do your own online research, you’ll come across some good information, but there are also plenty of myths to be aware of. It’s best to confirm the information you read with professional medical services so you don’t end up doing something even more harmful to your back. Here are the top myths about back pain we’ve heard, and you should avoid believing.
Sitting Up Straight Will Prevent Back Pain
Everyone has heard sitting up straight will prevent back pain. While it’s true sitting up straight is much better than hunching over, it will still create back pain if you sit straight up for an extended period of time. Sitting up straight is a good practice, but you still need to be conscious about doing periodic lower back exercises throughout the day in order to prevent pain or injury.
Back Pain is Inevitable When You Get Older
Aches and pains are going to happen when you get older, but back pain isn’t a direct result of age. When you have a good exercise routine and eat healthy, the chances of developing back pain will decrease significantly. You don’t have to do intense exercises to maintain a healthy back. All it takes is light lower back exercises frequently throughout the week to help prevent back pain.
Exercising Causes Back Pain
This is arguably the most common myth about back pain. The only way this is true is if you haven’t exercised for many weeks or months and then go out and try to win a marathon. Exercising on a regular basis will actually help prevent back pain from occurring, and will help prevent you from having to visit professional medical services after any intense event you choose to participate in.
A Firm Mattress Will Prevent Back Pain
The mattress you sleep on plays a big role in your spine health. A firm mattress has been known to help align the spine while sleeping, but a mattress that’s too firm can cause other issues. You could be placing too much pressure on your shoulders and hips and cause other aches and pains in your body as a result. In most cases, a medium-firm mattress is the ideal option to sleep on. Consult a professional retail mattress store and try several out before buying.
Back Pain Eventually Requires Surgery
Not all back pain is created equally. While some pain may require surgery, most of the time going through active spine care treatments will have you living pain-free in no time. Most people can pinpoint the reason why they are experiencing back pain, and in many cases, proper isolated lower back exercises will help alleviate the pain significantly.
DBC Active Spine Care® is here to help you dispel all the myths you’ve read or heard about back pain. We are the global leader in spine adaptive functional restoration because of our innovative processes based on evidence. To learn more about common back pain myths and how our program can help you alleviate your back pain, contact us today.