To better understand back pain you need to better understand its causes. There are so many old wives tales and unreasonable assumptions that many people dont truly understand what the problem with their back is because of the nonsense they hear about back pain and its causes. At some point sorting out the myths of back pain reality can be very helpful to the sufferer.
1) Heavy Lifting
Youve all heard that lifting heavy things will give you back pain. Not true. First, lifting anything, heavy or not, the right way, wont hurt your back. Second, if lifting something does cause back pain its likely that the underlying cause was already there just waiting for one more thing to happen before it began to hurt.
2) Bed Rest
Dont let anyone tell you that if your back hurts you should go to bed and stay there until it feels better. This is completely wrong. While a few days of lesser activity and some bed rest is good for a sore back complete bed rest does not heal.
It actually hinders healing because the back needs activity, though not excessive, to heal right. Stretching your muscles and walking are a good place to start. Your mobility and flexibility will be affected if you just stay in and rest. Research has shown that resting for four days has no more benefit to a persons back health than if they rested for only two days.
Most back pain originates with injury. This too is false. Although an injury certainly can be responsible for a persons back pain more often back pain originates with those who do not do enough physical exercise. These are people with office jobs who do little more than sit at a desk all day. These people are just as likely to experience back pain as a construction worker. Interestingly most people, about eighty five percent, do not recall what they did that brought on their back pain, they say it just happened.
Many people fear back pain because they believe that if you have back pain you are destined to wind up disabled by it. This is not true at all. Most people- ninety percent- who suffer from back pain will see that it go away in no more then six weeks. Even those who suffer longer frequently still recover, just slower.
The percentage of those who are unable to return to work because of their back pain is very tiny. Never let anyone try to convince you that if your health care provider cannot find the exact source of your back pain that it is all in your mind. Back pain is often unique to the person suffering from it and the fact that there is not structural damage does not mean that a person is not in pain.
At some time in their lives most Americans will suffer from back pain. This is not a myth, it is very true and so you should take care of your back by a gentle exercise program, good posture and common sense.
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