Back pain is one of the most common health complaints with 80 percent of Canadians experiencing problems at some point in their lives.
Back pain is also one of the most researched health topics and rather than rely on hearsay about the causes and most effective treatments for back pain, I am here to share some myths and facts with you on back pain so that you are better equipped for a healthier back!
Your back is an amazing part of your body! It allows you to stand and supports your arms and legs. It also protects your spinal cord, which sends messages between your brain and the rest of your body.
A sedentary lifestyle, as well as injuries, arthritic changes and aging can all lead to problems.
What should you do when you have back pain?
Just like if you have teeth problems a check up with a dentist is important, if you have vision problems, where do you go? A check up with an optometrist you will agree is crucial, similarly, if you are suffering from back pain a spinal check up with a chiropractor is a vital first step.
Here are some common myths and facts:
MYTH: Bed rest is a great treatment for back pain.
FACT: At one time, many people believed this to be true. But in fact, bed rest may worsen your back pain unless it is so severe that you cannot move. See a health professional such as a chiropractor about chronic or new back pain.
MYTH: Applying heat is recommended for a sore back.
FACT: Applying heat may worsen the inflammation of the joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments. Use ice on a sore back instead. The usual recommendation is to ice – use a commercial cold pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or ice in a dampened towel – for the first three days of acute pain. Limit cold pack treatments to 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and always place a damp towel or cloth between the sore area and the ice.
MYTH: Pain is the main indication that something is wrong.
FACT: Pain in your back is definitely an indication that something is wrong, especially if the pain is chronic and stops you from doing everyday chores and activities. BUT you don’t always feel pain in your back when there is a problem. Restricted movement or discomfort in your arms, legs and shoulders are also indications that something’s up with your spine.
Do you want to know more about the cause of your back pain?
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