Experiencing chronic or acute back pain but can’t seem to put your finger on the cause of your symptoms? Doing everything you think you should be doing to look after your spine but still can’t shift the pain? Maybe – just maybe – you’ve been misinformed on a few things.
When looking for answers for your back pain, it’s easy to stumble across inaccurate advice. Here our Fareham chiropractor dispels some of the common myths about back pain to ensure that the advice you follow is correct.
Myth 1: You Should Always Sit up Straight
There’s absolutely no doubt that slouching is one of the worst things you can do for your back, but sitting up too straight and still for long periods can also put added strain on your spine.
Always ensure you take frequent breaks from sitting and move around during this time.
Myth 2: Rest is Best
Resting may seem like the most attractive option when you’re suffering from back pain, but a lack of physical activity can actually make your pain worse. Regular exercise can significantly help to prevent and manage back pain. Doctors and chiropractors may even recommend exercise for people who have recently injured their lower back. Once the immediate pain subsides, a good exercise plan can help lower the risk of recurring episodes.
Myth 3: Back Pain Must Be Caused by Injury
Back pain is not always the result of injury. Disc degeneration, diseases, poor posture and even inherited conditions can make your back hurt, too.
Myth 4: Back Pain Has Nothing to Do with Being Overweight
Sooner or later, carrying extra pounds will put added stress on your spine. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly will help to lower your risk of back pain.
Myth 5: Firmer Mattresses Are Better
When it comes to mattresses, one size doesn’t fit all. You should ensure that you change your mattress every 7-8 years and choose one that is suited to your sleeping habits. Most reputable mattress suppliers will be able to advise you on the kind of mattress that is suitable for your specific requirements.
So there you have it, straight from our desk to yours: five of the most common back pain myths dispelled.
Our experienced team of chiropractors at Homewood are here to help and advise you on all aspects to do with yours and your family’s back pain.
For friendly advice or to book an appointment, contact us today on 01329 280 283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org