As is the case with most things in life, not knowing the difference between fact or myth can cause some serious problems when dealing with back pain. There are many things that seem intuitively correct when trying to prevent or to treat a back pain and there are others that have been with us since the dark ages – like most medicine of that time, they are actually not true and are potentially dangerous. So here are the most common 5 myths about back pain.
1. You need to sit up straight
In fact sitting up straight requires the effort of several muscles working in concert and flexing those muscles for long periods of time can actually increase back pain. However this does not mean you should slouch, because that can cause other types of problems and pains, but you should allow your body to rest from sitting straight from time to time. The best way to do that is to stand up – why not try standing while talking on the phone, reading or talking to others?
2. Bed Rest Is the Best Cure
Relaxing the muscles of the back is indeed essential for a healthy body, but too much relaxation will definitely increase the pain and, most likely, create new reasons for it. You can spend a day in bed using hot and cold packages but, most of the time, remaining active or even doing some mild physical exercises is a better solution for back pain.
3. Skinny People Don’t Get Back Pains
It is true that fat puts an unnecessary strain on the back – but that doesn’t mean that thin people don’t get back pain. In fact in extreme cases where people have strived to be thin by going through a lot of diets, they have weakened their bones and risked causing damage to their vertebra and their inter-vertebra disks. So (just in case you don’t hear this enough) a balanced diet is essential even when it comes to avoiding back pain.
4. Exercising Is Bad for the Back
One of the most important things that modern health exercises have done is to get people to understand the importance of the trainer. A mere century ago physical exercise was something that everyone thought they knew how to do and they were right in almost 60% of cases. But 60% is nowhere near enough because there are so many things that you need to be careful about when doing exercises and the input of a good trainer is essential when starting any new sport – even if we are talking about jogging.
5. A Hard Mattress Is Key for a Healthy Back
There are a few things that you need to understand about the connection between a mattress and back pain and the first thing and most important is that there really is no general rule. The way you sleep and your lifestyle need to be complimented by your mattress. Very soft mattresses should be avoided, but if a mattress is so hard that it becomes uncomfortable then it may be doing more harm than good. If you suffer from back pain in the morning then a visit to a sleeping clinic might provide the answers you have been looking for.