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Back Pain Myths

February 26, 2016 in Back Pain

The back can be a mysterious part of the body, bringing frequent aches and pains seemingly without a specific cause. Spine-Health.com reports that many back and spine issues can be difficult for doctors to recognize and diagnose, with treatments ranging in effectiveness. This is why if you're living with chronic back pain, you might want to consider alternative treatments like decompression therapy or using a stretch and support belt regularly to relieve pain before taking any prescription drugs.

There are a wide variety of back pain myths and misconceptions floating around out there, which means you should take special precautions to find a treatment that is targeted and effective in treating the root of the problem. Here are some things to keep in mind about common back and spine injuries.

1. You should always practice good posture


There's no doubt that practicing good posture is important for a healthy back. If you slouch too much when you sit or stand, you can place extra strain on your spine and lower back. However, WebMD reports that sitting up straight for too long can also injure your back.

During times when you have to sit down for extended periods, make sure you exercise your back, don't just sit up straight the whole time. Leaning back occasionally or taking regular breaks to stand up and walk around can greatly benefit any back pain. You can also try to integrate an ergonomic solution like the DR-HO'S Perfectback Rest® into your daily life. 

2. Bed rest is necessary for a back injury


If you've recently suffered a strain or injury to your back, you might think that you should be spending a lot of time in bed or on the couch for your muscles to heal, but this isn't always the case. In fact, Spine-Health.com recommends only staying in bed for a short period to relieve acute pain. Too much bed rest can actually make back and spine problems worse, so be sure to get up and exercise your back. 

3. You shouldn't lift heavy objects


People who work jobs that require physical labor can be more prone to back pain, but this doesn't mean you have to forgo lifting heavy objects until your pain subsides. According to WebMD, you can still lift a good deal of weight with an injury, provided you know the right way to do it. While you should stay away from lifting anything that's beyond your strength, keeping your back and head straight as you lift will allow your legs to do most of the work for you. 

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