Many who have never experienced Chiropractic care may be held back due to common misunderstandings about back pain and MSK health.
Lucky for us at Broadway Burrard Chiropractic, our friends at Web MD have put together a comprehensive slide explaining some of the common misconceptions many have on this topic of care. Here are a few of them for your consideration:
1) Myth: Always Sit Up Straight
Slouching is bad. But sitting up too straight and still for long periods can also be a strain on your back. Take breaks a few times a day: Lean back in your chair with your feet on the floor and let your back curve slightly. Even better: Try standing for part of the day, perhaps while you’re on the phone or reading.
2) Myth: Don’t Lift Heavy Things
It’s not necessarily how much you lift, it’s how you do it. Get directly in front of the object. Squat close to it, with your back straight and head up. Stand, using your legs to push up the load and your arms to hold it close to your middle. Don’t twist or bend your body, or you may hurt your back. (Of course you shouldn’t pick up anything that might be too heavy for you.)
4) Fact: More Pounds, More Pain
Staying fit helps prevent back pain. As you might guess, extra pounds will put stress on your back. Back pain is most common among people who are out of shape, especially weekend warriors who push themselves hard after sitting around all week.
3) Myth: Skinny Means Pain-Free
Anyone can get back pain. People who are too thin, such as those with an eating disorder like anorexia, may have bone loss. They’re more likely to get broken bones and crushed vertebrae.
4) Myth: Exercise Is Bad for Back Pain
This is a big one. Regular exercise prevents back pain. And doctors may recommend exercise for people who have recently hurt their lower back. They’ll usually start with gentle movements and gradually build up the intensity. Once the immediate pain goes away, an exercise plan can help keep it from coming back.
5) Fact: Chiropractic Care Can Help!
Treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend that patients and doctors consider other options with proven benefits for low back pain. These include spinal manipulation and massage therapy.
For more Myths and Facts check out the Link to the Web MD article here –>
Here at Broadway at Burrard Chiropractic, we do our best to get you back to your optimal life and health. Contact Dr. Jerry Wright or Dr. Tyler Hunsberger today at www.broadwayburrardchiro.com/contact