A Few Things You May Not Know About Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Back pain happens. In fact, it happens to a lot of people! It’s a major health issue that impacts the lives of millions of Americans every year and it’s on the rise. Back pain doesn’t have to be an issue for you because there are steps you can take to avoid it. Here are a few back facts that you should keep in mind if you ever find back pain knocking at your door.
Rest or Stay Active?
Many people think bedrest is the best thing you can do for back pain, and once upon a time, it was the recommended course of treatment. But as with many other things in life, as chiropractors have studied back pain more, they’ve come to understand bedrest isn't always best. Today, avoiding exercise is considered one of the worst things you can do when you have minor back pain. When you’re recovering from an injury, you need to stay active. This doesn’t mean you should go about your normal activities as if nothing is wrong, but you should be as active as you can be. People who are active during their recovery actually get better faster than those who aren’t.
Heat or Ice?
Most people experiencing back pain want to soak in a hot tub, but depending on your injury that may be the worst thing you can do! If the muscles and other soft tissues are inflamed due to injury, then a hot bath will only make the symptoms worse by increasing the body’s inflammatory response. In the first two to three days after an injury, ice should be applied to the injured area.
Back Pain and Aging
Back pain is thought to be a normal part of the aging process by many people, but that’s just not correct. As people get older, it is true that they become more susceptible to certain conditions – many of which are painful. But with the treatment options available to people today, back pain doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging.
Massage Is Not a Great Treatment Option
When people experience back pain, they often think a massage will do the trick. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In some cases, a massage will help, but in others, it may increase the pain. For example, the lower back muscles may spasm and get tight because of an issue with stability of the spine, not because of a problem with the actual muscles. If a massage is given but more investigation isn’t done into the cause of the tightness, then more pain can occur.
Any person experiencing back pain is encouraged to seek care from a professional, such as the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. It may be the best step toward pain relief.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.