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Top Myths About Neck and Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Back and neck pain are common problems. Due to this, there's a lot of information floating around out there about the pain that simply isn't true. The people peddling these myths have good intentions, but that doesn't detract from the fact that if you want to deal with neck and back pain effectively, you first have to know the truth about it. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have put together a few of the most prevalent myths about neck and back pain and the truth behind them.

Myth No. 1: If You Have Back Pain, You Must Rest

A few decades ago it was thought that if you had back pain, then rest was the best treatment. Today, it's known that a short period of rest is fine when you have an episode of acute back or neck pain, but you shouldn't rest for more than a day or two -- if that long. If you do, you run the rest of making your pain even worse.

For most conditions related to the neck and back, chiropractors recommend long-term treatment and rehabilitation that includes activity to help strengthen the muscles that support your neck and back. Inactivity will only increase your pain.

Myth No. 2: The Spine is Delicate

Your spine is supported by a complex network of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that help give it strength, support, and flexibility. A healthy spine is a spine that moves and stretches -- and it's a lot more difficult to injure than you may have been led to believe.

Of course, as the chiropractor can tell you, a spine isn't indestructible. There are plenty of things done each day that make the spine more susceptible to injuries, such as improper posture or improper lifting. Poor lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor nutrition can also have a negative impact on the health of your spine. But if you're going through the daily motions of life or working out, your spine can handle it.

Myth No. 3: Back and Neck Conditions Run in the Family

Most neck and back conditions don't have a genetic component. So, just because your mom or dad or brother or sister has or had a condition, it doesn't mean you're destined to as well. The best thing to do is keep your eye on the future and be proactive about the health of your spine by visiting the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic regularly!

If you want the truth about your pain, then talk to a chiropractor at The Joint today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.

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