Every week our Ealing chiropractor hears patients’ stories about how they’ve tried to cure their back pain. From applying WD40 to drinking your own urine (yes, really!), many myths circle around back pain management – so we are here to debunk them!
Rishi Loatey, our head chiropractor, explains this in his own words: “I see patients every week who share their strange stories about how they’ve tried to cure their back pain or why they think it they’re suffering in the first place and, while some of these may seem amusing, there is a really serious message here: If people don’t know enough about what causes back pain or how best to treat it they could not only delay their recovery but potentially aggravate their problem. 80 per cent of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives so it’s really concerning that so many people still don’t know enough about the best way to look after their back.”
With that in mind, let’s look at some common myths and misconceptions about back pain:
Myth 1: You should always rest when you have back pain
While total rest may seem like the sensible thing to do when you’re in pain, moderate and regular exercise is essential to building and maintaining strength and flexibility in the spine. It will also help to improve posture and reduce the likelihood of any further episodes of pain. A good chiropractor will be able to advise on what exercises are best for you.
Myth 2: Back or neck pain is part of the ageing process
While ageing can take its toll on your back health, it’s important to recognise that back or neck pain can occur at any age
Myth 3: Back or neck pain is rare
Back and neck pain is extremely common! In fact, 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Myth 4: The spine is easily injured
Despite what you may have been led to believe, the spine is one of the strongest parts of the body! But like anything, taking good care of it is essential if it’s to do its job properly for as long as possible.
Myth 5: A slipped disc means a disc has slipped out of your spine
The discs in the spine consist of circular pads of cartilage in between the vertebra. A “slipped” disc simply means that one of the discs of cartilage in the spine is damaged and potentially extruding, irritating or pressing on the nerves. Some chiropractors may refer to this as a “prolapsed” or “herniated” disc.
So there you have it – the record set straight once and for all. Remember the more you know about your spine and how to look after it, the healthier it will be!