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3 Mistakes that Make Your Pain Worse

In twenty five years of practice, I have seen three mistakes that people commonly do that always slows their recovery. If you quit doing these three things, you’ll have a much better chance of getting your life back.

Mistake #1 – Too Many Drugs

Man with Back Pain

Without a doubt, drugs can be helpful, especially when you can’t sleep or function. But taking the wrong kind for the wrong reasons for too long a time can be harmful. Here are some guidelines that won’t get you in trouble.

Don’t guess, find out what’s really wrong before you take anything. You need to know what you’re dealing with.Avoid muscle relaxants. Contrary to what the drug ads say, most back pain is absolutely not from muscle spasm. The pain is most likely from an injured joint and the muscles are trying to protect it. It doesn’t make sense to relax a muscle that’s protecting the injury.

Try ice, gentle activity or exercise before painkillers. They are generally more effective and actually help you recover quicker. We can help you find the best exercises.

If all else fails and you simply can’t function or sleep, that’s the time to go ahead and take something. It won’t help you heal but you may get some sleep.

Mistake #2 – Doing the Wrong Exercises

I know you want to take control of your problem and exercise seems like a logical approach. You’re right of course but you need to do the right ones. If you’re doing sit-ups or stretching you could be doing more harm than good. Here are two exercises to avoid:

Sit-ups – You’ve no doubt heard that back trouble comes from a weakened core and that’s true but sit-ups and their variations don’t help. If you’ve got a disc problem, which is 70% of low back pain sufferers, sit-ups will make things worse.

Hamstring stretching – When your hamstrings are tight, stretching, believe it or not, is not always the best approach. This is because it can destabilize your low back and make it worse. It is much better to find out why your hamstrings are tight and fix that problem.

Mistake #3 – Too much Sitting

For ninety five percent of lower back pain, sitting is a killer and should be avoided. I know you feel the need to rest and that’s okay but don’t do it on your butt! When you sit, the pressure inside your back rises eleven times over laying down. That’s why sitting itself can be painful or why you have trouble standing up after sitting. Even in the best chair, sitting is a no-no. Instead;

Go for short walks. Talk to a friend, breathe deeply and go slowly. March on the spot. If your job requires sitting, get up every hour and march for a minute It’ll keep you mobile and help you heal faster.

When you need to rest, try laying on the floor with your legs resting on the couch. Most people find this position comfortable and it takes a lot of pressure off your lower back.

Your body is a masterpiece and you can trust it to heal. If you’re not getting better, there is usually some kind of interference. Avoiding the things we’ve just mentioned will help put you on the right path.

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