Of course, we are in no way suggesting that the back pain itself is a myth because this common problem can cause anguish for many of us. However, the BBC recently highlighted a new campaign launched by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy that seeks to bust a few myths about how to deal with back pain when it arises, so rather this myth-busting centres on how we react to and treat back pain. Here are a few common misconceptions that the campaign has shone a light on, as well as few ways you can help combat that pain when it does arise…
According to the Chartered Society for Physiotherapists, there is a common misconception that moving will only make your back pain worse. No one is advocating back pain sufferers immediately start competing in marathons but it’s very important that they include some sort of activity into their daily routine, even though this might be slightly painful to begin with. Gradually increase the amount of exercise done over time and you will find this could significantly improve the situation, as well as making sure you stay healthy.
Granted, lifting heavy things isn’t necessarily the best thing in the world for a bad back, but the CSP recommend that this sort of exercise is one of the best ways to treat back pain. As with movement in general, use the appropriate amount of weight to begin with and don’t overdo it – you can increase your weights over time for longer term benefits.
It’s understandable that getting a scan done on the affected area is considered something that might help, and in some cases this is a necessity for effective diagnosis. But the CSP cites the fact that a back pain sufferer who observes changes in their scan might make incorrect assumptions about their condition, making them fearful of exercise or other methods that might actually help in the long term.
Pain as Bad Sign
Of course pain is never a good thing, whether it’s in your back or elsewhere in your body, but when it comes to back pain, this isn’t always a sign that your condition is getting worse. The CSP highlights the fact that there are many factors in play when it comes to each individual’s pain (including potential social and psychological factors), and it’s important that those who suffer don’t necessarily become fearful of pain, or this could have a detrimental effect on their recovery.
So What Can Back Pain Sufferers Do to Help?
Of course, these new recommendations are very much of a general nature and in the first instance, those who suffer from back pain should contact their GP or health practitioner for advice that relate to their particular condition. But if you’ve been advised to include a bit more exercise and movement into your daily routine, there are a few things you can do to help.
Including 20-30 minutes of walking into your day could not only help your back but also your healthier lifestyle and you can increase this by small amounts over time. If you’re considering gym membership, talk through your specific needs with a trainer beforehand and they can recommend a programme for you that’s suitable and will ensure you don’t overdo it. Millets voucher codes and Great Outdoors Superstore promo codes can help you save money on any outdoor accessories you might need if you want to include more walking into your routine, and Pay as U Gym discount vouchers could offer a better value gym alternative if you’re worried about the additional costs involved.
So with an increasing number of people suffering from back pain, hopefully these new myth-busting tips from the experts can help some achieve relief sooner rather than later.
By Anna Scott, 12th September 2016