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What You Need To Know About Back Pain

1. Back pain is not a result of “core weakness”.

Your allegedly “weak” core does not cause back pain! Actually, research shows that these muscles tend to be overactive in people with back pain. Often this overactivity is a protective response to limit how much your back moves. Having a strong core is important but knowing when and how to brace appropriately is more important. Typically, people have a harder time learning to relax the core muscles during normal, everyday tasks.

2. Aging is not a cause of back pain.

While many people hold the belief that the body should wear out and symptoms worsen as they get older, this isn’t supported by research. Contrary to popular belief, LESS movement and activity leads to more symptoms. Those who remain active into their later years report fewer incidents and less intense bouts of back pain.

3. Back pain is not caused by poor posture.

Sitting, standing and bending over do not directly cause back pain (they can increase existing back pain but are rarely the source). The problem arises from PROLONGED positions, when you live in one specific position for hours upon hours, your back can become irritated.

4. Normal everyday loading and bending of the spine does not “wear out” the back.

We lift weights to make muscles bigger and strong. The spine is designed to move! Loading and moving the spine actually nourishes the spinal tissues and structures. So as long as an activity is started gradually and engaged in regularly, the spine can tolerated bending, twisting and lifting.

5. A spike in back pain doesn’t mean you are damaging tissue.

An increase in back pain is not typically related to damaged or compromised tissue. While a flare-up can be intense and frightening, it is often triggered by environmental factors such as poor sleep, poor mood, increased stress, sedentary lifestyle or performing an unfamiliar activity. Taking steps to limit these factors can help limit and even prevent flare-ups.

6. Injections, surgery and prescription medications are not a cure.