All over the globe, there is an alarming increase of people suffering from one sort of back pain or the other (be it chronic or mild) it is never an easy feat to overcome. Back pain is a condition that does not really respect gender, age or race; unfortunately, it afflicts all humans and might become a hard rock to kick – well maybe not!
According to fitness enthusiast and Pilates instructor, Kimberly Clark, most of the things we think we know about back pain are downright bogus and untrue, because when a condition is misunderstood it becomes impossible to fix.
The first myth she talks about is the one which makes us believe back pain is solely caused by injuries. Kim says this is false and states that a majority of back pain cases don’t usually arise from just one traumatic ordeal and that when it comes to back pain (especially lower back pain) the real problem is usually spondylosis – which simply means the progressive deterioration of the spine. Kimberly wants people to know that “crippling back pain doesn’t always come from a single injury. Instead, it can build up over time in nearly anyone at all.”
Another popular myth debunked by the fitness guru is the misconception that a firmer bed is great for the back; Kimberly says that “while it is true that some firmness can keep your body supported and maintain a straighter spine, the fact is that a mattress that is too firm can actually push against the lower back, throwing it out of its natural alignment… you need some sort of support while still giving you enough cushion to contour your body naturally.”
One particular myth that is so popular is the one that encourages us to take more naps and sleep more often because bed rest is good for back pain; well, Kimberly wants you to know that bed rest is NOT the best medicine to cure a back pain. She makes reference to a statement from the National Institutes of Health which states;
“Strong evidence shows that persons who continue their activities without bed rest following onset of low back pain appeared to have better back flexibility than those who rested in bed for a week. Other studies suggest that bed rest alone may make back pain worse and can lead to secondary complications such as depression, decreased muscle tone, and blood clots in the legs.”
SO before you think of sleeping in all day to heal your back pain, you might want to reconsider.
There are whole lots of myths in the world and back pain gets a much skewed perspective no doubt. Kimberly Clark, however, debunked a whole bunch of back pain myths which you can read up on her website and also find out about the BACK TO ACTION system – a revolutionary discovery that will eliminate the nerve wrecking and stabbing back pain that won’t just go away.
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