Four Low Back Pain Big Mistakes
There is lots of information about what you need to do for low back pain (LBP). However besides tips on what to do, there are these things you shouldn’t do when you are suffering from LBP!

1. Ignoring your pain

Most of us just hope that the pain will go away’. Yes, LBP does improve with time, but you don’t know when or if it will. So if you have previously suffered from low back pain, you know that getting chiropractic adjustments before any reflex muscle spasm sets up helps stop the pain’s progression before it reaches a disabling level.

So if you don’t want to miss work or a golf game because of LBP, immediately visit your chiropractor. You know that the warning back twinges occur just to tell you to be careful!

2. Depend on MRI or X-Ray results

Practically 50% of people have bulging discs and 20% have herniated disks in the lower back which do not hurt. This means disk derangement is common without any symptoms. Even x-rays showing arthritis have no connection to LBP attacks.

Blaming obvious findings on images for your pain is easy, but can be misleading. It prevents you from doing things you can safely do, and some types of arthritis only worsen to lead to more stiffness and pain with too much rest!

3. Bed rest

Though it’s tricky, you need to know when to rest and exercise. Even the best exercise done too soon can harm you but if done right, can help. You basically have to follow these five guidelines:

Do not take more than 24-48 hours of mostly bed rest, go walking as it’s safe after or even during the first 48 hours, use more of ice or contrast therapy during the first 48 hours, avoid actions which trigger sharp pain like bending, twisting or lifting and follow your doctor’s instructions and treatment.

1. Ice or heat

How many times were you left in a dilemma wondering if you should use heat or ice for your pain, as your doctor says you can use either one, whichever you like better? Well, this should help you! It’s better to use ice first as it rarely worsens the condition while heat can.

Being an anti-inflammatory agent, ice helps reduce swelling and congestion and also pushes out the accumulated chemicals and fluids in the inflamed area. This numbs the area, and makes you feel good.

However heat does the opposite as it’s a vasodilator which pushes fluids into the area. While this may feel good at first, you eventually feel worse as the additional fluid accumulates in an inflamed area. This is similar like throwing gasoline on a fire!

You may consider heat if the LBP is chronic and has been there for more than 3 months. You can also contrast therapy where you alternate between the two so that ice pushes out fluids and heat pulls in fluids. Make sure you start and end with ice so that the therapy has an anti-inflammatory start and end.Four


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