FOURTEEN MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN…

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Myth
Always sit up straight to prevent back pain.

Fact
Slouching is bad but sitting too straight and too still for too long can be a strain on your back. Move around often and walk around.

Myth
Lifting heavy objects hurts your back.

Fact
It’s the way you lift it that can cause back pain. Always bend your knees with legs slightly apart.

Myth
Stay in bed until your back pain goes away.

Fact
Resting can help an acute injury or strain but a day or two in bed can make your back pain worse.

Myth
Back pain is always caused by an injury.

Fact
Disc degeneration, injuries, diseases, infections and even inherited conditions can cause back pain.

Myth
Skinny people don’t get back pain.

Fact
Anyone can get back pain.

Myth
Exercise is bad for your back.

Fact
Regular exercise prevents back pain.

Myth
A super firm mattress is best for your back.

Fact
A medium to firm mattress rated as 5.6 gave less pain than firmer ones rated 2.3.

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