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Low Back Pain Myth Busting (So You Know the Truth)

Low back pain is one of the most common health problems in the United States. However, many patients (perhaps including you) continue to suffer because of the misinformation circulating about low back pain.

The first step to achieving lower back pain relief in Oakland CA is to separate facts from myths. So before you look for a treatment, stop for a minute and let’s put the record straight about this taxing condition. 

Myth #1. Physically Active People Don't Get Low Back Pain

Being physically active is no guarantee that you won't develop lower back pain. Unfortunately, some patients love to engage in physical activities but still carry the burden of low back pain. Even athletes experience low back pain after vigorous training. 

Now you're probably wondering, "why do they still get low back pain if they're in an excellent physical condition?"

Well, athletes engage in repetitive motions that lead them to over-exert their back muscles. This causes muscle strain and tearing of the ligaments and tendons in the lower back. 

Another cause of lower back pain in physically active people is a herniated disc. If you have a herniated disc, you're most likely going to feel a radiating and crippling pain in your lower back. 

Myth #2. Painkillers Are Must-Haves

There is nothing wrong if you reach for a bottle of Advil to relieve your back pain. However, you should always assess the severity of your problem before taking any painkillers. Medications only provide short-term relief. Also, the more you take it, the more you put yourself at risk of addiction. 

To get lower back pain relief in Oakland CA, you can take advantage of physical therapy and exercises. Also, lifestyle modification is one of the best alternatives to relieve your pain. One of the lifestyle changes you can make is to leave your bad habits behind, including smoking, drinking, and sleeping in late. Remember that these habits can make your suffering worse. 

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Myth #3. Your Low Back Pain Will Just Go

Yes, lower back pain may indeed come and go—but depending on the source of the pain. If yours is triggered by any sudden movement like twisting or bending, the pain can shut down anytime, just like flipping a switch. But in cases of traumatic injury or chronic condition, the pain is most likely to stay for a while. Visiting a trusted specific chiropractor is an excellent option to trace the pain's source.

Myth #4. Back Pain is Part of Aging

Age is also another risk factor for developing low back pain. As we age, there's a possibility that the disc in between our vertebrae may tear and shrink, causing stiffness and pain. Also, if you have experienced whiplash injury in the past, its effect may manifest when you’re a little older in the form of low back pain.

However, aging does not necessarily cause lower back pain. Lower back pain shouldn't even be a part of your everyday life as you grow older. 

There are ways to delay low back pain as you age. These strategies include healthy habits that you can do without spending money, including:

●  Maintaining a healthy weight

●  Practicing good sitting, standing, and sleeping posture

●  Eating a healthy diet 

●  Taking short walks every day

●  Performing exercises that strengthen the lower back

#5. Hard Mattress is Best for Your Lower Back

If you have low back pain, you should buy the hardest mattress in the store—right? Not really.

You’d need to think twice (or better yet, cross it off your shopping list) before purchasing the firmest mattress because it isn't the best choice for everyone, especially for people with low back pain. In fact, a firm mattress can worsen your discomfort. Instead, what you need is a mattress that can support your spine throughout the night.

Posture is essential even in your sleep. Unfortunately, a hard mattress will not offer the support your spine needs. It makes you more prone to a spinal misalignment over time. The same thing could happen if you choose to buy a mattress that's too squishy. So, it is best to invest in a medium-firm type of mattress for optimal lower back support.

 

Enjoy Lower Back Pain Relief in Oakland, CA with Specific Chiropractic

If you’re one of the thousands of people seeking lower back pain relief in Oakland, CA, we want to introduce you to Dr. Melissa, our trusted chiropractor who can help restore the optimal health of your lower back.

Having specific chiropractic as her technique, she focuses on providing generational chiropractic care from kids to grandparents. This can help give anyone with low back pain another shot at living a pain-free life.

This form of care can also reduce the chances of recurring lower back pain flare-ups. Life Chiropractic’s main objective is to detect, target, and correct spinal misalignment, one of the least detected sources of lower back pain. 

Spinal misalignment affects the normal function of your nervous system. As a result, it causes pain and diseases that may disable you from living your best life. However, with the help of a specific chiropractor, you have a good chance of recovering from back pain. 

You can reach Life Chiropractic through this contact form or call us at 510- 394-5035. Our excellent team is excited to offer you the care you need.

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