The spine – it supports your entire body’s weight, keeps your body in an upright posture, and carries sensory information from other parts of the body to the brain. A healthy spine is a healthy body!
And yet, there are still tons of misconceptions about spine health and back issues. Do you believe any of these myths?
1. Spinal Issues Only Affect the Elderly
“My elderly folks encounter back pain all the time but I am still young and able! Therefore, I wouldn’t need to be too concerned about my spinal health yet, right?”
It’s true that spinal problems do affect the elderly. But they could occur in younger folks too. There are also various risks associated if left untreated.
Aside from old age and other health conditions, spinal problems can result from various other factors like poor sitting posture or sports injuries.
2. Ignore the Pain as It will Go Away on Its Own
Adopting an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra is an excellent way to manage the stresses and pains life brings during trying times. But when it comes to spinal issues, that’s a kind of pain you shouldn’t ignore.
Sometimes the pain goes away if you ignore it. But you also risk developing further spinal health issues in doing so.
If you find the pain getting worst over time, you need to address it either by stretching, light exercises or seeing a chiropractor for treatment.
Don’t ever ignore sharp pains! Get in touch with a chiropractor immediately if the pain level is unbearable.
3. Back Pain and Problems are All Hereditary
While it is not false that one could inherit bodily pains and health conditions like myopia and diabetes, back problems can also be a result of other conditions and habits beyond genetics.
For instance, poor posture is not something that is hereditary, but it is a common cause of chronic lower back pain.
4. Being Physically Active Reduces the Risks of Developing Chronic Lower Back Pain
This is definitely not true. In fact, poor workout posture could become a source of back pain!
While being physically active truly helps keep the main and body awake, all physical sports bring with them various risks, too.
For example, while Thai boxing (also known as Muay Thai) might be a stellar workout to get some cardio in and build your upper body strength, poor workout form could put your lower back at risk of spinal injuries.
Similarly, aerial fitness requires a massive amount of strength and back flexibility. Pushing yourself too hard when attempting to nail a complex move could put your spinal health at risk.
Even a simple move like chin-ups could cause neck and upper back pain if done wrongly!
The easiest way to avoid this is to seek expert advice about proper form and stop immediately when you feel any sharp pains. Go at your own pace and go slow especially if you are trying a new sport.
5. Chiropractic Adjustments are Painful
In instances where the pain gets unbearable (to a point where it keeps you up at night), you might need to pay a visit to your chiropractor.
One might think that chiropractic adjustments are going to be extremely uncomfortable since they treat the spine.
On the contrary, various non-surgical chiropractic treatment like spinal adjustments and spinal decompression therapy do not require any needles or heat. The pain one feels, if any at all, would probably be due to the existing soreness of the muscles rather than the treatment itself.
Don’t believe us? See how spinal adjustment and spinal decompression therapy is done by hitting play on the video below: