Chronic or acute low back pain is a common problem and can affect your work, family, and recreational activities. There are some things you should STOP doing to treat your back pain.
1. Stop Slouching
One of the most common causes of low back pain is poor sitting posture. The strain on the back while sitting in a slouched position can cause excessive pressure on the joints, muscles, and discs, causing pain.
2. Stop Avoiding Exercise
It may hurt to get started, but exercise for your back is proven to be beneficial for most low back pain. It helps keep your core muscles strong, provides increased circulation to your joints and discs, and it gives you a sense of well-being. Plus, being a couch potato can really put your low back in a poor posture, leading to pain.
3. Stop Searching for a Miracle Cure
We've all seen the advertisements that promise a miracle cure for your low back pain. Hanging by your feet on an inversion table, rubbing healing balms on your back or spending money on fancy computerized traction devices all sound effective but the evidence indicates that many of these miracle cures are not beneficial.
4. Stop Lifting Heavy Things
One of the top causes of low back pain is frequent heavy lifting. If your job requires that you lift heavy items, ask your employer if special equipment (or an extra set of hands) is available to help ease the load on your lower back.
5. Stop Repetitive Bending
Bending forward a lot can cause increased pressure on the discs in the back and can lead to muscle aches and pains. Limit your forward bending, and be sure to perform low back exercises that focus on backward bending to help offset the repetitive forward bending.
6. Stop Trying Passive Treatments
Passive treatments like heat, ice or ultrasound may feel good, but their effect is usually only temporary. Most research indicates that active self-care exercise and postural correction is an effective remedy for low back pain.
7. Stop Smoking
If you smoke, you have probably heard of the negative effects that it can have on your health.
8. Stop Waiting for the Pain to Go Away
If you have had pain for more than a week or two, see your doctor or physical therapist. While it is noble to try to manage the pain yourself, the earlier you start treatment, the better your chances are of making a smooth recovery and quickly returning to normal function.