When it comes to lower back pain, there’s no shortage of information on the Internet. After all, it is one of the world’s most common ailments and the number one cause of disability globally. Unfortunately, not everything you read online can be trusted. We’re about to debunk 4 of the biggest back pain myths.
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If you have an injury that requires bed rest, that’s one thing. However, a stiff or sore back may actually be the result of weakened muscles. Exercise may be exactly what you need to feel better. In fact, being sedentary can increase back pain and result in less mobility. Try simple exercises and stretching.
This is often not the case. Pain is a tricky matter, and the brain can interpret pain signals differently case by case. As a result, even bad back pain may not mean serious damage. For example, sciatica is the result of pressure on the sciatic nerve. It is extremely painful, but the compression may be caused by a minor injury. On the other hand, a mild pain may be an indicator of something more serious, so don’t ignore chronic pain.
Actually, the entire spine can be affected if the top bone, the atlas, is out of alignment. An atlas subluxation throws the head off balance, and the righting reflex causes shifts throughout the spine to correct that issue. Where the greatest adjustments take place, the worst pain is felt. That is often in the lower back. It can even result in sciatica.
By correcting the atlas misalignment, the body can begin the natural healing process. As the spine returns to a normal position, spinal cord function is improved, and pressure can be relieved from nerves. Thus, pain may decrease throughout the back and neck. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you.
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