Back pain is one of the most common problems among the people worldwide. In America and Europe, it has been one of the top reasons for work absenteeism, low productivity and high medical bill.
Anybody who suffers from back pain will try almost anything to alleviate themselves. However, what works for some does not work for others. It has been observed that people who do not find relief from pain often repeat some or all of the following 7 worst mistakes.
Mistake No 1: Continuing a Treatment That Does not Work
Probably, you heard about stories of people that they keep on trying a particular treatment for a very long time in the hope that it will miracuolsly work one day. It is only after all hope is lost that they give up on the treatment.
Some people spend a lot of money on massage therapists, acupuncturists, physio etc. for either a temporary relief or no relief at all.
According to some back pain specialists, the general rule is to continue a particular treatment for around 3 months. If after three months, you did not make any improvement, you should give up on that treatment and find another route.
Mistake No 2 Failing to Solve the Problem the First Time
Sometimes pain in the back appears and then disappears. People normally forget about it without paying any attention to find the cause and a suitable solution.
When the pain goes away, the problem may remain hidden and, after sometime, the pain may resurface in a more severe form.
It is, therefore, very important to figure out the cause at its first appearance without waiting for it to flare up again.
Mistake No 3: Thinking You are too Fit and Healthy to Have Back Pain.
I admit that I am only 5 feet and 3 inches. When I was young, I heard that only tall people have back problems and that people of short sizes do not ever get any back problem at all.
Speaking from my own personal experience, this theory is totally wrong. I have suffered the worst sort of back pain for almost 5 years contrary to my belief that I would never get it.
Similarly, you may eat right and exercise regularly and enjoy good health. This may lead you to believe that you will never get any back pain.
The reality is that healthy people are prone to experience back pain, although they may have lesser chances than those who are otherwise inactive. This, however, does not rule out the possibility that you will not experience any back pain. Some of the most active people like athletes, runners, swimmers, dancers, gymnasts and bodybuilders have worst been hit by bad back problems.
People who do a particular exercise a lot may only be working out muscles of a particular area. This in long term causes muscle imbalance and create pain issues.
Mistake No 4: Treating only the Symptoms
Treating the symptoms is not the solution. Treatments like cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory drugs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and others address only the outward symptoms of the problem.
Getting rid of the pain symptoms is not getting rid of the problem. Pain is simply a warning signal of the underlying problem.
Jesse Cannone in his book, the 7 Days Cure to Back Pain, beautifully explains this by comparing to an oil light that comes on your card dashboard. If you put a duct tape to cover the light without paying any attention to the underlying cause of the light, it is only a matter of time that the car will break down.
Mistake No 5: Not Understanding that Back pain is a Process
This means that back and other body pains do not develop overnight. They may only show themselves all of a sudden. The reality is there is a whole process behind this, which develops in weeks, months and may be even years.
We force our bodies to certain tasks that these were not originally designed to handle. For instance, one of the main causes of back pain is sitting on chairs or car seats for very long hours.
Before the modern transport and invention of computer, back pain complaints were far less than they are today.
As it is said that bad posture is the number of one enemy of back pain. Most back pain sufferers do not pay attention to correct posture. This slowly causes wear and tears in the muscles and tissues leading to pain related problems.
Mistake No 6: Believing There are No More Options Left
After trying some treatments, which prove ineffective, you might start thinking that nothing works or that perhaps surgical treatment is the only option.
Worse than that, you may even start thinking that you have to live the life as it is and that you have to learn to live with pain.
However, this is not the case. One should never leave the rope of hope. Back problems can be treated; you simply need to find the right treatment.
Mistake No 7: Failing to Take Control
People look to others for help. There is nothing wrong while taking help from others. In fact, most of the time, we need other peoples help. However, we must not lose control of our own responsibility.
Nobody else cares as much about you as you do it yourself. It is you who should be taking the right steps necessary that allows and assist your body to heal.
A medical doctor, a surgeon, a massage therapist, a physio etc. all see the problem from their own angle. The only person who can see the big picture from all the angles is yourself.
This post is based upon Jesse Cannone’s book, the 7 Days Back Pain Cure. To get a free copy of the book, please click here.