Back pain is difficult, annoying, and often debilitating. And if the cause of your back injury isn’t treated, the best result you will receive from treatment is temporary.
More than 70 per cent of chronic back pain comes from a facet joint, sacroiliac joint or disc. And now, data shows that 42% of the population is using non-medical approaches, such as alternative or complementary medicine for back problems.
So you think you have back pain – but where do you start?
- Get a good diagnosis – It is very important to get a correct diagnosis for chronic low back pain.
- Find the right practitioner to help you – Don’t be afraid to ask your practitioner to tell you exactly what your diagnosis is – so that at the very least, if you need to seek alternative advice, you have your correct medical records to work with.
- Build core strength, not endurance – Research shows that decreased core-stability muscle endurance is predictive of low back pain. Exercises for core stability are believed to be protective, preventative and rehabilitative for back problems. You can increase your core-stability by learning exercises that are not difficult to do and can be integrated into your daily lifestyle.
- Don’t let ‘fear avoidance behaviour’ stop you getting better – People with chronic pain often become so fearful of causing pain that they avoid doing movements or activities that you would normally do.
- Listen to your body – Nobody knows your body better than you – so the most important thing is to listen to your body. If any exercise causes or aggravates your pain, you must stop that exercise immediately.
- Prevention is better than cure – Like managing the engine of your car, you should work on your back even when you’re feeling good. A good practitioner will find problems you didn’t even know you had, which can prevent further serious problems or injuries arising.
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