4 common mistakes to avoid when dealing with chronic back pain

When back pain gets chronic, the pain can pressure you into counterproductive behaviour. Chronic backache comes in various degrees of discomfort. If you indulge in easing chronic back pain the wrong way, you will only worsen the situation and prolong both the pain and your back pain treatment.

Here are 4 of the most prevalent mistakes people make when struggling with chronic back pain.

1. Skipping exercise

If you completely cut out exercise whilst experiencing chronic back pain, your recovery journey will be harder and longer. Brief and gentle exercises help to maintain your strength and overall flexibility. You can begin with mild exercises like walking and stretching before moving to knee-to-chest stretches, pelvic tilts, car-cow stretches and many more. However, if you feel too exhausted or worse, stop and consult your chronic pain management doctor.

2. Taking frequent naps

Though getting enough sleep is one of the medically recommended methods of easing lower back pain, taking frequent naps can aggravate the pain. Sleeping helps the body to repair itself, but napping many times a day does not. Instead, it disorganises your standard day/night sleep cycle, weakening and stiffening your body and adding to your discomfort.

3. Mistaking the hurting area for the injured area

Where you feel pain is not necessarily the spot with the injury. The back has a complex architecture that features nerves which branch off of the spinal cord. “Referred pain” is very tricky because of its ability to move around along nerve lines. Sometimes, an issue with your bony spine or pain caused by a degenerated disc may be felt in the lower back, buttocks or hips.

4. Procrastination

Many people are held back by procrastination when it comes to planning and making a timely appointment with their chiropractor. Even when the back pain gets chronic, some continue to procrastinate until the pain becomes unbearable.

There are no guidebooks to dealing with chronic back pain. However, avoiding the mistakes above is a great way to ensure that your back pain doesn’t become more and more chronic. If you have persistent back pain, contact our Perth Chiropractor to receive the best treatment you deserve.

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