Our human nature is to avoid pain. In fact, this instinct to avoid pain is one of our most important built-in self-preservation mechanisms. And while avoiding any movements or exercise that causes pain seems like a good idea, in some cases avoiding pain can often make things like Back Pain even worse.
Confusing right? It’s no wonder I get this question from so many people. So, how do you know if exercise is safe or if it’s going to make things worse?
Great question! One that I hear often from people with back pain. In fact, I’ve already had this same question twice this week and it’s only Tuesday as I write this.
Here’s what one person who called asked:
“I’ve tried all the things that are supposed to help tight muscles like heat, massage and stretching, but nothing seems to work, at least not for very long. So, why are my back muscles always so tight?”
An increase in Back Pain complaints is common this time of year and lately I’ve had several people asking this question. And it’s a great question!
For many it can be hard to decide whether they should just give it little more time to “WAIT & SEE” if their Back Pain will go away or if it’s time to TAKE ACTION.
I get why this can be a tough decision to make, because most of the time our aches and pains will go away if we give our bodies some time to work through the healing process.
When that doesn’t happen, and the pain doesn’t go away as expected it can be confusing and difficult to decide what to do next.
Here are a couple of simple questions you can ask yourself to help you figure out what to do.
I’ve heard more stories than I can count about how people have injured their backs. Some stories are terrifying, others can be quite funny, and I’ve heard everything in between.
Would it surprise you if I told you most Back Pain isn’t caused by an “injury”?
Most Back Pain is far stealthier! It sneaks up on you for no reason and most people are left without a good story tell to explain their Back Pain.
While I can’t promise you a good story, there are several things that could be causing your Back Pain.
With Fall officially here and Winter just around the corner, I’m already starting to hear more complaints of new or worsening Back Pain.
In fact, this happens almost every Fall and Winter. As the days get shorter and colder lower backs seem to “unexpectedly” get stiff and achy.
What was once just an occasional dull ache that was easily ignored suddenly gets more annoying, more painful and more limiting every day.
"Helping active adults overcome persistent aches, pains and injuries, so they can get back to the activities they love and improve their health naturally - without pain medication, injections or surgery."
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger