I wanted to share with you an email I received asking, “I have tried some of the tips listed in the report and they are working. I am confused about the recommendation of not sitting for long periods of time. My doctor told me that I should rest and my back pain would get better.”
I can immediately tell you there is one thing that won’t work for back pain…REST. At least not in the way that you think.
What I think the doctor is trying to say is to “rest” from the things that make back pain WORSE. Often, sitting is something that makes back pain worse.
Other things that may make back pain worse are lifting heavy objects or standing for too long in the kitchen or in the store.
So how do you “rest” correctly?
Well, “lying down” is one way to do it because it takes a lot of pressure off your back. I know for most people it’s hard to find time to lie down…who has time for that? But if you ever find yourself reading a book, or watching a show, why not try doing it lying down? It might help you de-stress too.
Did you know that stress significantly adds to back pain too? It’s because muscles tighten and joints stiff when you’re stressed. Deep breathing while lying down in bed can decrease stress.
Admittedly, any type of rest is not going to cure the problem, it’s just avoiding it. So what’s the long-term solution so that you don’t have to deal with back pain?
Find the ultimate cause of the problem.
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Chris Miller DPT
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