Posted on
November 25, 2019

Do you still have those outdated beliefs?

There are still a lot of misconceptions communicated about back pain, with explanations and advice being delivered that scientific evidence does not support.

1. You should stay in bed and off work
This myth is still very widespread even though more and more research has shown that these are some of the worst things you can do if you want to overcome the problem. Staying active is the key here!

2. You should correct your posture.
You might have been told how your posture is causing your pain, and that you need to have it fixed to get rid of the pain. In fact, research shows that having a so-called “bad posture” is extremely common, and that you actually don’t have to correct your posture to reduce pain. 

3. Passive treatments come first 
Despite a clear lack of evidence regarding their long-term efficiencies and their potential side effects, passive treatments like spinal injections or opoïd prescriptions are on the rise in the UK. 

The problem with these beliefs is that not only are they not effective, they are even preventing patients from doing what is right for their back. 

So, how do I get better?

The good news is, most back pain can be very effectively treated by using these 3 very simple principles.

1. Self-management is key
Self management is so important that it’s recommended across all research and clinical guidelines as the first line of treatment for nonspecific back pain. Don’t just rely on passive treatment options such as medication for long-term relief! It doesn’t however mean that you shouldn’t get support from a healthcare practitioner. Proper guidance from a physio can make a great difference.

2. Remain physically active
Movement is medicine! Take walks, stay at work and keep doing the things you love in your spare time even if you have to make modifications for some time. Staying active is absolutely key to overcoming back pain.

3. Exercise!
Exercise has been shown to help in the treatment of more than 25 chronic conditions, including back pain treatment and prevention. Specific back pain exercises are one way, but other types such as yoga, pilates and running have also been shown to help. Start within your capacity and gradually progress the intensity and volume of the exercise as you get better and stronger.

Conclusion

The principles we apply to our patients are simple, cheap and very effective, as proven by the incredible feedback we receive on our Appstore or Trustpilot page. But it also can take somewhat of a behaviour change which can make it hard to stick to.

That’s why we created Reach, the app that helped more than 8000 people say goodbye to back and neck pain for good by building a personalised exercise routine they can stick to. Want to know more? You can find out more about our app here, or simply give it a go with our 7-day free trial by downloading it here.