Does this sound like you? You wake up and something just feels off. Maybe it’s pain in your lower back, some stiffness, or just an ache. You pass it off, thinking it’s nothing and that it will go away on its own. I must’ve just slept awkwardly or it’s just a spasm, you think, everyone feels like this at some point. You go along with your life, thinking one morning you’ll wake up and it’ll be like that pain never happened. But then, months later, you’re still living with back pain – sometimes even worse than it was when it came on. If you’re currently living with back pain here’s five reasons that it could be lasting longer than it should:
1. You thought it would go away on its own – but it didn’t
Waking up with an ache or some stiffness is fairly common, especially for the older population. However, so often that little ache or stiffness is a product of much deeper damage. Even if you think that pain was caused by doing something – like lifting or sleeping awkwardly – it might stick around for much longer. That pain could just as well have been caused by years and years of poor posture that caused the muscles to become weak. Then, the act of lifting or sleeping awkwardly was the effect of that. And that kind of damage isn’t going to just go away on its own.
2. You went to the doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers
Many medical professionals struggle to address the root cause of back pain. So, after following doctor’s orders you’re still stuck with pain as soon as the painkillers wear off. The damage done from years of bad posture or other issues hasn’t been addressed, so you continue to have pain.
3. You tried YouTube exercises, but they didn’t do a thing
We now have a world of information at our fingertips and feel like we can find the answer to anything with one quick search. Unfortunately, when it comes to back pain, everyone is different. There is no “one size fits all” solution. YouTube videos are not personalized to your back and the problems you’re experiencing. They can’t address your pain personally and very rarely work to fix anything long term.
4. You decided to get a few “massages” hoping that would fix the pain
Massages are a wonderful part of healing the human body. They can be very relaxing and do wonders for mental health as well. However, they rarely do anything to fix back pain in the long term. This treatment may feel good in the moment, but it doesn’t address the cause of your pain and thus does little to make you feel better.
5. Somebody told you that everybody gets back pain, so you just accepted it
While back pain is very common, it does NOT have to be a part of your life. It is possible to understand the root causes of your pain and work to make it better. A trained professional can work with you, one-on-one, to understand where your pain is coming from and the steps you can take to address it. It is true, many people suffer from chronic back pain, but you don’t have to be one of them.
If any of these have happened to you, we would love to help. To understand some ways you can address your back pain today click the link below and download your FREE guide to reducing back pain. If you like what you’ve read and want to know how the team at Actify PT can help, give us a call! We would love to give some solid advice over the phone and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the best decision about what to do next.