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Continuing our discussion of the 10 most common back pain myths, let's take a look at:
Myth 5: You will never have to modify your lifestyle to manage lower back pain
We educate patients about managing their pain by modifying their lifestyle, modifying their activity, and accepting the fact that doing certain things may hurt more than others.
Chronic back pain patients need to know they are going to have some pain, but we can get it to a manageable level. For example, if they ski a lot, they may not be able to ski the bumps like they used to. Or, they may not be able to ski back-to-back days.
Most people who live with back pain need to place a high priority on strengthening their back muscles. Having good core strength will support the spine, abdominal and buttocks area. Good flexibility in the hips and hamstrings will help reduce some of the stress patients are placing on their spine and allow them to tolerate more load.
In addition, there might be alternative care treatments such as massage and chiropractic care that may help manage pain symptoms that relate to alignment and muscle tone.