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Busting the myths and understanding your back

Back pain is often multifaceted and complex.

Busting the myths and understanding your back is key to self-managing.  Long gone are the days that we treat people simplistically like machines.  Our bodies and minds are deeply intertwined and our thoughts, perceptions, experiences, expectations and beliefs can directly change our physiological state.  Think about someone you love.  What happens?  Did you smile and maybe your heart fluttered?  Now think about a stressful experience.  Do you palms get sweaty?  Do your shoulders or back tighten?  Research shows that when we are in pain, even just thinking about an activity we relate to pain, causes the areas in the brain that are related to pain to fire!

The world is a place saturated with information, googling signs and symptoms to self-diagnose.  We want and need answers.  We now understand that the pain we feel isn’t always related to tissue damage or structural change.  Research has shown that when a group of people with NO back pain were scanned:

  • 30% of 20 years olds and 84% of 80 year olds had bulging discs
  • 37% of 20 year olds and 96% of 80 years olds had disc degeneration
  • 29% of 20 year old and 43% of 80 year olds had protruding discs
  • 4% of 20 year old and 83% of 80 year old had facet joint degeneration or arthritic changes 

Again these are people who are not in pain.

Back pain is common.

I really love this article published in 2017.  It discusses some of the common ideas around back pain and works towards busting the myths and understanding your back.

Click on 10 myths about your back to read this

As you read through the article take a few moments to think about what each point means to you.

  • Can you relate to them?  
  • Did any of them surprise you?  
  • Are any of them contradictory to your beliefs or what you have been told?

Our bodies are designed to move.  Pain, the body and the mind are complex.  Recovery take times.  There is no one size fits all so by considering all the factors we can start to path the way to our own recoveries.

So why Ford Chancellor Wellness? It is one thing to read about the factors that contribute to back pain, but talking through them and finding a solution that work for you is the next big step.  

Jenny Chancellor

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