This is part 3 in a 4 part series regarding myths and truths about low back pain. You may feel some challenges or biases come up if you haven’t heard these statements before. It is ok to challenge your mindset and look at various perspectives.
Myth #3: My physician told me I can never lift, bend, or twist my back since I have pain and/or a “herniated disc”.
Things to ponder:
- This is sassy but I’m not going to hold back…. that is literally the worse advice anyone can give someone who has low back pain… unless you just had surgery and need to follow precautions
- The spine has been created to move in all directions (that is why during our initial evaluations we check how your spine moves in multiple positions) and to lift heavy loads when necessary
- One of the best things you can do for your back is to move your spine, hips, and pelvis using any type of movement that feels good to you… and to lift weights
- Make sure to talk to your physical therapist, personal trainer, or chiropractor who specializes in movement assessment and training if you have questions regarding your spines health