Back pain is extremely common. In fact, about 75-84% of people worldwide will experience back pain at some point in their lives (Thiese et al. 2014). The good news is that the vast, vast majority of back pain cases are not indicative of something serious. In fact, most cases will alleviate within days to weeks (Hartvigsen et al. 2018). That said, we understand that back pain can be incredibly uncomfortable and frustrating.
So given the prevalence of back pain, we thought it would be good to talk about some of the common myths we hear and give some tips about managing and preventing back pain.
1. Lifting weights, especially with a bent back is bad.
Just like lifting weights makes muscles stronger, lifting weights makes the back stronger and more resilient. Of course, lifting something awkwardly or a load you are unaccustomed to can be a factor that contributes to pain, just like any other part of your body. However, we know that an appropriate resistance training program...