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People always ask me what they should do to help make their back pain go away faster.
But in order to get rid of back pain for good, it is also very important to know what to avoid in order to prevent your back pain from coming back or getting worse.
So today I want to share the three biggest mistakes that most people make when they are trying to stop back pain, which actually makes the pain worse in the long run.
Avoiding these mistakes can lead to faster recovery time…
And decrease your risk of aggravating the problem.
Back Pain Mistake #1: Stretching the Wrong Muscle in the Wrong Ways
When we have pain, our body constantly sends us confusing signals…
And many times, the area where we feel the pain is not actually the area that is causing the pain.
So people often think they need to stretch the sore area, when in-fact, stretching the sore muscle can make the pain worse in the long-run.
For example, when your shoulders are feeling tight and sore, your instincts probably tell you to stretch them out.
But that is one of the worst things you can do…
That’s because the muscle that is making your shoulders hurt is actually on the front of your chest!
Most people are baffled to realize that stretching your chest is the best way to relieve tight shoulders.
But without this new information, you keep moving in ways that feel good today but give you even more pain tomorrow.
You can’t’ rely on your body’s signals, you need to know the precise sequence to relieving pain for good.
Back Pain Mistake #2: Trying to Stop Back Pain by Strengthening Your Back Muscles
People come to me all the time with back pain, and the most common thing they say is “I think I need to strengthen my back.”
However, the vast majority of the time, back problems aren’t caused by a weak back…
Back pain is the result of a weak core.
When your core is weak, your low back has to strain and tense to do all of the work. So the last thing we want to do is work it even more.
If you want to avoid pain in your back, hips, and knees and dramatically improve your posture and your health, the secret is in your core.
And don’t worry, you don’t need six-pack Baywatch abs in order to help your back.
Nobody has time to waste doing hundreds of crunches every day. And in fact, many of those standard, outdated abdominal exercises are ineffective…
And risky for your back.
When I work with clients I always like to use the most cutting-edge, easy core-strengthening moves that they can incorporate into their daily lives.
In fact, most people are surprised to see that some of my best core-strengthening moves can even be done while sitting in a chair.
Back Pain Mistake #3: Resting Your Back
Most people think that if they have back pain, they should rest. In fact, medical professionals used to prescribe bed rest to alleviate back pain.
But breakthrough medical research has now discovered that prolonged rest only makes your back stiffer and your muscles weaker.
This weakness leads to longer recovery time, or even worse…
Now I’m not saying you should jump up and run a marathon, but if you follow the right sequence of gentle movements your body will bounce back much faster.
In fact, when I was almost paralyzed with debilitating back pain, it was my precise method of simple movements * that were able to get me back up and running again without any injections, adjustments or surgery.
Meet the Author:
Emily Lark is known as America’s leading at-home healthy back expert. She is the founder of the revolutionary Back To Life System that has provided fast relief for hundreds of thousands of thousands of people of all ages and all walks of life. Her program addresses pain in the lower back, hips, middle back, upper back, neck, and shoulders. After living most of her life with chronic debilitating back pain, Emily is committed to helping people break free from pain without injections, medications or surgery.