Back Pain Myths and Facts  – Chiropractors at the Avenue Clinic in Southampton Enlighten You!


  1. You must sit up straight. Yes, it does help but any sitting for too long is not good for us. A good thing to do is to tilt your pelvis backwards and forwards gently while sitting – nobody knows you are doing it but you keep changing the way your back is curving, which reduces strain on the low back.
  2. Lifting heavy weights will give you back pain. It can do but it is more a question of HOW you lift rather than WHAT you lift. Lifting heavy weights can be good for people with osteoporosis as I mentioned in a previous post. To lift safely, do not bend or twist or reach out in front of you. Keep what you want to lift as close to you as possible; squat down with a straight back and use your legs to push you back up. If the weight feels too much – don’t keep lifting.
  3. If you are overweight you are more likely to get back pain. Not in itself but if it means you are unfit then that can be a contributing factor. You need to keep in shape rather than just lose weight to help reduce the likelihood of backpain.
  4. You need a hard mattress . Not necessarily. In a Spanish study those who slept on a medium-firm mattress fared better than those who slept on a firm mattress. What you find most comfortable depends on your problem.


  1. Manipulation and massage helps.  Definitely – NICE guidelines recommend it but you need to know the cause of your back pain first.
  2. Acupuncture may ease pain. Definitely.
  3. Yoga, cognitive behavioural therapy and  relaxation techniques – tension can play a huge part in recurrent back pain.

Chiropractic, Acupuncture, CBT, Massage can all be found at the Avenue Clinic – call for advice now.