The Myths, Lies & True Causes of Chronic Back Pain

There are six dangerous myths about back pain floating around, starting with…

Myth #1: You “Throw Out” Your Back – Physical activity can trigger a pain episode, but by itself, it isn’t the underlying cause. If your back is in a compromised state something as simple as picking up a pencil, or sneezing can be the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. You can’t “throw out” your back unless it is in a compromised state in the first place.

Myth #2: Back Pain Means There’s Something Wrong with the Back – Other factores can cause severe back pain episodes even when nothing is physically wrong with your spine, discs, joints, muscles, or ligaments. These factors can also exacerbate physically issues, making existing back pain worse.

Myth #3: My Current Back Pain Isn’t Related to Previous Bouts – Maybe one day your back hurts because your sat down too long. Or another day it is achy from too many hours in the garden. Whatever the case, multiple back pain episodes are usually caused by the same underlying problem—even if the apparent trigger for different episodes appears to vary.

Myth #4: Being Overweight Is a Major Cause of Back Pain – You spine is strong enough to support the weight of the body, whether you carry around extra pounds or not. It can make an existing back problem worse…but isn’t always the sole cause.

Myth #5: People Who Are Not Active Are More Likely to Have Back Pain – Active people put themselves at higher risk of back pain because they place greater strain on their muscles and exert themselves more often. Back pain isn’t caused by weakness.

Myth #6: The Best Thing for Back Pain Is Bed Rest – While severe back pain may constitute a need for limited mobility and bed rest, in the long run, prolonged bed rest can actually cause more pain and problems.

True Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Depending on the type of chronic back pain you are suffering from, the causes can vary. Some of the causes are easy to pinpoint, while others can be a consequence of an action that you aren’t even aware of.

Lower, upper, or just general back pain can be a result of pulled muscles, disc problems (herniated, bulging discs), arthritic conditions, or joint dysfunction. In addition, trigger points, pinched nerves, spinal compression or torsion can be common causes, although not always understood by many. Still other causes can lie in stress and negative emotions as covered previously. Trauma (injury) and muscle imbalances are the most common causes of lower back pain.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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20 thoughts on “The Myths, Lies & True Causes of Chronic Back Pain”

  1. Ruth Gauzza says:

    I am having pain in the front of my right thigh and knee. I have sciatica, 2 bulging disc,, stenosis of the spine. I know this comes from my back but it’ all in the front. I am 86 years old and have never been sick, now I can’t drive and have to depend on others for everything. I’m much better, but still can’t get around am waiting for things to arrive that I ordered from you.

  2. Kathleen Simon says:

    I don’t know wether to believe what you print or not. All I know is I have had back pain since my son was born. It has got worse as I have got older. I am now 74 yrs. and sometimes I have trouble standing straight or walking very far. I see a pain doctor every three months but they don’t last very long.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for your comment and for explaining your situation. A great starting point is our back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. It has information regarding the back, sciatic pain, treatment options and pain relief plus many other useful aspects to help you. We hope you find it useful. You can find out more via the link below:-

      Thank you
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

    2. Cecily Silberman says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      You are describing the same symptoms that I have. What have you done in the last five years to improve your situation and has it worked?

  3. Jan Zwetsch says:

    I have read your emails for the past three years. I have given your books to friends and passed your excellent emails to family and friends.
    Two months ago, I purchased your well built and safe red inversion table (took awhile to assemble). It is helping my scoliosis and I use your infra-red heating pad occasionally. I recently purchased your book: The 7-Day Back Pain Cure. It is full of wisdom and common sense. All your products are worthy of praise. Your have inspired and helped me greatly. After three years of strengthening my core muscles and working my exercise program my scoliosis has straightened quite a bit and I no longer have need to go to a chiropractor for help. I will be 83 years old on Feb. 10, 2017.
    I am interested in helping a son in law who has Sympathetic Nerve Pain Syndrone, a very rare disease. What is your protocol for that rare disease? He has issues with his back, legs, and presently, failing implants in his mouth. I Am wanting info about your protocol to help assist anyone with that rare disease. I have had scoliosis all my life, not severe but still painful. I have improved my situation with your information on posture and am doing exercises and have strengthened my core muscle so as to help assist the over-used muscles in my back because of the scoliosis. Recently I purchased from you the invertion table. I am finding it helpful. Three years ago I had a golfing sports injury and through PT and personal experience I have created some knuckle ‘nudges’ and use a swimming pool ‘noodle’ to quickly rid myself of pain from muscle spasms and overworked muscles. I place a noodle which is cut to the length of my back (from base of skull to end of the tailbone.) I lie on that for three to five minutes and can get up and be without pain. Also, my good posture returns. The first 30 seconds are painful and I relax into the pain and immediately my posture returns to normal and I am without pain. An added relief of any neck discomfort can also be had by rolling your head from side to side while on the noodle.
    I can immediately get up off the noodle and continue my normal activities without discomfort or pain. Sometimes it feels so good to be without pain while laying on the noodle, I can fall asleep. (I seldom take naps.). I also discovered a new way to improve my posture. I wrap myself around the very corner-edge of a door-way, bringing my elbows toward each other and hold that for 20 seconds. I also incorporate a neck strengthening exercise while wrapped around a doorway: sliding your neck on each side of the corner of the dooorway and holding 12 seconds.
    By the way, I teach an exercise class for Senior’s and I appreciate all of your efforts to bring pain relief, joy, and hope to those suffering from back pain. Are there any aids to help people with Sympathetic Nerve Pain Syndrome? Thank you for any information that may help our son.
    I strongly agree with your information, knowledge, and importance of checking into the CAUSES of ones pain and dealing with the causes. Pain medicine is a temporary coverup of the problem. Thank you for your diligent work and for helping so many people live more active and joyful lives. Blessings to you and your co- workers.
    Jan Zwetsch

  4. Patti Nowak says:

    I have severe back pain from sciatic nerve and it never stops along with both knees being bad in which I have injections on my knees! I try to put up with the pain but it really gets to me so any suggestions would be great! I’m 75 years old and don’t want any jumping exercises (LOL) as it certainly would do more damage!

  5. Admin says:

    Hi Jan,

    Thank you for your comment and for your very kind words, we do appreciate that. We are pleased that you are finding the 7 Day Back Pain Cure Book and Inversion table helpful. Regarding the question about your son in law we do not answer personal questions like this on the blog, but please will you have your son in law contact Steve Hefferon direct through our help desk via the link below. Steve will then be able to discuss it all through it with him personally.

    Thank you
    (The Healthy Back Institute)

  6. Admin says:

    Hi Patti,

    Thank you for your comment and question. We would like to suggest you get yourself a copy of our back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure which has information regarding pain relief methods, different treatment options and other useful aspects to help. You can find out more via the link below

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  7. howard d bosworth says:

    Jesse- I’m impressed concerning your followup. I’m 87 and contacting you from the info in’ Fluoroquinolone toxicity solution’ for periferal neuropathy. Several books which have been helpful. 1 is Autoimmune Fix by Tom O’bryan and 2- Grain Brain by David Perlmutter. I’m in the early stage of dealing with the side affects of taking Cipro. Thanks again.- Howard Bosworth

  8. Cheryle Gillingwater says:

    Have ordered Heal n Soothe. Tried it once, & seemed better. Am out, ordered more. Pain is debilitating due to advanced severe osteoarthritis of spine. Also have osteoporosis, and scoliosis. Anything else I need?? Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Can barely walk, spend too much time in bed, on heating pad. Can’t do daily chores. Only a bit at a time. Thank you so, Cheryle Gillingwater I am 70!

  9. Admin says:

    Dear Cheryle,

    Thank You for explaining your situation and question. We have sent you an e mail today with more information so please look for it.

    We feel our Arthritis Reversed Book will be helpful.

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  10. Chic Rementeria says:

    I’ve been living with 3 bulging discs and 2 protrusions and arthritis for a long time. I do anything possible to avoid surgery, workout with a trainer, keep active, take curcumin and every anti inflammatory I can. My back doctor can’t believe I’m still upright and my chiropractor can’t imagine what shape I’d be in if I didn’t do the things I do..I’m hoping for some relief with your product.

  11. Admin says:

    Hi Chic, If you do not already have it, we suggest you get a copy of our back pain book -The 7 Day Back Pain Cure as well. It has lots of information about back pain, pain relief methods for you to try, information and education about the back you will find interesting and treatment options you can consider. It has a lot of other useful information you will find helpful as well. Please read more about the book and its contents via the link below

    Thank you
    Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  12. luke matanavatu says:

    thank you so much ,hope that you will post the Newsletter of back pain

  13. Lise Kvist says:

    I was injured in an accident when I was 28. I had compressed and herniated discs in my lumbar region. I had surgery and returned to health untill at age 65, I felt pain in the areas of injury. I was a patient at a persistant pain clinic and physio therapy and medication did not help. The drugs prescribed were Fentanyl patches, then Kapanil, then Ordine, then oxynorm. My brain was so scrambled by these synthetic opioids, I weaned myself off all of them. Yes I have a lot of pain, but I have my brain back. I am hoping the treatment for pain that I bought will help. Nothing else has.
    I am 76

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Lise,
      Thank you for explaining your pain. We do wish you well and hope the new treatment is useful to you.

      You may also find our Book the 7 Day Back Pain Cure helpful to you. Please read more about it via the link below.

      Thank you. Our Best Wishes
      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

  14. Elaine Herron says:

    I am searching for a solution that could alleviate or improve the pain my husband is encountering on his right foot (achilles). It is excruciating at times and I want to help him.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Thank you for explaining the pain your husband is dealing with. We would like to help and suggest as a first step our book the 7 Day Back Pain Cure. The book discusses back pain and related conditions along with pain relief methods, various treatment options and other useful advice. Please read the further details about what the book includes at the link below to see what you think.

      Thank you, Our Very Best Wishes
      Admin(The Healthy Back Institute)

  15. Byron F. Messier says:

    I have severe lower back pain .In 1972 I had a serious accident on a farm . Broke my back in 3 places , broke my collar bone , broke 3 ribs, puntured a lung , and pulled my left shoulder out of its socket . Went threw 2 major surgeries and years of physical therapy . Spent a few years in a wheelchair . Took every type of pain killer ,none of which stopped the pain . I just turned 72 last month , stopped taking any kind of pain killer cold turkey 4 years ago . Pain killets were killing me . I am out of the wheelchair and have a job working 66 hours a week , still have pain . Just got your capsules today . I will give them a shot and pray to God that they help . Thanks

  16. Melvin Neapetung says:

    Have Started The Heal And Soothe Supplements. They Help. Had Injuries From A Job; Back, Shoulder, And Wrist! Also Have Food Issues Which Won’t Help The Healing Process. No Dairy Products, Spicy Foods, And Various Ones. The Initial Diagnosis For The Back Pains Was Osteoarthritis, Due To A Broken Bone Spur That Was Not Removed Due To It’s Location! Would Like To Try The Super Joint Support And Natural Cleanse Products Also, To Alleviate My Health Problems. Thank You For The Heal N Soothe Supplements!

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