Myth: Bed rest is a cure.
A day or two in bed can help when pain is acute. But after that, staying in bed will probably make things worse, for all the reasons that fitness is linked to health. When you start moving again, you’ll get out of breath more easily and your muscles won’t be as strong.
Especially if back pain is a chronic issue, you don’t want to start thinking of yourself as disabled. The right kind of exercise will help, not hurt.
March 27, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN