Myth 2: Bed rest is the best treatment to heal lower back pain
Bed rest is no longer recommended. Back pain gets worse as the muscles tighten in response to an injury, and lying down makes them tighten more, continuing the cycle of pain. If you are in severe pain while sitting or standing, limit bed rest during the day to a few hours and only for a couple of days. See your family doctor to learn what’s causing your particular lower back pain and consult with a chiropractor or physical therapist to develop a safe stretching and strengthening program to heal and protect your back.