A misconception. Some people think that suffering from back pain will prevent them from being active and working out. In most cases, avoiding physical activity will only increase the pain and condition. Why? Because the body will react by decreasing muscle tissue and bone mass, which in turn will lead to more stiffness and soreness, which will only increase pain. Pain will likely occur if the capacity of your body is not sufficient to match the requirements of your everyday life or given task. Instead of avoiding the task, it is better to increase your abilities.
Therefore, the trick is to stay active whatever you do, and work on your fitness continually and gradually. (Yes, even if you have suffered an injury.) There are even psychological benefits: your body will also produce hormones that will reduce pain and lift your mood. “People who understand that there is a lot they can do for their own fitness and in order to prevent aches and strains will experience less pain”, says Dr Müller. “You are responsible for your own health, so be proactive about it.”