What do you know about back pain?
One common myth about persistent low back pain is that it is always related to tissue damage in fact PERSISTENT LOW BACK PAIN IS RARELY ASSOCIATED WITH SERIOUS TISSUE DAMAGE: Backs are strong. If you have had an injury, tissue healing occurs within three months, so if pain persists past this time, it usually means there are other contributing factors. A lot of back pain begins with no injury or with simple everyday movement. These occasions may relate to stress, tension, fatigue, inactivity or unaccustomed activity which make the back sensitive to movement and loading.
Another common myth is that repeated spinal loading results in ‘wear and tear’ and tissue damage. BACKS DO NOT WEAR OUT WITH EVERYDAY LOADING AND BENDING: The same way lifting weights makes muscles strong, moving and loading make the back stronger and healthier. So, activities like running, twisting, and bending and lifting are safe if you start gradually and practice regularly.
So as much as I don’t really like washing Obi I know it is entirely safe for my back and in fact it is good for it.
Answer to my initial question: it has got to do with the mind-body connection of a painful experience. I do sometimes experience lower back ache when bending over washing Obi and so my brain remembers this.
For more myth busting facts about low back pain have a look at ‘Back to basics: 10 facts every person should know about back pain. O’Sullivan et al (2019) British Journal of Sports Medicine’