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Posted on 06-02-2013
Could a few extra pounds be contributing to your back pain problems? If you are overweight or obese, the answer is yes. With two out of every three adults either overweight or obese, it is no surprise that more Americans than ever before are struggling with chronic health problems, including back pain.
Unfortunately, being overweight and suffering with back pain can quickly become an endless cycle. Patients who suffer from back pain may struggle to exercise because of their pain. A lack of exercise can lead to further weight gain, exacerbating back pain. If you are stuck in this cycle, our chiropractor can help you break free and lead a healthy, pain-free life.
Below, our chiropractor answers your most frequently asked questions about back pain and weight management:
How does weight affect back pain?
If you are above your ideal weight, your muscles are working harder to accomplish everyday movements. Walking up a flight of stairs, jogging on the treadmill, or even standing for extended periods of time taxes these muscles. Additionally, carrying extra pounds on your body further stresses the spine, which can lead to a spinal misalignment that triggers further pain.
How can losing weight help reduce back pain?
In order to keep your back healthy and reduce the risk for pain, the North American Spinal Association recommends staying within 10 pounds of your ideal weight. Losing weight will relieve extra stress on the spine and muscles, making it easier to move your body and engage in daily physical activity. Whether you are playing with your kids or simply walking down the street, weighing less will help make natural movements easier.
My back pain makes exercise too painful; what should I do?
Our chiropractor can teach you gentle exercises to bring mobility, flexibility and balance back to your body. These exercises support healthy movement without straining the spine. Our chiropractor works with each patient to ensure proper form and prevent injury.
Have you tried corrective exercises to alleviate back pain?
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