If you are facing back pain, it might be because of excess weight. By design, the spine is made to carry the body’s weight; however, when excess weight is carried, the spine is forced to support the extra weight. This, in turn, puts tremendous stress on your back.
And for many, the back pain can become a frequent occurrence. According to the National Institutes of Health, in a 3-month period about one in four adults experience at least one day of the spine-tingling effects of back pain. As for individuals with obesity, research shows these individuals are more likely to have lower back pain, as are people who smoke. The good news is back pain can be banished, by simply making a few lifestyle changes. Learn how you can put an end to back pain once and for all.
You might be wondering, can losing weight decrease or lessen the symptoms associated with back pain? According to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, weight reduction can have positive effects on musculoskeletal pain. Researchers also found that the subjects experienced less back pain, further supporting the benefits of losing weight.
Looking for ways to improve your back symptoms? For a healthier back, try:
- Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight
- Stretching more often (i.e. while at work, before and after working out, and whenever your muscles feel tense)
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Adjusting your chair and computer to a comfortable height
- Lifting objects with your legs, not your back
If you are experiencing problems with your back, ask your Medi-Weightloss® healthcare provider what light exercises and stretches, you can include in your daily routine to improve your back symptoms. Additionally, if your symptoms have been ongoing for quite some time, it might be time to seek help. Talk with your healthcare provider to make sure you are getting enough calcium.
Larsson, U.E. (2004). Influence of weight loss on pain, perceived disability and observed functional limitations in obese women. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders.
Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14610533
NIH News in Health (2014). When your back hurts don’t let back pain knock you flat. Retrieved from: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/12/when-your-back-hurts