How Weight Loss Can Help Reduce Back Pain
By now, you’ve probably heard all about the negative effects of being overweight – risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and trouble breathing, to name a few. But, now there is one more side effect to add to the list – back pain.
Body Fat’s Effect on Joints
The American Obesity Association recently found that musculoskeletal pain (such as back pain) is 20% more likely to occur in those who are classified as obese.
Your body puts up with a lot on any given day. Each extra pound adds to the stress on your spine, which puts additional pressure on the soft tissue around your vertebrae. And, being overweight can shift your body’s center of gravity forward, which puts excess strain on your back muscles.
Along with the additional stress that goes along with weight gain, excess fat can also cause your spine to become unnaturally curved as it pulls your pelvis forward, which causes forward pressure on your spine.
Body Fat’s Effect on Your Body’s Natural Chemicals
Not only does belly fat put additional strain on your spine, it also causes excess release of inflammatory chemicals in your body. One of these chemicals is known as cortisol – a stress-induced chemical that promotes the storage of fat and increases the number of fat cells. Each of these fat cells releases inflammatory chemicals which weaken discs in the spine.
Not only do inflammatory chemicals slowly break down your spine, they also increase the risk of Metabolic Syndrome – a common precursor to heart disease and diabetes.
How to Reduce Back Pain Caused by Excess Weight
If you suffer from back pain, there’s a very real chance that it could be exacerbated by excess weight. If this is the case, then the best way to ease back pain is to start losing weight. But don’t take our word for it – Chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages® community says:
“Staying within ten pounds of your recommended weight can do wonders for your spine. Some back pain may be avoidable –simply by maintaining a healthy weight.”
How do you maintain a healthy weight, you ask? The answer is much simpler than most would like – eat less and move more. But, it’s not just eating less, it’s eating less of the wrong foods and eating more of the right foods. Including anti-inflammatory foods to help fight pain. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle pill or overnight cure.
Weight Loss Program The Villages® Community
Maintaining a healthy weight may be hard, but you do not have to do it alone! The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic offers an amazing new treatment called Zerona Laser Therapy – a new treatment that helps kickstart your body’s fat burning capabilities. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise, Zerona Laser Therapy has allowed some of our patients to lose up to 40 pounds in 6 weeks!
Not only is Zerona completely effective, it’s also completely safe! Zerona is the only weight loss solution of It’s kind that has been approved by the FDA as completely safe!
If you suffer from back pain caused by excess body fat and weight, we can help you shed those pounds and relieve your pain. Contact us today at (352) 430-2121 to schedule an appointment to find out more about our weight loss program and back pain treatments.