Many patients who suffer from back pain and are overweight are worryingly unaware that their excess weight is often a contributing factor to their back problems. Our experienced Stoke on Trent chiropractor warns that people who are overweight are commonly at a higher risk of developing back, joint and muscle strain and that the impact that extra weight can have on the joints should not be underestimated.
Every excess pound the body carries adds additional pressure on the ligaments and muscles in the back, and whilst compensating for the extra weight, the spine is at risk of becoming tilted. Over time, the spine can lose its support and an unnatural curve may develop.
According to our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, being overweight or obese can also aggravate problems and pain in the lower back. Extra weight carried in the stomach pulls the pelvis forward and damages the lower back. Herniated discs that result from damaged spinal structures are also frequently caused by the pressure of excess weight on the spine.
But that’s only half the problem! There are also many indirect links between carrying excess weight and back pain that some patients fail to recognise. Arthritis of the spine, for example, causes back pain and problems that can be aggravated when excess body weight puts additional strain on the joints. Not many people realise this, but patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of higher than 25 are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than those with a lower BMI.
And then of course, there are other weight-associated health problems to consider. Patients who are severely overweight or obese may experience fatigue and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing during exercise. Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent fears that if these symptoms cause some patients to avoid exercise, then this lack of physical activity will only worsen their back problems.
Being overweight or obese can also impact the effectiveness of back surgery and losing weight prior to undergoing back surgery may help to improve the healing process.
So, if you are thinking of shedding a few pounds in the New Year, perhaps now there are more important incentives for you that just being able to fit into a smaller pair of jeans!
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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