The Link Between Weight and Lower Back Pain

The Link Between Weight and Lower Back Pain

You’re likely aware that losing extra weight can lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious conditions. But did you know that losing weight can also improve your quality of life by reducing lower back pain?

Research tells us those who lose weight experience significantly less back pain. When you carry extra weight, your muscles must work that much harder to help you do everyday tasks. That puts extra strain on your spine and can move it out of alignment, resulting in pain.

Our team at AllCare Chiropractic wants you to better understand the relationship between weight and lower back pain. In this blog, we review the kinds of back pain that can result from being overweight and exercises that can help you lose weight to overcome that pain.

How being overweight causes back pain

Having high body fat increases your risk of lower back pain and makes it more likely that the back pain episodes you experience last longer.

Being overweight makes you 33% more likely to experience lower back pain, 35% more likely to experience severe lower back pain, and 43% more likely to develop chronic lower back pain. 

Having an unhealthy level of body fat puts you at risk of suffering herniated discs and osteoarthritis. Herniated discs can cause back pain through sciatica. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes back pain as a result of wear-and-tear over time.

Losing weight to ease back pain

Following an exercise routine can help you lose extra weight and take some strain off your spine. Good exercises to help you achieve those results include strength training, aerobic activities, and stretching. 

Being active can increase flexibility, strength, and blood flow to your soft tissues. These improvements should lead to a reduction in lower back pain. Exercising also lowers your risk of developing degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis, that lead to back pain.

At AllCare Chiropractic, we offer chiropractic care to put your spine back into alignment. That can help take the strain off your spine and relieve your pain. We can also help you come up with an exercise regimen that works best for you and your lifestyle.

Next steps

If you’re struggling with lower back pain, especially if it’s severe or chronic, losing weight might be the answer. To learn more about lower back pain and the treatments we offer at AllCare Chiropractic, call the location nearest you today or set up your appointment online.

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