Thursday, January 20, 2011

Can My Weight be Contributing to my Lower Back Pain?

extra weight contributes to bad posture
Quick answer: Yes! The bottom line is that a few extra pounds shouldn’t make a big difference, however, most people gain a significant amount of weight over time. I’ve seen patients who’ve injured themselves to the point where they weren’t exercising like normal and they started to gradually gain weight. I’ve seen people who experienced some kind of trauma and found themselves eating to cope. Also, as we get older, we often become less active.

Try strapping a 20 lb back pack to your back and wearing it all day; see if you can do it. Actually, better you don’t! I don’t want you to hurt your back. Not only will your back be sore, but you’ll be exhausted. These are symptoms you feel right away.

Over time, the increased pressure of the weight will literally start contributing to disc degeneration and joint breakdown.

Also, I’ve seen patients’ posture change because of the weight they’re carrying. I may see someone for a few visits for back pain. Then they leave the office feeling 100% only to come back one year later 25 lbs heavier and significant lumbar extension. This can especially happen when the majority of that weight is in the gut region. Some people tend to lean back or extend the lumbar spine to counter balance the weight. So, if that’s what your posture looks like you can now imagine even more stress and strain on the joints and the lumbar discs. Not only do you only have the increased weight of gravity on your back, but your spine is weaker because it’s out of position.

If your posture and spinal alignment has shifted and stayed that way for a period of time, loosing the weight may help, but may not be enough to restore it to normal. Consult with your local chiropractor to see how he or she may be able to help.

The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompressionAdditional Reading Resources:

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