Obesity is a growing epidemic that affects both adults and children around the world.
This is a condition where the fatty tissue in the body exceeds the required body mass index (BMI) of 30. For example, a man 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds has a BMI of 34 and is considered to be.
Poor diet and sedentary lifestyles are known to lead to obesity. In turn, obesity contributes significantly to risk factors for coronary heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.
However, not everyone knows that obesity is also the main contributor to back pain. Our spine is responsible for bearing the weight of the body. However, when too much weight is carried, the spine can become stressed and overloaded.
Over time, the pressure built up in the back can cause serious damage and lead to conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, herniated disc, back strain, and other sources of excruciating back pain.
Conditions caused by obesity
You can try to ignore your weight gain, but you should never discount the fact that when you are obese, you can develop conditions that lead to back pain.
Here are some examples. The intervertebral disc serves as a soft cushion or shock absorber between each vertebra in the spine. Due to injury or degeneration due to aging, these discs can swell and rupture, causing normal wear and tear.
The extra weight in the stomach carried by your spine also causes the spinal discs to wear and tear and, over time, can lead to a herniated disc. A herniated disc can present with symptoms of numbness, muscle spasm, and weakness.
Back pain only occurs when the nerve roots and spinal cord around the vertebrae are pressed and pinched by the protruding disc.
Herniated discs can also be a factor as to why a large number of obese people have sciatica, because the nerves in the legs are pressed by herniated discs. Osteoarthritis, also known as arthritis of the spine, is very common in obese people.
The load carried by the spine increases the stress on the spinal joints and leads to the breakdown of cartilage. Symptoms can appear not only in the lower back, but also in weight-bearing joints, such as the hands, hips, knees, and neck.
Weight loss is recommended, but in extreme cases joint replacement may be possible, and of course surgery may also carry a risk of other health complications. Lordosis is the abnormal curvature of the lower back.
The spine is one with the pelvis. When it moves forward or backward, to the left or right, or when it turns, the spine adjusts with it.
Lordosis develops when excess weight carried in the midsection pulls the pelvis forward, resulting in tightening and straining of the lower back.
People with lordosis may also experience tension, immobility, stiffness, and pain in the lower back and surrounding affected area.
Weight Loss Benefits for Back Pain Relief
The obesity epidemic did not happen overnight. Industrialization, modernization, and our sedentary lifestyles have had a tremendous impact on our eating behaviors.
With fast food restaurants everywhere, convenient supermarkets, and labor-saving devices, we no longer have to put too much effort into producing and preparing our food.
Added to them are the high-calorie and sugary foods that we love to eat. Obesity is the result of an energy imbalance in which you eat too many calories and don't do enough physical exercise to burn them off.
Unfortunately, being overweight can strain your back muscles and ligaments. Our spine can become stressed, lose its natural strength, lean, or develop an unnatural curvature.
While losing weight can help improve serious health problems, it is also common sense to think that it can also relieve back pain.
If you are obese now, there are many ways available, such as diet and exercise, that double your benefit for losing weight and restoring your overall health.
Effective Exercise for Weight Loss and Back Pain Relief
Although exercise is recommended for all types of back pain, some conditions may require some modification, including the appropriate level of intensity and the amount of time required to exercise for safety and rehabilitation purposes.
If pain follows your exercise, you can try gentler routines like yoga, Pilates, and back strengthening exercises as an introduction to help condition your back.
They may include stretching and low-impact aerobics that you can start doing for 15 minutes a day. To start, you can do a standing hamstring stretch.
It's a great stretching exercise for your hamstrings and lower back. You can also do this lying on your back for extreme back pain conditions.
Stand tall with your right foot forward just a few inches in front of your left leg. Next, bend your left knee as you slowly push your abs inward.
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