Weight Gain, Low Back Pain and How a Chiropractor Can Help

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Weight gain? Low back pain? Ever wondered if chiropractic care can help?

Carrying extra body fat, especially in your waist area, can put you at a higher risk for health problems. The American Heart Association warns that too much body fat can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

So what does weight have to do with low back pain? Extra weight (especially in the abdominal area) can create problems with your spine as well as your whole skeletal structure. People who carry too much weight in the abdominal area may have a pronounced arch in their lower back. This is caused by trying to counter balance the excess weight in front. For example, a lot of expectant women will experience low back pain, in the last trimester. Usually, their low back discomfort will dissipate after delivery.

Excess weight in the stomach area causes the pelvic to tilt forward causing the exaggerated arching of the lower back . This condition is called lordosis, also known as swayback. If steps are not taken to lose the excess weight, the lordosis condition will eventually strain and cause deterioration of the outer fibers disks. The disk which acts as a cushion between each vertebra in the spinal column, are made up of soft material and are housed by these outer fibers. The wear and tear on the outer fibers of the disk could cause a rupture of the disk altogether, permitting the soft material inside the disk to extrude and push against the nerve root. This is most commonly referred to as a herniated disk and these typically occur between the back and side of the vertebra. This is when the term “sciatica” is used because many times the herniations or bulging disk is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down into the leg.Not only can excess weight cause back pain, but it also can contribute to problems with your knees, feet and other joints.

Not only can excess weight cause back pain, but it also can contribute to problems with your knees, feet and other joints. Unfortunately, a cycle begins when a person gains weight. They become more sedentary, which increases weight gain and decreases muscle mass. This in turn can lead to higher risk of injury. Then to make matters worse if a person experiences pain, this will lead to further inactivity.

So, how can a Chiropractor break that negative cycle and help you lose weight and get pain free? People who are overweight are more likely to experience chronic pain and in addition, it usually takes longer for them to heal from injuries.

A Chiropractor can help you by first treating any muskoskeletal pain or injury in your spine, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and/or ankles. Also, when you have been out of shape and sedentary it is much easier to injure yourself when you start to exercise. A Chiropractor not only helps relieve and treat pain, but also educates on proper posture, exercise prescription, nutrition and lifestyle changes.

For more information call 812.539.2900 we can schedule you an appointment with one of our chiropractors and get you on the road to a healthier and happy you! Don’t wait, give us a call today!

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