Chiropractic Health & Wellness Blog

Low back pain from extra body weight

February 21, 2013
Recent research confirms what most people already suspected-that overweight and obese adults are at increased risk for low back pain. Specifically, the extra weight significantly increases the risk for lumbar spine disc degeneration. The study, which involved more than 2,600 men and women over the age of 21, revealed that narrowing of the disc space was more pronounced among obese individuals. As a result of excess stress being exerted on the discs, which function as "shock absorbers" between vertebrae, they degenerate (bulge and herniate). Fat cells may also play a role in back pain by causing chronic low-grade inflammation and low back pain. It is hoped that these findings give overweight individuals added reason to rid themselves of excess pounds.

If you have health reasons to lose weight, add regular chiropractic care to your other health practices.Chiropractic places and emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. Come to Lyn Lake Chiropractic and Call us at 612-879-8000. The answers you need. The care you deserve.

P.S. A bulging/herniated disc may impinge on an adjacent nerve root, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and/or organ dysfunction in any part of the body served by the nerve in question.
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