Can I Relieve Back Pain Through Weight Loss?


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When your back hurts, it makes everything tough. Something as simple as walking through the grocery store can be excruciating. Even sitting and lying down can be painful. However, for many individuals it’s possible to relieve back pain through weight loss.

In fact, research shows that weight is often one of the major contributors to back pain. A 2013 research study, ‘Weight Loss and Obesity in the Treatment and Prevention of Osteoarthritis,’ published in US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found, “Obesity induces several pathways that predispose an individual to symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA).”

Why Will Weight Loss Help Back Pain?

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Losing weight isn't just about looking good. Excess weight puts unnecessary pressure on your joints, which can lead to damage and injury.

The spinal column is the core element of your back. It’s made up of a stack of bones called vertebrae. In a healthy back, there’s a fibrous disc between each vertebra. The fibrous tissue acts as a cushion, allowing the bones to move, while keeping them from rubbing against one another.

Over time, this fibrous tissue breaks down. The natural course of this breakdown happens with old age. However, excess weight can speed up the breakdown process substantially. As an article published by the Harvard Medical School explains, when the fibrous discs break down, they “can press on the nerves in the spinal cord and cause pain.”

Losing weight helps to relieve the pressure placed on your vertebrae and the discs, reducing the pressure on your nerves.

Effective Weight Loss Tips for Back Pain Relief

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While losing weight is definitely touch, it doesn't have to be impossible. By making strategic changes to your life, you can see a big difference in how you look and feel.

When you’re in the thick of it, battling back pain and weight loss can feel hopeless. Some individuals look for relief and help anywhere they can get it. For some, drastic measures like pain killers or surgery are necessary. But both of these options can put your body at risk. Pain killers are only a Band-Aid to the larger problem. Surgery always comes with the danger of complications.

A holistic approach to weight loss, gives you a safe and sustainable solution to managing your health and wellbeing. The following tips can help you safely lose weight: 

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Is Losing Weight to Lose Back Pain the Only Option?

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Losing weight isn't the only way to reduce back pain. Low impact activities, like yoga, can help you strengthen your core and build stability to reduce pain.

Definitely not. A recent article published in the National Institutes of Health explore yoga can ease moderate to severe chronic low back pain. Yoga is impact free, meaning your spine won’t be exposed to excess pounding. It helps you strengthen your core, helping to relieve pressure from your spine. And, it helps you stretch and loosen tight muscles.

Prolotherapy is another, non-invasive way to relieve your low back pain. Using a saline solution, prolotherapy helps stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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Schedule a consultation with one of our naturopathic doctors to begin losing weight and reducing your low back pain.

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Lose Weight Long Term with Tru Health

At Tru Health in Santa Rosa, our naturopathic doctors don’t believe in the quick-fix diet fads. We believe in helping you achieve long-term success.

Why Losing Too Much Weight Too Fast Can be Dangerous

Want to lose weight fast? Losing it too fast can be dangerous. Learn how medically supervised weight loss can help you safely achieve your goals, so you can drop the pounds and keep them off for good.

PLEASE NOTE: This post is not intended to be medical advice. Consult with a medical professional before you make any lifestyle changes or begin exercising.

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