This time of year many are striving to get their bodies back in shape after the holidays. New Year’s resolutions can be a good tool to get you on track to reaching your target weight. We all know that there are so many health benefits to losing weight, not to mention the satisfaction of looking and feeling better!
From a chiropractor’s prospective, shedding extra pounds can also help you ditch the back and joint pain you might be experiencing and here’s why:
One study by Kapandji in The Physiology of the Joints, found that every extra pound of weight a person carries equates to 10 pounds of extra pressure on the discs in the lower lumbar spine! This explains why individuals that are overweight commonly experience lower back pain.
This means that carrying 20 extra pounds is the equivalent of 200 extra pounds of pressure on the discs in the lower spine. This is dangerous for the spinal disc and also slows recovery.
This added pressure on the spine is harmful to your overall health. The spinal cord connecting your brain to your body runs through your spine. This added pressure chokes off nerve supply, meaning organs and tissues aren’t getting their full nerve supply from the brain and therefore not functioning at their full potential.
Losing weight decreases pressure on the nerve system which controls all other body systems. Reducing stress on the nerves improves your body’s function, allows you to heal better, and decreases pain.
Of course exercise and nutrition must be addressed when it comes to weight loss. Chiropractic is important too as it allows the joints to move properly. This is important for a safe and sustainable workout regimen. In addition, chiropractic adjustments improve energy, immune system, sleep, metabolism, and organ function.
While chiropractic care is extremely effective in alleviating low back pain, losing any necessary weight will accelerate your results. If you or someone you know is experiencing low back pain, give our office a call today – (952) 681-2863 for your FREE consultation! At Relief Plus Chiropractic, we look forward to helping you achieve all of your health goals!