Lose Weight, Improve Back Pain Control

A lot of peo­ple with low back pain find their way to my chi­ro­prac­tic prac­tice.  And I see a lot of over­weight peo­ple, too – after all, this is Amer­i­ca, land of the free and home of the quar­ter pounder with fries and a coke.

I know that all the extra poundage doesn’t help with back prob­lems.  But I nev­er want­ed to make a big fuss about los­ing weight.

My patients don’t come to see me so I can bug them about their weight — they want to see what man­u­al ther­a­py can do for their back pain. After all, chi­ro­prac­tic has a lot to offer low back suf­fer­ers.  So what if you’re car­ry­ing an extra 20, 30, or 40 pounds?  You can still get pain relief.

Besides which, focus­ing on someone’s weight is a lit­tle polit­i­cal­ly incor­rect.  We need to accept our­selves more and stop try­ing to con­form to a fake Hol­ly­wood, Pho­to­shopped ide­al.

Still, the truth must be faced.

Obe­si­ty is a major con­trib­u­tor to back pain.  Here are some recent research arti­cles that prove it.

The evi­dence is over­whelm­ing — trim­ming excess body fat is a cor­ner­stone of any mul­ti­di­men­sion­al pro­gram to con­trol back pain.

Another myth busted

Per­haps you believe what I used to believe – that it’s hard to lose weight, and even if you do lose weight, it’s hard to keep it off.

It’s not true.

In 2001 the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion pub­lished a com­pi­la­tion of all the research that had looked at the long term effects of weight-loss pro­grams.  In the aggre­gate, about half of the peo­ple were able to main­tain a 5% weight loss for five years.  And 30% had lost more than 10% of their orig­i­nal body weight and kept it off for five years.

There can be many road­blocks on the way to recov­er­ing from back pain.  Don’t let excess body weight be the one hold­ing you back.


Deepen Your Body of Knowledge

Does Obe­si­ty Cause Pain?

More on Body Mass Index (BMI) and back pain


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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