Weight Loss to Lose Back Pain: How Does it Work?

25 August 2020

How is your weight related to back pain?
When it comes to back pain and weight loss, these two topics seem so far from connected. While that may seem like the case, it’s actually far from the truth. It’s been proven that there is a direct link between obesity and spine issues. This is due to the excess weight that can lead to additional pressure and strain on the spine. This excessive tension and stress can lead to increased potential injury to the spine and back. It’s been found that there is an increased risk in lumbar region or the lower back region for obese individuals. This is caused by the excess weight in the midsection; when the pelvis is pulled forward, it strains the lower back leading to different kinds of pain and eventually developing to various medical issues.

 More than Just Exercise!
While the simple solution might simply be exercise, there’s so much more you have to consider when trying to relieve your back pain through weight loss. If done incorrectly, exercise can actually activate and worsen your back pain or worse lead to long term injuries. The key is finding the balance between the proper diet, the proper exercise and an overall healthier lifestyle. If you’re currently experiencing back pain, especially if you’ve been experiencing it for a long time, it’s best to consult a physical therapist to help educate you on the best types of exercises and stretches to try without aggravating your back pain or other possible aches and pains in your back and joints. It isn’t just about dropping the excess weight, it’s being able to live a healthier lifestyle that will allow you to live a more fulfilling life!

Start with Simple Stretches!
If you’re already experiencing some back pain, explore some simple stretches that can help provide you with instant relief. Remember that these aren’t long term solutions but rather just simple ways you can start your journey to a happier and healthier you.

Child’s Pose
This is a traditional yoga pose that isn’t difficult to do at all. It helps relieve pain and tension on your spine, neck and shoulders. Before trying this stretch, ensure you have the right space for it and prep either a yoga mat or blanket on the floor.  Start with your hands and knees on the ground. Next, sink your hips to rest them on your heels. Rest your belly on your thighs. Extend your arms in front of or alongside your body with your palms facing up. Focus on breathing deeply and relaxing any areas of tension or tightness. Hold this pose for up to 1 minute.

Seated Spinal Twist
This simple stretch, helps increase movement on your spine and helps stretch your back, stomach and shoulders. Sit on the edge of a cushion with both legs extended out in front. Start sitting on the edge of a cushion with both legs extended in front of you. Next, bend your right knee and  bend your right knee and place your foot to the outside of your left thigh. Bend your left leg, placing your foot near your right thigh. Lift your arms up with your palms facing each other. Starting at the base of your spine, twist to the right side. Place your right hand behind you for support. Place your left arm around your right leg as though you’re hugging it, or bring your upper arm to the outside of your thigh. Hold this pose for up to 1 minute before repeating the same stretch on the other side.

These are just two simple stretches you can try to help relieve your back pain. If you feel as if you’re experiencing pain when doing these poses, it’s suggested that you stop immediately and instead consult your doctor.

Consult Your Doctor
While these simple stretches might help relieve your back pain for a short period of time, it’s best that you consult your doctor or a physical therapist to discover the best solution for your back pain. Remember, it’s always best to seek professional opinions to ensure that you avoid injury and discover what works best for you and your body.