Being overweight increases the risk of back pain. Losing just 4 pounds takes 16 pounds of pressure off your spine. Plus a few tips to ease that back ache.
As mentioned in a previous article giving a review of osteoporosis, its causes and prevention strategies, physical activity places exertional forces on bone, which promotes bone growth and strengthening. This seems to be particularly important in your early 20s; keeping active during this time may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
A study has found a significant association between the presence, extent and severity of disc degeneration in overweight and obese adults. Click on the link for details.
From a rather allopathic viewpoint but the first few points are particularly relevant and you should ALWAYS get chronic pain investigated by a suitably-qualified healthcare professional (such as an osteopath or GP) to determine the underlying cause and help with management of the problem.
Some useful tips for a more comfortable journey if you suffer with back pain.
This article describes how to stretch the iliopsoas muscle group, which is commonly involved to some degree in low back pain.
Ross Skilton is a qualified osteopath and owner of South Downs Osteopathy in Brighton & Hove and Henfield