Maintaining Your Weight: The Key To a Healthy Back
When it comes to managing your weight, it may be an ongoing challenge. Maintaining a healthy weight consists of a combination of staying active and eating a balanced diet, both of which may require a lifestyle change.
Poor health means that there is more than just an outward appearance that is at risk, keeping a healthy weight is beneficial to your back and the potential stress that may be put on it. Read more about the ways that you can keep a healthy back and treatment options for pre-existing back pain.
Less work, more strength
Our bodies benefit from being strong and healthy, when we weigh more it takes more work to do every day errands and activities. These activities may include doing minor chores around the house, to grocery shopping or taking your dog for a walk. When you are overweight, these activities not only are a burden but can cause more strain on your joints, muscles and organs when you are not in shape.
Weight and your back
Your back is an important part of our body, and should be treated with the utmost care. We use our back every day, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Carrying around more weight than our body was made for can cause a direct strain to our backs, even when we are walking around. If you have ever experienced back pain, you know this has an effect on everything you do!
Other Health benefits
While our back is an important part of our health, remember that staying in a healthy weight range also keeps us healthy inside. Health risks such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis may be all prevented if we are maintaining a healthy weight because we are eating the right foods that are rich in the right nutrients (vitamins, minerals, proteins).
Preventing Back Pain
It is important to be informed of tips on how to keep our backs in the best shape! Along with staying in shape, there are a few other tips that may help you manage and maintain a strong and healthy back.
Ways in which you can keep a healthy back include:
- Doing strength exercises for your back on a weekly basis
- Not lifting heavy objects
- When you do lift: lift with your legs NOT your back
- Keeping a good posture, walking and sitting straight
Chiropractic Care for Back Pain
Our main goal is to prevent having back problems and pain, but sometimes things happen. If you are suffering from back pain, using chiropractic treatment can help with symptoms of pain and other discomfort. Your chiropractor will first conduct a physical on you that may help determine possible other health ailments before suggesting possible treatment options. Types of treatments that a chiropractor may offer to help with back pain may include: manipulating joints, a nutrition plan and possible exercise plans. These treatments may help with a chronic back pain or back pain that was caused by a recent accident.