A Few More Surprising Reasons to Quit Smoking!
By Sara Butler
You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking, but you shouldn’t let that phrase diminish the reality that smoking is still harmful and dangerous to your overall health and wellness. Not only is smoking bad for your organs and your arteries, it’s also bad for your back! If you are a smoker, remember it’s never too late to quit, but if you need some more motivation to stop smoking here are a few reasons you may not have thought about that your chiropractor wants you to be aware of.
One of the biggest risk factors associated with smoking tobacco is plaque buildup on the walls of your arteries. The reason this is a problem is because it restricts blood flow to different areas of your body due to clogged up arteries, and that means when you’re injured, blood can’t reach the area in order to help it heal. When it comes to your back, the blood flow in the very small blood vessels that feed your spine and the discs between the bones of your spine is restricted, so if your back is injured it makes it more difficult to recover from that too.
Bone Density Destroyer
Nicotine is the substance that makes cigarettes addictive, but that’s not its only concerning feature. Nicotine has also been found to inhibit the cells that help to build bone tissue and that can cause your bones to lose their density and mass and become more susceptible to breaking. Since your spine is one of the most important structures in your body, used for every task, reducing its bone density can be a serious problem. Just know that it’s never too late to quit because health risks such as this one are reversible.
Perception of Pain
If you smoke it may mean you are less able to deal with pain than someone who doesn’t smoke. Studies have found smokers to be three times more likely to suffer from back pain and the reason behind it is thought to lie with a person’s brain chemistry. Smoking impacts the way your brain perceives and responds to pain, which may explain this phenomenon. If you have back pain and you smoke, quitting can have a drastic impact on your recovery.
If you want to quit but don’t know where to start, talk to your chiropractor about it during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic. They may be able to suggest some ways in which you can kick the habit for good!