Obesity And The Connection to Back Pain

Sports & Remedial Massage - Myaree

Most people know that obesity contributes to the development of coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. However, did you know that obesity is a contributing factor to back pain?

It is true.

Being overweight or obese can significantly contribute to symptoms associated with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), degenerative disc disease (DDD), spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.

The spine is designed to carry the body’s weight and distribute the loads encountered during rest and activity. When excess weight is carried, the spine is forced to assimilate the burden, which may lead to structural compromise and damage (e.g. injury, sciatica).

One region of the spine that is most vulnerable to the effects of obesity is the low back; the lumbar spine. Lack of exercise and bodily conditioning leads to poor flexibility and weak muscles in the back, pelvis, and thighs. This can increase the curve of the lower back causing the pelvis to tilt too far forward. Further, this is detrimental to proper posture and as posture weakens, other regions of the spine (neck) may become painful.

You may try to dismiss the cause of some of these spinal disorders to the process of normal aging. It is true that with age body tissues can cause changes to spinal anatomy. However, if you are overweight or obese, chances are you have, or will have, back pain.

That is why here at Adaptive Massage & Allied Health we treat the source of the problem and not just the symptoms. We offer massage & exercise therapy memberships to not only help relieve the pain, but also to address some of the major issues associated with back pain.

By integrating exercise therapy with remedial massage, you get the best of both worlds and real long-term solution to back pain. You will strengthen weakened muscle, improve flexibility and mobility and most of all, you will lose weight.

We are the only place in the Myaree, Melville & Booragoon area doing this, and we are getting some really amazing results with our clients.

If you want to once and for all, get rid of your back pain, come in for a free consult to discuss our integrated memberships options.