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Obesity contributes to many health problems, and back pain is a common complaint for those who are overweight. Back pain can occur in any area of the back, from the neck and shoulders to the lower back. The lower back is the focal point of most research.
More than 80% of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Total costs for this condition are expected to exceed 100 billion dollars annually with two-thirds of that number attributed to decreased wages and lost productivity . Researchers believe that rising obesity rates as well as an increase in construction and service industry jobs are logical factors regarding the prevalence of back pain. The Connection Between Obesity and Back Pain Obesity contributes to symptoms associated with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. The spine is designed to carry the weight of the body and distribute loads both while at rest and while active. The spine must ...
One of the most important things you can do for your lower back is keep your core strong and integrated with your spine. I'll explain. Have you ever seen a large sailboat? Picture the mast on the boat. What is attached to it? Riggings. Lots and lots of riggings. If those riggings are not there, the mast on the boat falls over. The mast can't support its own weight without all those lines attached to it. Your spine is similar. The human spine, on its own, without anything attached to it, can support about 35 pounds of weight. No matter how thin you are or are not, you weigh more than 35 pounds. So your spine relies on all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments attaching to it in order to support it. Without these attachments, your spine would break!
When the muscles attaching to the spine are tight, weak, or improperly balanced, the spine experiences torques in suboptimal ways and increased pressures are placed on the int...
The repetition of our lives causes certain muscle groups to become short, tight, and stiff. With the development of these muscle imbalances around joints, the joints can become painful and misaligned. A few key stretches from head to toe can help you feel better.
1. Neck Extensors : The back of the neck gets so tight and sore. By simply resting the back of your head on a pillow and drawing your chin towards your chest (without lifting your head off the pillow), these muscles can learn to relax.
2. The Pectoralis Muscles : These muscles that lie underneath the breasts become shortened to the point that they will draw the shoulders forward. This forward shoulder position effects both the shoulders and the neck in a bad way. Stretching the pectoralis muscles is simple: just squeeze the shoulder blades together, thereby pulling the shoulders back and the chest out. Ahhh!
3. Hip Flexor (Psoas) : Because we sit most of the day, this major hip muscle needs frequent stretching; otherwise, it c...
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