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Our spinal column supports the rest of our body, so when our body changes because of aging or injuries, we often feel that impact in our back.

Fluctuations in our weight can also cause changes in our spinal health, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight to keep our spines strong and working properly.

When our spines are healthy, they’re capable of supporting us in all of our favorite activities. Over time, our spines (and bodies) start to experience wear and tear naturally.

But our spine supports the weight of our upper bodies and enables us to move around: adding weight onto our bodies makes that job more difficult on the spine.

Complications From Weight Gain

Any extra weight that we gain can lead to significant impacts on our bodies, and can even cause our spines to deteriorate more quickly.

Patients with a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet will not only experience weight gain, but will likely have weaker bones as a result of poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Putting on additional weight can lead to pressure on the spine.

When we age, we lose bone mass over time, which can lead to conditions like osteoporosis or a herniated disc. Adding on pounds, then, can speed up the damage that aging does to our spines.

These conditions can make normal daily activities painful for patients, but addressing your symptoms now and finding a treatment plan with your doctor can help to prevent additional damage to your spine.

Preventing Weight Gain and Back Pain

We can’t stop the process of aging, but everyone can implement a few healthy practices into their routine to prevent weight gain and worsening symptoms.

Sit Up Straight

Adjustments in your posture can help you lose weight: just standing up straighter can help you burn a few more calories than if you were slouching. Practice good posture throughout your day, especially if you work at a desk or sit in a chair for long periods of time.

Get Active

Daily exercise is good for the body and mind. Even simple activities like walking and stretching can provide health benefits: start slow and steady with an activity routine so you’re able to stick with it. The goal is to avoid long periods of no movement. “Staying in one position for too long will cause back muscles to tighten up and become immobile,” Dr. Anne Coffey tells Everyday Health.

Eat Foods That Support Your Spine

Look for foods that support strong bones and stop inflammation in the body. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, healthy fats like olive oil, and leafy greens that contain iron (like spinach) will nourish your body and support spinal health.

Plan Ahead to Prevent Future Pain

If you’re experiencing back pain and want to prevent future flare ups or issues, it could be time to talk with a physician. Check out our pain assessment tool here to get an idea of what treatment might look like.

Your doctor can work with you on a treatment plan to address any weight gain and get you back to living your best life, free from back pain.

For more information on how Q Spine treats patients who are experiencing spinal issues or back pain, you can contact us here.

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