Experts agree that losing weight successfully may result in partial or complete back pain relief.
Every extra pound of weight adds strain to the muscles and ligaments of the back. To compensate for extra weight, the spine tends to become tilted and stressed unevenly. Excess stomach weight typically pulls the pelvis forward, leading to aggravated lower back pain.
Medical research shows a clear link between excessive weight and back pain. A large meta-study of this research shows that up to 43% more likely to develop chronic low back pain.
Individuals who are overweight and have back pain tend to exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue during short periods of exercise
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain in the leg or knee that is more severe than pain in the back
Losing weight and getting to an ideal weight for your individual frame is a proven solution for relieving back pain and also clearly improves overall quality of life.
Further detailed research on acupuncture shows that by balancing the nervous system, acupuncture also balances hormones that effect hunger. Acupuncture can be used to level imbalanced hormones that may have otherwise caused an insatiable appetite.
When paired with lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet, a 2018 review of studies concluded that acupuncture is effective for weight loss.
At Modern Acupuncture, our Licensed Acupuncturists work with each patient directly to understand the best ways to naturally support the root cause of their condition. In order to relieve back pain, lose weight and promote wellbeing, your Licensed Acupuncturist will devise a personalized treatment plan to get the most effective results.
Modern Acupuncture® is a natural pain relief solution and the leading provider of Acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that Acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body.