Belly Fat

Sometimes the cause of a back problem is not your back but your front.Your abdominal muscles are actually the front of your back. Therefore, your ‘spare tire’ may be the cause of your aching back.

The spine is the central support for the entire skeletal system. Designed for strength to support your body  and flexibility to allow movement. You are healthy when your spine is S-shaped with three natural curves. When these curves are in balance, your body weight is evenly distributed.

To maintain this alignment, you need to have strong and flexible muscles in your back, legs and abdomen. The abdominal muscles are especially important in supporting the spine.A potbelly changes the curvature of your back. The stomach pulls the backbone forward, stressing muscles and ligaments and putting pressure on discs.

For example, if you have 10 extra pounds on your abdomen, you are putting an additional 100-pound strain on your back.This additional strain occurs because the lower part of your spine is not receiving adequate support from your weakened abdominal muscles.Your back muscles try to maintain the proper spinal balance but often end up strained or sprained.

The good news is that you can do something about back pain and it doesn’t have to involve medication or surgery. If you have excess abdominal fat, following a proper diet and exercise program can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your muscles

How physical therapy can help:

  • Individualized physical therapy evaluation
  • One-on-one therapy sessions
  • Modalities for decreasing pain
  • Instructions on treatment methods you can practice at home
  • Tips for preventing future problems

Most sessions occur anywhere from one to three times a week, lasting for about an hour. The total length of physical therapy depends on the extent of the pain.  One-on-one physical therapy is provided in an outpatient setting. Instruction is provided on coping strategies and lifestyle modifications. Posture training and body mechanics are practiced for everyday situations. Physical therapy can help empower participants to be in control and stay in control of their back
health.

 TIPS TO REDUCE BELLY FAT:

  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Consume more fibre
  • Increase water intake
  • Exercise often
  • Healthy diet:  increase fruits and vegetables intake and avoid candy,soft drinks and fast foods.

Written By:
Philis Wangui
Physiotherapist,
Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Health Centre

How Belly Fat May Be Causing Your Back Pain.

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