Back pain is a common pain condition among Canadian adults and has many and varied causes. There are things you can do to help prevent your chances of developing a painful low back condition.
It’s well–known how important it is to have good core strength, be active, and see a chiropractor to maintain optimal back health.
Another easily overlooked contributor to a strong healthy back is Proper Nutrition. What you eat has a direct impact on your health; this is obvious.
For example, it’s so important to stay at a healthy weight. Carrying excess weight can put stress on your spine and lead to painful conditions such as back strains, sprains, sciatica, and even herniated or bulging discs. The spine is designed to withstand torsion and pressure, but within a range. So the first rule of Proper Nutrition is to maintain proper weight; eat healthy meals and stay active.
Another area of nutrition that it’s important to be mindful of: Certain nutrients and minerals can contribute to support healthy bone density as well as healthy connective tissue throughout the body. This includes the holding elements of the spine: muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even cartilage and discs. The spine is made up of 24 moveable bones, and intervetebral discs that are considered soft connective tissue. So what you eat definitely can impact, positively or negatively, on the support of the health of the spine.
Bones: Bones are a rigid, dense kind of connective tissue. They are storehouses for calcium and phosphorous. A condition called Osteoporosis (thinning, brittle bones) can lead to compression fractures and serious low back pain.
Your daily diet should include appropriate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D.
These nutrients are found in dairy products, dark leafy greens, nuts, salmon, tofu and eggs.
Connective tissue: Connective tissue is pliable biological tissue that supports, connects or separates different types of tissues and organs of the body. It is made of three main components: cells, fibers, and extracellular matrices. We know them commonly as cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Spinal discs are a type of fibrocartilage, acting as a joint in between vertebrae and acting as a ligament to keep vertebrae in place.
Degeneration of the discs (thinning, drying) can lead to development of various low back and neck pain conditions like osteoarthritis, herniated disc and spinal stenosis.
Certain nutrients can support soft tissue health as well as natural repair of connective tissue in the body. These nutrients are Glucosamine sulfate, Antioxidants, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Sulphur, natural Anti-inflammatories, and Soy products.
These are found in foods such as shellfish, dark green vegetables, red fruits and vegetables, soy products, black olives, red onions and apples, flaxseeds, chia seeds, beans, cold-water oily fishes, winter squash, olive oil, fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains.
Back Clinics of Canada
Back Clinics of Canada offers patients a nutritional supplementation support system that delivers supportive nutrients,. Disc Renewal PlusTM is an essential part of the clinic’s High Performance Healing SystemTM.
If you have been suffering with low back pain or neck pain for a few weeks or longer, contact a back pain specialist. Have an exam and learn about the cause of your back pain problem. There are non-invasive, drug-free treatment options that can help to heal many back pain and neck pain conditions.
Yours in Health
Dr. Ron Nusbaum