In a world where health and wellness take centre stage, the intricate relationship between pain and weight is a topic that demands our attention. The interplay between these two aspects of our well-being is complex and often underestimated. In this video lets discuss the pain-weight connection, exploring the physical and psychological ways in which they influence us.
Physical aspect of pain-weight connection -
Joint Pain and Obesity
One of the most evident connections between pain and weight is found in the strain placed on our joints due to excess weight. In conditions like osteoarthritis, where the joints wear down over time due to the ageing process, the increased stresses on the joint from excess weight aggravates this pain. This is the reason your doctor or healthcare professional might have suggested weight loss to alleviate your joint pain.
Back Pain and the Spine:
The spine is another area greatly affected by excess weight. Individuals with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) often experience increased stress on the spine, leading to chronic back pain.
Inflammation and pain:
Apart from the mechanical stress on the body, excess weight has been linked to chronic inflammation. Adipose tissue or fat cells release inflammatory substances that can contribute to pain. Thus inflammation plays a major role in increasing your pain.
Psychological Aspect of pain-weight connection -
Emotional and psychological factors play a significant role in the pain-weight connection. Stress, depression, and anxiety can lead to weight gain, creating a cyclical relationship where emotional pain contributes to physical pain and vice versa. Many individuals turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as overeating or sedentary behavior, to manage emotional pain, which in turn leads to more weight gain and thus more pain -weight cycle.
Understanding the pain-weight connection is the first step towards a healthier future. A comprehensive holistic approach that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of the pain – weight connection that incorporates elements of physical activity, nutrition, and mental health can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. The 11 days jumpstart can mitigate and even reduce some of these effects. It has been customised (with permission of its creator) to make it suitable for people with spinal (back & neck), joint and nerve pain. It includes simple yet effective exercises for spinal (back & neck), joint and nerve pain and easy tips to achieve & maintain a good posture. It is a free program and you can find the details HERE.
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