Physical inactivity is associated with narrower lumbar intervertebral discs, high fat content of paraspinal muscles and low back pain and disability

Dr. LloydSan Francisco Bay Area

Reading Time: 1 minute

This study brings us further proof that in order to have a healthy spine, you must be active. Engaging in regular activity helps you keep you spine mobile and it keeps your muscles strong. Strong muscles support your spine better.

There have been other studies that show that people who suffer from chronic back pain have smaller muscles. These small muscles are also infiltrated with fat cells. You can see this effect on MRI.

Although physical inactivity has been associated with numerous chronic musculoskeletal complaints, few studies have examined its associations with spinal structures. Moreover, previously reported associations between physical activity and low back pain are conflicting. This study examined the associations between physical inactivity and intervertebral disc height, paraspinal fat content and low back pain and disability.

Source: Physical inactivity is associated with narrower lumbar intervertebral discs, high fat content of paraspinal muscles and low back pain and disability

Dr. Lloyd

I'm a chiropractor who specializes in correcting and relieving back and neck disorders. I have found that when you increase the mobility of your spine and joints with chiropractic care and follow up with this with improving muscle coordination with targeted exercises,then improving your function will also improve your pain.