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Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Cause Chronic Back Pain

Is Your Back Pain Caused By Dehydration?

 

 

 

28-06-2013 23-28-03

 

 

Drink Water to help back painIt has been estimated that over 80% of us suffer from some kind of back pain during our lifetime. It is secondary only to stress (which can be a contributory factor in back pain) as the biggest cause of absenteeism in the west. More working days are lost through stress and back pain than any other ailment.

 

 

 

Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Cause Chronic Back PainBack pain can be caused by many things from bad posture, to actual physical damage but the biggest culprit is lack of water or “dehydration.” This will compromise us in many ways but it’s affect on the spine can be extreme.

 

 

 

 

Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Cause Chronic Back Pain

The spine is made up of several small bones or “vertebrae”. Between which lie disks These help the spine absorb pressure and enable it to act like a sophisticated bendy straw. Each disk is made up of two parts. First the tough, flexible, outer shell which surrounds and encases the second part, a gelatinous liquid. The outer shell is designed to take approximately 25% of the body’s weight, where the fluid inside takes roughly 75%. When the body becomes dehydrated, the disk is unable to sustain this weight and it can become damaged, misplaced or even prolapsed,causing chronic back pain.

 

 

Is You back pain caused by dehydration?

 To combat these effects it is advised to drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty though, as this means you are already beginning to show signs of dehydration. Always drink twice as much as it takes to quench your thirst. Avoid drinks such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol as these act as a diuretic and can exacerbate the problem of chronic back pain and sciatica

 

 

 

28-06-2013 23-24-15 Our modern day trend for sedentary work with in dry, warm offices can also be a contributory factor to back pain. Many of us are guilty of drinking endless cups of tea and coffee, lunchtime drinks ALCOHOL) in the pub and worse still, energy drinks which are all temporary hydration fixes (we think) however are actually all diuretics- meaning they will dehydrate you. Regular stretching of your back and muscles throughout the day is recommended. Gentle to moderate exercise is also advised but it is important to drink plenty of water throughout to avoid back spasm and pain.

 

28-06-2013 23-28-03At night, whilst resting, the discs rehydrate (as long as enough water has been consumed). Thus, a person can be up to 1.5c.m. taller in the morning, than before going to bed the previous evening. Look at the image of the peach on the left and imagine your spine, if dehydrated will resemble the dried out peaches on top of the juicy peach as it should look!

 

 

 

Drink water to help with back pain

 So, how much should we be drinking? Well, as we are all different heights and weights, a simple way of calculating this is to drink one small glass of water for every 10kg you weigh. For example, if you weigh 110 kgs you should drink 11 small glasses of water (roughly 2 to 2.5 litres  a day.) If you have a job or activity that a lot of energy, you will need to replace + drink your hourly quota of water!

 

 

In conclusion, its quite a simple , drinking regular recommended amounts of fresh water every day could keep you from suffering from unnecessary bouts of back pain. So go on, become a water baby, look after your spine and have a pain free, well cushioned back!

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses so far.

  1. billy says:

    THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE AND HAS REALLY GOT ME QUESTIONING THE AMOUNT OF WATER I DRINK IN RELATION TO THE BACK PAIN I HAVE . THANKS FOR THIS

  2. Alex says:

    After reading this, I have to say how true it is and also how most people dont realise the impotance of drinking enough water . Thanks for the post Alex London

  3. ali sparkes says:

    Hi
    very interested in this as a back pain sufferer and health professional.
    do you have any further details on original research/ references- would like to read more!

    thanks for sharing

    • admin says:

      Hello Ali,
      Thanks for your comment and interactions…
      There is lots of official research on this subject. Our research was based on our own collated data along with a very informative book by Dr F.Batmanghelidj “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”. Publisher Website

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