This Is Why There's A Modern Epidemic Of Back Pain

Why do so many people in modern society have back pain? Is it just an unfortunate byproduct of rapid evolution?
Or does the modern world have something to do with it? 

According to the data, around 80 percent of people will experience trouble with their backs at some
point in their lives. But that's just in western countries, like the US. In other parts of the world, the
problem of back pain is virtually non-existent. What the heck is going on? 

Researchers investigating communities in far-flung areas of the globe have found that their lifestyles
are protective. They seem to hold themselves differently from westerners. And they have strong core
muscles which seem to keep their spine in shape. 

So what are the causes? Why do so many people visit the chiropractor each year for therapy? Let's
take a look. 

Poor Diet

The type of diet you eat has a massive effect on the state of your back. The reason for this has to do
with the nature of the discs themselves. 

It turns out that the cartilage-rich tissue that sits between vertebrae is further from blood vessels than
any other in the body. In healthy people, capillaries form a lattice over the surface of the discs. Nutrients
then seep into the tissue over time, keeping it supplied and healthy. 

Individuals eating a poor diet, however, often quickly run into trouble. Saturated fat and cholesterol
damage small blood vessels, preventing them from delivering supplies to the discs. Soon after, they
begin to harden, which is so often what leads to pain. 

Clearing up your diet, therefore, can help reverse this process. Focusing on fruits and vegetables
reduces inflammation and facilitates the de-aging of blood vessels. These then restore nutrient
supplies to the affected tissue, helping to alleviate discomfort. 

Poor Posture

Most people living in western countries only get a fraction of their ancestors' physical activity once
enjoyed. Furthermore, they spend their days in the sitting position, which puts their backs at a
mechanical disadvantage. 

Poor posture doesn't usually develop quickly. Instead, it occurs slowly over time, depending on the
way people preferentially use their muscles. If you lose strength in your ab's, for instance, that can
affect the way you stand. Always bending over a computer screen can make a difference, too,
causing the shoulders to hunch the neck to tilt forward. 

Dealing with poor posture usually requires muscle rehabilitation. Often you can make significant
improvements in the way you appear by training antagonistic muscles

Poor Form

Finally, a lot of people develop back pain because they use poor form while exercising. For instance,
lower back pain is common among people who spend a lot of time in the gym lifting weights. Heavy
dead-lifts put a tremendous amount of pressure on the lower back leading to problems such as crushed
discs and even damaged vertebrae.

The lower back should be straight if you do decide to lift large weights in the gym. You should consult
with trainers if you take part in any contact sports. 


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