If you've got a flat tire, what do you do?   

Fix the puncture / change the tire 

Or  

Kick everyone out of the car and lighten the load.  

 What would you do if your car tire was punctured?

What would you do if your car tire was punctured?

 Knee pain is common in runners, cyclists, agility sports and people who don't exercise.

Knee pain is common in runners, cyclists, agility sports and people who don't exercise.

Guess what, it's exactly the same for the body. If you've got a #badback or #kneepain, reducing the load (your weight) isn't going to fix the knee or spinal injury. Yes, there will be less pressure on the injured area but it's not an alternative to treatment. It's complimentary and can/should be done in conjunction with #chiropractic or #physiotherapy care and #rehabilitation.  

I recently discharged a client who's #backpain has recovered. He can't remember feeling this good since his secondary school days. The first time I met him, he kept telling me he knows he's overweight and he had not exercised for at least 20 years. He also kept telling me he's getting old and he knows back pain and spinal degeneration is part and parcel of the aging process. 

But guess what? 20 weeks after I met him, he's feeling way better. He can sleep well and without pain, stand, walk and bend without being overly careful and he wakes in the morning feeling fresh. He's 20 weeks older, weighs the same, and his back pain is relieved. 

This is the difference between patching the symptoms and finding and treating the root cause.  

 Cure back pain by find and addressing the problem. 

Cure back pain by find and addressing the problem. 

He's going to start on a wellness program where we'll definitely encourage and facilitate healthy lifestyle changes, including posture, stretching, strengthening exercises, diet (and weight loss, hopefully!) to keep him well and happy. 

 

So to recap: I'm not saying weight loss is not useful for back pain or knee injuries. It does reduce the stress and strain on the joints. However losing weight is not going to fix your back and solve the knee problem. 

It's a "quick fix" not a "real fix". (not that losing weight happens that quick!)  

 

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