Low back pain in Charlotte
Low back pain is one of the most common place types of pain in American adults. One of the most common health tips is to drink plenty of water. Our bodies are comprised of as much as 60% water. When we are not properly hydrated; the side effects can include dizziness, headaches, and fainting. However, are you aware that back pain can be caused by dehydration?
Low back pain and dehydration
What links dehydration and back pain? Your spinal discs. Discs are a vitally important component of your spine. The spinal discs are nearly 75% water, and ss part of a natural process throughout the day, water they slowly release fluid. This is why at the end of the day; some people are up to a half an inch shorter than when they woke up in the morning. Our body works hard to keep your spinal discs hydrated during the day, it’s extremely difficult when the body is in an upright position. To help your discs stay hydrated, be sure to drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. If the discs of your spine aren’t properly hydrated, they cannot protect your spine as they were designed to do. They are in place to absorb the shock of everyday movements. If they are dehydrated, this will result in more stress being placed on the spine; causing swelling, pain, and eventually bulging discs.
Below are 10 signs to that indicate you are dehydrated:
- Bad Breath
- Dry Skin
- Dark Urine
- Muscle Cramps
- Blurry Vision/Dry Eyes
It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Make it your daily goal to consume 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should consume no less than 90 ounces of water per day. Your health, and the health of your spine, depends on proper hydration.
Tips for proper hydration
- When you have been sweating or suffered loss of fluids; consume electrolytes in addition to water
- Download an app or set your calendar on your phone to track the amount of water you drink
- Don’t care for the taste of water? Add flavoring like fresh mint, lemon juice, or pre-packaged flavoring
- Add fresh raw fruits and vegetables to your diet
- Monitor the color of your urine
- Purchase a reusable water bottle that tracks the ounces you drink
- Set a timer to ensure you continuously drink throughout the day
Chiropractic care you can count on
If you are suffering from pain and you are looking for a natural, non-invasive of treatment, chiropractic clinics also offer supplemental therapies such as the application of heat or cold, electrical stimulation, diet, counseling, or rehabilitative exercise. ChiroCarolina®, one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers, known all over the South east for providing top chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- ChiroCarolina is located conveniently off North Tryon Street.