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Lack of Water May Worsen Back Pain

Increase your daily water intake and soon you may forget about those episodes of back pain.

A professor of orthopedics shares his observations on the relationship between daily water intake and back pain occurrence. He supports his thought with personal medical experience and finds answers in the works of other researchers.

Some time ago, when the weather was particularly hot, I made an interesting observation about patients who suffered from back pain. Namely, their condition worsened if they drank insufficient amounts of water.

When examining the patients, I noticed that some of them experienced more discomfort during the palpation. After the first treatment session, they had more pain in the body than usual. Typically, people experience some muscle pain after the first therapeutic manipulation. First chiropractic treatment affects the posture and consequently the length of some associated muscles, which causes soreness and unpleasant feelings.

Nevertheless, in this particularly hot weather, patients complained about pain not only after the first treatment, but also after subsequent sessions. This was unusual and quickly caught my attention. Generally, people with back pain show fast improvements after the treatment has started.

Eventually, I decided to study some information about the daily water intake recommendations.

Soon I discovered that there is a lack of data on daily hydration needs of average adults. There are many articles considering athletes, military personnel, and elderly hospital patients. In these cases, the recommendations on daily water intake are given in detail. However, little research is dedicated to ordinary adults and their water intake needs. Some medical websites suggest a daily norm of 1.5 to 2 liters of water, but without a reference to some relevant scientific research. I paid particular attention to a 40-page monograph, entirely devoted to water intake and its impact on human health. The publication also gives special recommendations for children, physically active people and the elderly.

In medical practice, it is not enough to take only the immediate cause of back pain into account. Medical history and diseases related to the problem are particularly important to familiarize with. General health and lifestyle habits of a patient also need to be considered in order to find an optimal solution.

It is obvious that people with unhealthy lifestyle and unhealthy habits, such as smoking and alcohol abuse, are more likely to suffer from back pain. Individuals lacking physical activity are more at risk than physically active people are. It appears that insufficient water intake and stressful living conditions also make people more prone to back pain. Therefore, after the initial examination, I try to make a treatment plan that will take into account these important recovery criteria. I suggest my patients to monitor how much water they drink and always stay hydrated, especially during long outdoor activities.

Recommendations for Patients with Back Pain

For patients who work in the office or lead a sedentary lifestyle, I suggest a simple formula to calculate the proper amount of water for daily intake. Just divide your weight in half and drink as many ounces of water every day. For a person who weighs 170 pounds, I recommend to consume 85 ounces of water. About 20% of this amount can be gained from food if the diet contains enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

It should be noted that some factors can increase our body’s need for water. People who engage in physical activity, spend much time under the sun or in places with high air temperature, may need to drink more water than usual. Back pain often occurs because of outdoor activities such as farming or gardening. It is a fact that many people working outdoors ignore the increased need for water, so they become even more prone to problems of such sort.

Moreover, the feeling of thirst does not always indicate how our body cries for water, since the thirst mechanism is negatively affected by constant dehydration and unhealthy eating habits. When the cells do not have enough water to function properly, they can cause pain in our body.

Drink plenty of water, especially before and after intense physical activity, and perhaps you can avoid episodes of back pain that can waste both your time and money.