We all know that one person who thinks the answer to everything is drinking more water. While staying hydrated won’t solve every problem in your life, it could help with certain kinds of back pain. Overall, it’s recommended that you drink eight, 8-oz., glasses of water per day. However, if you regularly exercise or work a physically demanding job, you should try to drink more. Keeping your body routinely hydrated is good for your entire system, but particularly important for bone and joint health—including your lower back.
Why Hydration is Important Overall
Bones work at their best when they are properly hydrated. When we are dehydrated, our bones aren’t as full of fluid as they could be. This can lead to aches and pains throughout the body. If you’ve ever felt stiff or sore for no reason, drinking more water could possibly help.
Furthermore, drinking enough water prevents your muscles from building up too much lactic acid. This happens naturally when we exercise and it’s how we know our bodies are tired. However, without drinking enough water, this lactic acid build-up can occur much quicker and happen more often. When muscles contain too much lactic acid, they don’t stretch as easily and can put pressure on joints and bones, leading to pain.
How Drinking Water Helps Your Back
Our spines are made up of very small bones called vertebrae and discs. These bones help to give your spine its natural S shape and offer support and padding. When we experience back pain, it can make everything from walking to bending over a very painful experience. One way to potentially reduce, or at least not exacerbating, this pain is by making sure you drink plenty of water.
Just like our other bones, our spinal vertebrae depend on a certain amount of hydration to function properly, as do the discs that support padding to our vertebrae. When these bones aren’t properly hydrated, the cushioning they normally provide becomes less effective. This lack of cushioning, in turn, leads to pressure and pain.
Learn More About Back Pain at Choice Restorative
Staying hydrated is important for your overall health, and can definitely help back pain. However, back pain can come from a number of different sources. If you’re experiencing back pain, reach out to Choice Restorative. There are number of treatment options we can help you explore. Contact us today to schedule a visit.