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Smoking doesn't just put you at risk of lung cancer… It causes back pain too!

by , 04 December 2013

There are over 40,000 toxins in every cigarette you smoke. So it's no wonder that smoking has been linked to a variety of health problems including respiratory issues, low birth weight in children and cancer. But did you know that smoking could be responsible for your back pain too?

Back pain is the second most common reason for medical visits around the world.
 
So it’s no surprise that people often seek out chiropractic care because of it.
 
But here’s the thing, says Elite Chiropractic on their blog, “back pain is a secondary condition that always has an underlying cause. The primary cause is often a structural abnormality.”
 
And the reason for it could be aggravated and, in some cases, caused by your smoking habit.
 
Back pain and smoking – what’s the link?
 
It all comes down to a herniated disk.
 
According to the Mayo Clinic: “A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.”
 
This, in turn, irritates the nearby nerves and results in pain, numbness or weakness in your back.
 
But how is smoking to blame?
 
Simply because the nicotine and other toxins in your cigarette “keep spinal discs from absorbing all the nutrients they need from the blood, making disc injury more likely,” says webMD. They also increase your sensitivity to pain.
 
And that’s not the only reason.
 
As quit.org explains, smoking also causes back pain because of:
  • The jarring from increased coughing it causes;
  • Diminished bone mineral content;
  • It upsets your body’s repair processes, leading to inflammation and back pain.
 
So there you have it. If you suffer from back pain, it’s time to put the cigarettes down and stop smoking. In fact, even if you don’t, quitting could be the best thing you ever do for your health. And this natural trick can help.

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