Whether you have flat abs or a beer belly, you can experience pain
due to excess abdominal gas and excess fecal matter in your intestines.
It has been said that if you have only one bowel movement a day,|
you have up to eight meals left in your intestines. Gas can develop in |
a matter of hours after eating and stay around for a long time so listen up.
How does this relate to back pain? Allow me to explain... Abdominal
gas can be devastating to the back-pain sufferer, especially one who is
trying to take a more natural approach and is using stretching and
exercise to get relief. Here's why: The position of your pelvis and the
curvature of your spine are the two biggest factors that affect any condition
that causes back pain. Even if the treatment you are using is a good one,
your results will be hindered by a distended belly.
Big Belly Gas Pains
What's so bad about a little gas? Answer: If your belly gets distended -
much like a pregnant women -your abdominals are going to get stretched
out, which means they are not going to be able to stabilize your pelvis as
There is no amount of abdominal strengthening you could do to overcome
the outward push of that abdominal gas. If your belly is distended, you will
never achieve the neutral position for the pelvis that you need to get relief.
Flat Abs Gas Pains
I know what some of you are going to say: "But what if I have flat abs and
back pain?" Even if you have rock-hard abs, the gas - instead of pushing
your belly outward - could be pushing your intestines back into your spine
and the muscle of your spine. That irritation of your intestines could be just
as bad as, if not worse than, the outward forces. In either case, you will be
amazed at how fast you'll get relief if you work on getting that gas out of your
5 Things You'd Rather Not Know
If having too much gas was not bad enough, there are at least five other
irritating conditions that can affect your back pain due to improper bowel
1. Most people are chronically dehydrated, which usually leads to constipation.
Other reasons you might be constipated include the medications you are taking
and the foods you eat. With constipation, you go through your day with excess
pressure on your bowels. And whenever your colon is full of waste matter, it
will be stiff and rigid. Because your colon is so close to your spine and the muscle
of your spine, mobility becomes an issue, not to mention more pain.
2. Constipation creates strain. If your fecal matter is dry, hard, and difficult to
eliminate, you will have to work harder to get rid of it. This can be murder on
your body - your blood pressure spikes, your rectum is traumatized, and the
pressure on your spine is tremendous.
3. Food allergies cause inflammation. Whether we know it or not, many of us
have food allergies (nuts, wheat, milk, beans, etc.). With any allergies, you will
have an inflammatory reaction, and the inflammation that emanates from your
intestinal track is so close to your spine that the inflammation is going to affect
the muscle of your spine.
4. Poor nutrient absorption can add pounds. A digestive track that is not
absorbing nutrients properly will not allow your body to get the nutrients it needs
to repair itself. This can bring on a chronic cycle of eating to try to satisfy your
nutritional needs, which likely will lead to weight gain.
5. Stress on internal organs weakens tissue. The weight of the excess stool will
put stress on your internal organs - your stomach, small intestines, and large
intestines, all of which are held in place by very delicate fibrous connective
tissue. As that connective tissue is weighed down over time, it will start to fail
than sag and than your trouble are going to be compounded.
Poop Away Pain
Most people would do almost anything to get rid of their back pain, and get
lasting relief for gas or constipation. Sure, you can eat a ton of bran and drink
gallons of water, but that will take days to get relief. Laxatives and enema's
are a short term solution if bigger digestive health issues exist, and their results
are rather....explosive. Colonics work great, but they are rather invasive and pricey.
Liquids and Exercise seems to be the easiest and cheapest alternatives.