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Smoking can cause back pain and joint problems

People who smoke are more likely to develop back pain than those who don't smoke. Although smoking is not the root cause of sore back, it is a significant risk factor associated with back pain and problems with bones.

Smoking and especially nicotine is a powerful constrictor that limits blood flow everywhere in the body from the brain down to the toes. It deprives the body from delivering vital nutrients and removing waste products everywhere include the discs of the lower back. With inadequate nutrition the tissues of the lower back gets damaged, which finally results in back aches. Smoking clogs up the arteries that impair the supple of blood and oxygen to the lower spine. This deteriorates the spinal disks.

Nicotine from cigarettes affects the way the brain sends its pain signals. Smoking which slows down the healing process, prolongs pain for people with back injuries, broken bones, or who have undergone back surgery.

Poor circulation and decreased oxygen produces several effects, including trigger point formation and soft tissue degeneration which cause muscle tightness and accelerated degenerative changes in the joints.

Under normal conditions bones are a constant state of change where one set of cells extract minerals and other nutrients from the blood to form new bone and another set of cells and break down old bone. This continuous recycling of bone allows for strong, resilient bones throughout life. Nicotine is believed to kill the cells that produce new bone and old bone does not get broken down. In the long-run this could lead to dense and brittle bones.

You can often tell that someone smokes by looking at their skin or teeth. A smoker's skin is more likely to be deeply wrinkled and may have a tint of yellow or gray color.

If you're a smoker, you have the choice to stop. It may be hard and you may have to try several times to actually stop, but you can do it. Please send us an email at info@livelifewell.co for more information and steps on how to stop smoking.

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