Though chiropractors have a reputation for being specialists, the chiropractic field is still a branch of healthcare and, more specifically, physical and naturopathic medicine. Part of providing holistic care to chiropractic patients is treating the whole body, which means that there is a closer link between chiropractic care and weight loss than you may think.
All chiropractors have received years of medical training, including diet, nutrition and whole-body wellness treatments and methodology.
On top of direct knowledge pertaining to diet and weight management, chiropractic care itself can allow patients the flexibility and strength to take control of their weight loss.
Lack of Exercise Due to Pain
It can be difficult enough to manage a busy schedule and find enough time to fit in substantial workouts into your week. When you add in barriers such as pain or limited mobility due to sciatica or misalignment, it can be challenging to gear yourself up to perform the necessary exercise to manage your weight.
Chiropractic care works to address causes, rather than masking symptoms, to provide sustained health benefits. If chronic back pain or a knee injury is keeping you out of the gym, work with a chiropractor to reclaim your physical wellness.
Building Comfort and Confidence
When you are unable to manage your weight or sustain a regular exercise routine, you may not get the regular endorphin release that comes with a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Shoulder, ankle and other injuries can impact the way that you run, jump and lift. Even if you try to pick up where you left off with your workout routine, you’ll likely find that your post injury self isn’t able to run as many miles, lift as much weight or sustain a full workout.
Rather than feeling powerless to your injuries, get proactive with your recovery by working with a chiropractor, masseuse and physical therapist that can help create proper alignment, flexibility and strength in your muscles, tendons and joints.
Joint Pain and Weight
Joint damage and pain are often directly related to weight. Knees, for example, withstand a pressure of 4x your body weight. A 150-pound person will place 600 pounds of pressure on their knees. For example, a knee joint which is designed to fit a certain body weight will experience 200 extra pounds of pressure if the person is 50 pounds overweight. This pressure increases when a person exercises.
Unfortunately, this creates a spiral where someone that is overweight is more likely to injure a joint performing the exercise that is needed to lose weight. Once an injury is sustained, it can make exercise even more difficult, if not impossible.
This is where a chiropractor’s knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle best practices AND joint health expertise can combine to provide a comprehensive treatment approach for those that are overweight and suffering from joint pain.
Diet and Lifestyle Counseling
Chiropractors are in the business of physical medicine and whole-body health and wellness. Often working closely with athletes, chiropractors understand how to create healthy and fit bodies.
Weight is often a factor in what creates many of the back, neck and other joint conditions that chiropractors treat every day. To combat continued occurrences of these conditions, chiropractors work to treat the whole body of their patients by providing diet recommendations as well as exercises that can be comfortably executed regardless of the patient’s condition.
Speak with the experts at Peralta Chiropractic during an initial consultation to identify lifestyle factors that could be improved to make your weight loss efforts more impactful.