Most people recognize the benefits of chiropractic care in treating back and neck pain. What you may not realize is the value of chiropractic for weight loss.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, two-thirds of Americans are overweight, with one-third qualifying as obese (30 pounds or more overweight) and 5 percent as extremely obese (40 pounds or more overweight). Excess weight leads to a whole host of chronic health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
At the same time, Americans spend more than $60 BILLION each year trying to lose that excess weight, in the form of diet pills and foods, gym memberships, and weight-loss programs. With this kind of investment, how are people still struggling with their weight? It turns out that most people are great at losing weight, but not so great at keeping it off.
Chiropractic care not only treats the symptoms of carrying around that excess weight, it also provides a framework for the lifestyle changes vital to achieving long-term weight loss.
Treating the Symptoms of Excess Weight
Even maintaining a healthy weight does a number on your body. Carrying anything extra causes a host of issues, which you really notice once you begin increasing your activity levels. Sore knees, sore back, and sore muscles not only make exercise painful, they may also lead to injury.
Chiropractic treatments pinpoint the cause of pain and treat it, making movement easier and safer. In addition, spinal adjustments improve flexibility, posture, and range of motion. Excess weight puts an incredible amount of pressure on the spine, leading to chronic back pain. This causes the patient to adopt a less active lifestyle, due to pain experienced during movement, thereby exacerbating the weight issues that initially caused the back pain. It’s a vicious cycle.
Since the spine connects to every part of the body, these manipulations also improve organ function throughout the body, including the thyroid and digestive system.
A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss
The key to long-term weight loss is making sustainable lifestyle changes to diet and exercise. In addition to training in spinal adjustments, chiropractors receive comprehensive training in total wellness that aids in their holistic approach to patient health.
Your chiropractor works with you to implement lifestyle changes, providing valuable advice as regards nutrition and exercise. In addition to performing spinal adjustments, he or she forms the backbone (no pun intended) of your support system in achieving your overall health goals.
With your chiropractor, you develop a nutrition plan designed to promote a healthy body. Typically, this will be a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with lean proteins and whole grains, and moderate consumption of healthy fats. A healthy diet provides the nutrients your body needs.
Your chiropractor also works with you in implementing an exercise program that is safe for your current levels of fitness. As your overall health improves, they continue working with you to increase activity levels over time, so that you continue to challenge your body without damaging or injuring it.
These changes are the key to sustainable weight loss, defined as losing 10 percent of your body weight and maintaining your goal weight for five or more years. Success stories in numerous studies have one thing in common: implementing lifestyle changes. These include a low-fat diet, regular exercise (30 minutes per day, five days per week), and self-weighing.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Spinal manipulation benefits your body in a variety of ways, each combining to help patients reach and maintain a healthy weight.
First, adjustments often lead to improved function of the digestive system. This helps your body gain the most nutritious benefit from your diet. Adjustments also improve pinched nerves that lead to a variety of issues, including back and neck pain and sciatica. This improves your ability to exercise and lead a generally more active life.
Finally, working with your chiropractor to design a sustainable diet and exercise program ensures you lose weight in a healthy manner, with a greater ability to maintain your new, healthy weight.
If you’re ready to get started working toward your new, healthier body, contact Bluestone Chiropractic Group today.