Obesity is a significant problem across the United States and many other first world countries. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than a third of U.S. adults are classed as obese (a Body Mass Index of more than 30). Not only has this number has been steadily growing over the last decade, but it is also predicted to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. There are multiple reasons for this including the availability of convenience food, the rising costs of fresh and whole foods, and the increase in the time we spend using technology.
Whether you want to shift a few extra pounds, or your weight is becoming a big problem, you may think that you have limited options to help you. We all know that diet and exercise are integral to weight loss. Nevertheless, finding the perfect balance of these in order to actually lose weight and keep it off is far from easy. Some people choose to go it alone, while others join weight loss groups to help. However, there is another avenue of support that you may not have considered – a chiropractor.
Contrary to popular belief, a chiropractor doesn’t only treat back pain. Instead, they are concerned with whole-body wellness and how this can be achieved by ensuring the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system. This is the network of bones, muscles, and connective tissues that give our body its form and the ability to move.
The spine is a key component of the musculoskeletal system, and it houses a major part of our nervous system – the spinal column. The nervous system controls every function in our body, including how we process our food. Any issues with the nervous system could affect the efficiency of our other body processes, including our digestive system. This can make it even more difficult to lose weight.
Proper alignment of the spine ensures that no unnecessary pressure is placed onto the nervous system, and this can help your digestive system to work efficiently, absorbing essential nutrients to keep you healthy, and processing out the bad ingredients that can cause you to retain weight. Chiropractic care also reduces the amount of inflammation in the body, which can be instrumental in reducing water retention.
Many chiropractors offer customized nutrition counseling to patients seeking assistance with weight loss. This is because chiropractors have had the training needed to understand the science of nutrition and can establish exactly what combination of foods and nutrients you need to lose weight, but to remain healthy and sustain your energy levels.
As you may have guessed, customized nutrition counseling is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. At your consultation, your chiropractor will talk to you about your current diet and your weight loss and health goals, in order to establish what changes need to be made in order to achieve them. Your personal plan will be based on your height, weight, medical needs, and lifestyle and will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it continues to meet your needs.
In addition to weight loss, nutritional counseling can also help with a range of other conditions, including arthritis, allergies, eczema, diabetes, insomnia, stress, high blood pressure, and more.
Chiropractic wellness programs are increasingly popular amongst employers who want to ensure that their staff is in optimal health. Irrespective of what we do for work, our jobs can place our musculoskeletal systems under considerable strain. This is especially true for those people who spend much of the day sitting in front of a computer or laptop, where poor posture or a working environment that hasn’t been adapted to the specific needs of each member of staff can cause considerable issues with our spine, joints, and muscles. Back problems are particularly common amongst workers with desk jobs. Being sat at a desk all day is also more likely to contribute towards obesity and associated health problems.
To combat this problem, many employers are incorporating chiropractic care into their corporate wellness programs. The result can mean fewer employees experiencing problems, fewer sick days, less disruption to the working schedule, and better productivity and morale.
To find out more about how a chiropractor can help with weight loss, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our knowledgeable and discreet chiropractic team in Houston, TX.