Chiropractic care is about much more than finding relief from pain. It is about making sure that your body is functioning as well as possible.
It comes as a surprise to many people, however, that when they see their chiropractor about a musculoskeletal issue, the conversation often turns to nutrition. That’s because most people are unaware of the role proper nutrition plays in musculoskeletal health. In fact, nutrition and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand.
Nutrition becomes even more important when you are seeking chiropractic treatment for a specific issue. There are certain foods which can help the body perform better. Likewise, poor food choices can negatively impact the strides you make through chiropractic care.
If you are suffering from a spinal injury, for example, increased calorie intake coupled with low activity levels can lead to weight gain. This extra weight puts additional strain on the spine, slowing the recovery process. If you are suffering from a muscle injury, it is important to increase your protein intake since protein plays a significant role in repairing muscles. Finally, weakness in your bones can cause painful misalignments. Calcium helps to strengthen your bones.
If you are not eating well, your nerves are less able to share information with other parts of the body. Further, improper nutrition can affect the body’s ability to repair muscle and reduce muscle density, organ functioning and fluid levels in your cells. A poor diet also causes inflammation, leading to joint pain.
Remember, the nutrients contained in food are the body’s building blocks. In fact, the health of the spine and surrounding muscles rely on what nutrients a person is, and isn’t, consuming. Therefore, your diet plays a significant role in your body’s capacity for healing. Several studies have shown that many types of back pain and degeneration are linked to a lack of nutrients meaning that what you eat can play a significant role in injury prevention
Chiropractic care coupled with good nutrition is the best formula for positive health outcomes. It can be difficult, however, to know just what foods you should be eating. Seeing a chiropractor for a nutritional assessment is a good way to make sure you are eating the right types—and amount—of the food necessary to keep your body strong and healthy.
Many people talk with their chiropractors about nutritional issues when they are seeing them about another issue such as back pain but making an appointment to see your chiropractor for a nutritional assessment is a good idea. Especially if you find yourself suffering from any of the following issues:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Depression, irritability or moodiness
- Fluctuating blood sugar
- Inability to concentrate
- Weight gain