Chiropractic care may be one of the missing links in your journey with weight management if you struggle with chronic pain. It’s hard to lose weight and stay active if regular activity hurts so much. Chiropractic care, done under the close watch of a health professional, can help your body get (and stay) in alignment while promoting total-body healing.
What is Chiropractic Care All about?
Chiropractic care is a wellness practice for all ages and sizes. Chiropractors provide hands-on, drug-free and non-surgical treatments to promote:
- Active lifestyles
While they’re best known for relieving back pain, chiropractors make life a little easier in all sorts of ways. They can help you improve your posture, increase motion and flexibility, and decrease pain in your spine as well as joints in your arms and legs. Many people find chiropractic care especially helpful for treating chronic headaches and stiffness from working sedentary jobs.
Looking at the Science
Chiropractic care is all about the connection between your brain and body. Your brain is your body’s command center, sending nerves traveling throughout it. These nerves send information back to your brain about positions, sensations and pain. Your spine protects this highway of information. However, any interruption to the signals between your nerves and brain can cause a “traffic jam” with a series of side effects.
Chiropractors are trained to see how nerves are controlling muscles and what impact they have on the mobility of bones and joints. They perform adjustments to restore the function of nerves by moving the bones of the spine into proper alignment. This removes any interference and clears the path for the body to heal itself.
An adjustment is the application of a specific, controlled force adjacent to joints that have become restricted, feel stiff, or have “gotten stuck.” The process helps relieve pain, increase mobility and restore movement.
Effects on Weight Management
Excess weight puts pressure on the hips, knees, ankles and lower back, making it especially hard to stay active if even the simplest movements cause pain.
Regular visits with a chiropractor can help you relieve all sorts of pain, making it easier to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. If you work at a desk all day, this can be especially helpful for increasing mobility in your back and relieving chronic stiffness. You’ll find that it’s easier to stretch and move around, and the release of added pressure can be motivating.
For additional information about the benefits of chiropractic care for weight management, Click Here for an article from the Obesity Action Coalition. This article also has information about what to expect at a chiropractic appointment and what to look for in a chiropractor.