“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
— Thomas Edison, 1847 – 1931
Chiropractic care is based on the theory that your body has natural recuperative powers and is able to achieve and maintain a state of wellness provided that it has a healthy functioning neuromuscular system and that you’re in good, overall health. Healthcare should focus on the whole person, not just his or her spine. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that over 70% of chiropractors incorporate nutritional advice into the treatment plans for their patients.
Providing patients with sound nutritional advice goes hand in hand with a chiropractor’s philosophy of treating the whole body. Eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, poultry, fish, and whole grains while reducing the consumption of processed foods, helps with pain management by reducing the risk of inflammation.
In addition, good nutrition helps to reduce the risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity — all health issues that can have a negative effect on musculoskeletal health, especially the spine. An elevated BMI ( body mass index ), insulin resistance, and other health conditions that are linked to musculoskeletal pain can help to be alleviated with sound nutritional advice combined with regular chiropractic care.
While the short-term goal of chiropractic care is to address structural misalignments to reduce pain and restore proper joint function, the long-term goal is more preventative in nature. Proper nutrition, a program of regular exercise, good posture, and regular manipulations can all result in increased energy and a longer, healthier life.