If your chiropractor suggest a personalized nutrition plan, you may be wondering what nutrition has to do with chiropractic care. Actually, nutrition has a lot to do with it. The following points will help clarify and misunderstandings or misconceptions you have about nutrition plans and your chiropractor's suggestions.
More of the Right Vitamins and Minerals to Help and to Heal
The focus of all chiropractic care is to help the body heal itself. Good nutrition is the building block of this focus. If you know you do not eat well and do not get enough of the right vitamins and minerals, then your chiropractor knows that the muscles and bones involved in chiropractic adjustments will not be adequately supported. The side effect is a reduction in the effectiveness of your treatments. Your chiropractor may either sit down with you to create this personalized nutrition plan, or refer you to a dietitian who can.
Your BMI, or "body mass index", also plays a role in the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. The higher your body fat percentage, the more your muscles, bones and back have to work to carry the weight. Reducing your BMI by even a ten- or twenty-pound drop makes a big difference in where you will feel pain or not feel pain at all. It also helps the chiropractor feel out where the problem spots are in your hips, lower back, mid-back, upper back and neck and make better adjustments.
Another reason for a personalized nutrition plan and the reduction of your BMI has to do with reversing the effects of your chiropractic care. Let's say you are a "big and tall" person. If the chiropractor maneuvers a pinched nerve out of harm's way in the small of your back, the excess weight you carry up front can reverse the work the chiropractor just did. In short, your belly could pull the back out of alignment and snag on the same nerve again, completely reversing the efforts made by your chiropractor. If this has already happened to you, it is probably why your chiropractor suggested a nutrition plan.
Increase Energy and Mobility Levels
Better nutrition means more energy. More energy means you move and exercise more or you are at least motivated to move more. Moving more and getting some exercise elevates endorphins. Elevated endorphins equals less pain and feelings of contentment and happiness. Your mobility as such increases, and your need for chiropractic care decreases.