Have you been trying everything that you can think of to lose weight, but you still can’t reach your ultimate goals? There comes a time in most people’s weight loss journey when they will plateau. No matter what is done regarding shaking up diet or exercise routines, they just can’t lose another pound. Does that sound like you?
There could be an answer to getting back on the road to weight loss that you have never considered before, and that’s visiting a chiropractor. There are a wide variety of benefits to getting regular adjustments, and losing weight is one of them. Find out more about how setting up an appointment with a chiropractic office is going to benefit you on your personal quest for a healthier body.
A Better Overall Health and Wellbeing
There is no quick and easy way to lose weight. You can’t just focus on doing one thing and expect to see results. An abundance of people think that they can just diet or only exercise and get to their peak physical condition. It doesn’t happen that way. Just like you can’t only see a chiropractor. You have to work on everything in conjunction with one another.
- Proper nutrition
- Regular exercise
- Quality sleep
- Chiropractic care
- Healthy lifestyle habits
It is essential to understand that seeing a chiropractor alone isn’t going to cause the pounds to shed off of you. A chiropractor works on improving your overall health and wellbeing. With a healthier body and a better quality of life, losing weight is going to come naturally.
Communication between the body and the brain happens in the spinal column. When it becomes misaligned, that is hindered. The ability of the body to burn off fat and the metabolic system can be effected with that disruption in communication. A chiropractor can make the necessary adjustments to get all the messages firing correctly to the brain again.
The Back Pain and Weight Gain Relationship
Some are going to suffer from back pain because they are carrying around too much weight. Other people gain weight because of an injury resulting in back pain. It doesn’t matter what order it happens in; the ending is the same. People that suffer from chronic pain are more likely to gain weight for a number of reasons including:
- Poor sleep patterns
- Eating for comfort
- Less physical activity
- Side effects from pain medication
A chiropractor can work at alleviating the back pain that you are suffering from so that the relationship between the pain and the weight gain gets broken. The very first visit isn’t going to result in a permanent relief from pain. However, it will get you some relief. With regular visits, soon the pain will be gone, and you will be able to take care of all the mentioned reasons why people with back pain gain weight.
When you are stressed out, you are more likely to reach for foods that are unhealthy for you. Say that you have no pain, so you don’t see a reason to visit a chiropractor for weight loss. That’s one very good one right there.
Besides being able to give you relief from pain and discomforts, chiropractic adjustment reduce stress levels. By feeling more relaxed, the chances of you grabbing a healthy food over something that is bad for you increases significantly.
Making Fitness Simpler
After a few visits to your chiropractor, your pain is undoubtedly going to go away or at least reduce at some level. That means that you are going to be more likely to get up and take part in various forms of physical activity. It could be as simple as getting back to work after an injury. As long as you are up and moving again, it’s a whole lot better than living a sedentary lifestyle.
With your new found freedom from pain, take advantage and set up a regular fitness plan. It could be going for a walk after dinner five days a week for 30 minutes. Get up and moving. Just as chiropractic care can help with your weight loss, exercising is going to make your body stronger. You will be less likely to get injured again because moving around builds strength in your muscles.
Toning Muscles Through Adjustments
You aren’t going to be able to build the biceps that you would working the weights at the gym, but a chiropractor can help in the toning of your muscles. An adjustment will aid in getting rid of adipose tissue. With that elimination, your muscles will automatically tone up at least somewhat. With toned muscles, your body cannot put on weight quite as easily as it could with the excess storage of fat already there.
Somewhat like a massage, an adjustment following a workout session will help your body and muscles relax. In a more relaxed state, you will be ready to go harder and longer during your next round of physical activity.
A bonus to getting a chiropractor to working on your muscles is that they can spot possible injuries that you might not even be aware that you have. They will take care of the problem when it’s still insignificant instead of trying to fix a much bigger issue down the road.
An All-Natural Approach
There are plenty of supplements and “quick fixes” out there on the market that claim to be able to help you lose weight quickly without diet and exercise. While that sounds wonderful, it’s just too good to be true. On top of that, it’s not healthy. Most of those pills and other products that are for sale are full of harmful chemicals.
You might see a difference in your weight loss up front, but the long-term side effects are way worse. Besides, the changes that you see aren’t going to last. As soon as you stop taking whatever it is you have gotten yourself into, you will go right back to the way you looked before.
With a natural approach through chiropractic care, you get the full treatment. The proper doctor of chiropractic medicine working with you on your weight loss goals is going to result in way more than just relief from pain.
Many are also trained in helping you with improving your entire lifestyle and can assist with:
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise advice
- Proper posture techniques
- Healthy lifestyle habit rules to live by
In some offices, you may even discover separate nutritionists working with the chiropractor to get you the best services. Quality chiropractors are all for working in conjunction with other professionals to get their patients the best care possible.
Your Beneficial Take Away
All of this information is useful, and it can significantly improve your life. However, knowing what you do now, don’t let the details fog the truth. While getting chiropractic adjustments can help you along in your weight loss journey in several different ways, it isn’t the cure-all. There is no way that only visiting an office to see a chiropractor is going to make you lose weight. You have to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and take care of yourself as a whole.
If you ever do visit a chiropractor that tells you that he or she is the one that can take away all your problems and you’ll never have to worry about anything again as long as you keep seeing them, they are lying. A quality chiropractor will work with you in every aspect of your life, and they know that there is no miracle cure for losing weight.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he earned his bachelor’s of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.
He became passionate about being a Anchorage chiropractor after his own experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment.
Dr. Wells is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. He continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.