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Losing Weight to Improve your Spinal Health

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Is the image above somewhat intimidating? Googling the terms "overweight" or "obese" is like opening a can of worms; hundreds of thousands of results including blogs, diet advice, "cures," and information that can stray far from the truth. Everyone knows that they should maintain a healthy weight: it helps with cardiovascular health, makes diabetes less likely, lowers your blood pressure and generally helps prevent a host of diseases. But I want to give you a less-thought-of reason to target a healthy weight: the health of your spine. If your life involves recurring or chronic back pain, one of the best ways to improve this suffering is by losing the excess poundage. 

Carrying around excess poundage puts more burden on the structures of your body including the joints, tissues and vertebrae in the back. This can lead to subluxation which puts pressure on the spinal nerves and causes pain. At Associates in Chiropractic, we can help. Here's how:

  • Chiropractic adjustment: how can you reasonably expect to jump off the couch and exercise if you are feeling pain? Our goal here is to make sure that spinal imbalance is not holding you back from achieving your true potential. Spinal adjustments improve your range of motion and make you less vulnerable to injury. 
  • Nutrition: nutrition is an individual science. Our nutritional advice is focused around consuming wholesome ingredients that are specific to your condition. For example, if you suffer from pain and inflammation, eating anti-inflammatory nutrients can help a lot. 
  • Exercise: every body is designed differently. The stretches and exercises that work for one person may cause pain and discomfort for the other. We monitor the overall health and strength of your body before customizing a set of stretches and exercises that you can implement from the comfort of your own home. 

Losing weight is one of the best ways to beat back pain:  While the process of losing excess pounds can seem overwhelming, it is made easier when you have a team on your side. As you attempt to lose weight and improve your well-being, we will be there for you every step of the way. 

Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C. 

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