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How Chiropractic May Help Fight Obesity


One-third of Americans suffer from obesity and its related conditions, while over half of us are said to be on a diet at any given time. While the battle of obesity rages across the country, people are constantly seeking ways to help them lose weight. Not everyone has success with diet and exercise on its own and fad work out classes are coming out weekly. When left untreated, obesity can lead to myriad of deadly conditions including stroke and heart disease. Luckily, there is a natural, non-invasive treatment that may help – chiropractic care.

Chiropractic is based on the overall health and function of the spine and nervous system, which affects everything from our head to our toes. Chiropractors examine the spine and neck, searching for any misplaced vertebrae putting pressure on nerves, also known as subluxation. When untreated, the nerve pressure can cause blockage of important nutrients to vital organs. Different nerves affect different parts of the body, so a misplaced vertebrae at the top of the spine could easily cause problems in the pancreas or even brain.

Many people who are overweight or obese suffer from poor metabolic process. Metabolism is the way that our bodies use and absorb energy – when it is efficient, we burn more calories and feel active. When metabolic function stifles, the body struggles to digest food and may lead to a build up of fat. Chiropractic adjustments can help boost metabolism, by increasing oxygen and blood flow throughout the body. In addition, chiropractic care can help ease symptoms due to increased weight on the pelvis an feet. This pressure causes pain and sometimes coordination and balance issues. After a spinal adjustment, overweight patients have shown decreased pain levels and higher activity rates.

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