Back pain or injuries are not just solved with a quick call to a chiropractor. The procedures chiropractic offices offer will help, but it is up to you to maintain spine health and prevent future injuries.
Previous blog posts have detailed how spine health affects your overall health – but this is a two-way street. The health of your spine is affected by all of your healthy (or unhealthy) habits.
This post will cover the connection between good chiropractic care and good nutrition.
How Nutrition Affects Spinal Health and Chiropractic Care
No matter what stage of life you’re in, nutrition should always be a top priority. If you are suffering from back pain or recovering from injury, nutrition is even more important. Because these eating habits will have a direct effect on your spine health:
Vitamin Intake. Different vitamins have different effects on spine health, including:
- B12: reduces pressure on your back and your risk of chronic back pain, and supports the nerves that control whether or not you feel pain throughout the day.
- C: reduces chronic back pain, decreases inflammation, and kickstarts the healing process of damaged tissues and other areas of the body
- D: reduces back pain, soothes inflammation, and promotes bone health
- E: encourages circulation, helps the healing process, and repairs damaged tissues
Many over-the-counter vitamins are simply not very high in quality. Talk to your chiropractor to see what he or she recommends to bolster your nutrition.
Weight Gain and Strain on the Spine. Ingesting more calories or exercising less can cause weight gain. This puts extra pressure on the spine. The extra pressure can result in unnatural adjustments, where individual parts of the spine are squeezed out of place.
If you have extra pressure on your spinal nerves, you may experience chronic back pain. This extra pressure may also hinder recovery.
The Importance of Protein. Don’t just count calories – make sure that throughout the day you are getting the proper amount of protein for your age and weight. Proteins help muscles build and recover, a process that is especially important if you have suffered strains, sprains, or other types of muscle injuries.
How Good Chiropractic Care Has an Impact on Nutrition
The spinal cord and spinal nerves are two of the main parts of our nervous system. This system controls all of the movements and processes that occur throughout our body.
One of the most important processes is the intake and digestion of food. Parts of our nervous system control where our food needs to go after we are done eating. Any interference with the nervous system interferes with our ability to process nutrition. In other words, you can eat healthy and cut out dessert all you want, but if your nervous system isn’t working properly, it won’t matter.
At iChiropractic, we understand the connection between nutrition and chiropractic care. When you meet the expert staff for pain, injuries, or other conditions, we will walk you through the many different processes that can get you on track to a healthy spine and life.
These processes may include chiropractic adjustments or spinal decompression, massage or physical therapy, or expert advice on exercise and nutrition to work on your recovery in and out of our office. For many clients, we offer a combination of these services to help make your road to recovery one that is natural, successful, and sustainable.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.