Treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare costs according to the CDC. The most common, costly and preventable health problems include heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity and arthritis. These are major drivers of rising healthcare costs, sickness and disability in our society. Holistic chiropractic care can be aligned with nutritional education to maximize full-body wellness and performance.
Why Does Nutrition Matter?
Nutrition is a vital part of prepping the body to function properly and fight off disease. A nutrient-rich diet is an essential part of the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. It’s important to realize that the Standard American Diet (SAD) lacks basic nutrients necessary for proper function. Many processed foods contain chemically-altered fats and sugars that can give our bodies the wrong signals. Many researchers now believe that chronic diseases and conditions are partially related to diet. In summary, we must look at food as a way to build good health and fight off chronic diseases.
Nutrition Holds a Vital Place in Patient Care
Chiropractic care is a vital commitment to the health and wellness of all patients, not just to the treatment and management of disease or an existing condition. An individualized approach to chiropractic works best as each patient’s care is customized to improve performance in all aspects of their lives. People are now seeking holistic, alternative medicine as opposed to conventional methods of high prescription medication and surgery. In addition, they are now more than ever aware of the importance of a proactive lifestyle.
Where Do Nutrition and Chiropractic Care Meet?
While traditional chiropractors focus primarily on spinal care, modern practices are aiming to improve and optimize performance and wellness of all patients. This patient-centered approach can also incorporate fitness, wellness and lifestyle counseling and direction. For example, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in adults in the United States and it’s been reported that in 2030, the number of adults affected with doctor-diagnosed arthritis is projected to reach 67 million, or 25 percent of the adult population. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help those with rheumatoid arthritis by:
- Improving range of motion;
- Improving flexibility and endurance;
- Increasing muscle tone and strength;
- Providing diet and nutritional advice and supplements to address inflammation
A key part of the pain and worsening of rheumatoid arthritis is poor nutrition and diet. Using nutrition to complement chiropractic care for certain types of existing conditions can provide better results.
Chiropractic care can help patients understand which lifestyle choices will have the biggest impact on their performance and wellness. If you need a natural, holistic solution to your healthcare needs, make an appointment with us today at http://www.carolinaactivehealth.com/contact-us/.