Vertebral subluxations refer to problems with the alignment of your spine, causing the nerves of the spinal cord to become pinched, irritated, or constricted. When the spine is poorly aligned, it can interrupt normal communication between your brain and different parts of your body. Subluxations can also lead to issues with pain and reduced mobility in your back and neck.
Patients come to our Temecula, CA chiropractic office specifically to remedy vertebral subluxations. Regular adjustments can restore spinal function to the lower back and the neck. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, we consider holistic approaches to improving wellness. That’s why we take time to go over nutrition matters and how our patients may be able to improve their diet for the sake of their spinal health.
How Diet Affects Wellness
“You are what you eat,” the old saying goes. It may be cliched, but it’s true. When you eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, you’re more likely to be in better health and better shape. That’s a recipe for proper spinal function.
People who have poor diets are more likely to be overweight or obese. They may suffer from a host of health conditions that negatively impact their wellness, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Vertebral Subluxations and Obesity
If you are overweight or obese, the joints of your body will have to bear additional weight. A lot of the body’s weight is supported by the lower back. This may not seem that bad, but over time, the stress placed on your lower back can result in subluxations and poor spinal function. Many times, obesity is the result of a poor diet combined with low physical activity, glandular problems, and metabolic issues.
Vertebral Subluxations and Malnutrition
Sometimes the problem isn’t excess weight per se, but bad general health because of an unbalanced diet. Food is fuel, and if you aren’t putting the right kind of fuel into your body, your body may not be running as well as it ought to be. A lack of certain vitamins and minerals may result in poor bone and joint health, which can make spinal injury and vertebral subluxations more likely.
Beyond Adjustment: Discussing Diet and Eating Habits
In addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, we can go over a patient’s eating habits during a treatment session. This will allow us to assess the nutritional health of a patient and make recommendations that can improve general wellness. These recommendations may be as simple as suggesting the patient eat more fruits and vegetables, or that the patient eliminate excessive sugar and salt from their diet. Cutting out soda, fast food, and junk food might be a start, for example.
Nutrition can be complex, and it’s often difficult for the average person to tell the difference between good fats and bad fats, let alone how to balance one’s diet to maintain a healthy weight. We will work with you to help improve your eating habits and make sure your body is getting the right kind of fuel it needs to function properly.
Offering Insight into Other Lifestyle Improvements
As we’ve stressed time and again, we take a holistic approach to patient wellness. In addition to regular adjustments and diet recommendations, we can also talk about exercises that promote good health and other forms of self-care. Our goal is to tailor the treatment to you and your needs so you can enjoy the benefits of proper spinal function.
Contact Horst Chiropractic
For more information about treating back and neck pain and enhancing your overall health and wellness in the process, be sure to contact an experienced chiropractor today. We at Horst Chiropractic look forward to your visit and discussing your health in greater detail.