Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows how difficult it can be. There are countless diets claiming to help with weight loss quickly and effortlessly, and there is a long list of exercises that someone insists will trim you down. There are even things that are supposed to get you into the right mindset to go through the weight loss process and products that tell you they will melt the calories like magic. It’s overwhelming!
Most experts will tell you that the solution is some combination of healthy eating and safe, effective exercise. But there’s one more thing that can add to the magic formula: chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic services focus on the musculoskeletal system, aligning the spine and the body’s muscles, bones, joints, and supporting tissues. Chiropractors relieve pain and make the body more efficient in its normal functions and better able to heal itself. In addition, spinal column adjustments can make your body stronger and more capable of responding well to your weight loss methods.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can add chiropractic treatment to a weight loss plan and how the role it plays brings tremendous benefits to the weight loss process.
Can Going to the Chiropractor Make You Lose Weight Faster?
Making It Easier to Exercise
When your body is out of alignment, your spine is pressured, and muscles struggle to compensate for the imbalance. As a result, it hurts to move in specific ways. In addition, your range of motion may be limited in some areas, and your body has to use extra energy to keep it all together.
With all this going on, the thought of starting some weight loss exercise routine may be completely unappealing. If anything, chronic pain can lead to weight gain because you don’t want to exercise and aggravate what’s already hurting.
A chiropractic adjustment relieves the pain, aligns your spine, restores range of motion, and gives those strained muscles a break. You can move your body comfortably, as everything is back in its proper place. Your body is now pain-free and in a condition that supports the intense workouts you plan to take on. In a nutshell, chiropractic adjustments will help you burn more calories.
Speeding Up Your Metabolism
Some people have a slow metabolism. It seems that no matter what they do — how much or how little they eat, what they eat, how much water they drink, or how much they exercise — the weight just won’t come off in any significant way. With that slow metabolism, burning fat will take a lot more time and effort. A slower metabolism makes it easier to gain weight, too.
But as chiropractic spinal adjustments realign your body, the metabolism is one of many body systems that begin working more efficiently. As it speeds up, your workouts will become more efficient, which also helps increase your metabolism. It means more motivation to get up and get moving. And it means more calories burned.
The Brain and Body Connection
A successful weight loss journey depends on free-flowing communications between your brain and body. A chiropractor will examine your body for misalignments, which interfere with your central nervous system’s functions, making it harder for your brain to communicate with your body. Among other problems, this is what slows your metabolism down.
Misalignment also hinders the communication pathways that tell you when you are hungry or full. As a result, you don’t really know whether to eat more or stop eating. That certainly makes it harder to maintain your diet plan.
Chiropractic treatments reduce pressure on the central nervous system, helping you regain proper, free-flowing communication between the brain and body. It restores metabolism and other body systems, and you regain your ability to effectively regulate your food intake. As a result, you’re less likely to keep eating when you’re full.
A Holistic Approach
There is data supporting the notion that chiropractic treatment contributes to the weight loss process when combined with healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. While adjustments alone won’t help drop the weight, they will make the body more receptive to your excess weight loss efforts and make them more successful.
In addition to pain relief, one thing adjustments can help reduce is stress eating. Pain causes stress, making you more likely to reach for comfort food — all the stuff that’s loaded with fat, sugar, and salt. It’s not at all good for you, and it most definitely will not contribute to your weight loss plan. But boy, does it taste good and make you forget the pain for just a little while!
With adjustments eliminating the pain and discomfort, you’re in a better mindset to make healthier food choices and leave the junk food alone. Chiropractic adjustments also reduce the need for pain medications, which are sometimes associated with weight gain.
Some chiropractors offer a chiropractic weight loss program that applies the natural treatment approach:
- Chiropractic adjustments to align the spine and restore full communication between brain and body
- A healthy diet and supplements customized for the patient
- Nutrition counseling
- An exercise plan, also customized for the patient’s physical abilities and lifestyle
As a part of your weight loss team, your chiropractor helps you lose weight and maintain your new, healthier weight long-term.
Weight Loss Help Through Chiropractic Adjustments at Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center
At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, our chiropractic team, under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Doerr, adheres to the highest and most professional medical standards to provide superior chiropractic help. Our mission is to provide unparalleled patient care in a comfortable, healing atmosphere.
Access our contact form or call us at (201) 945-4075 to learn more about our chiropractic care services! Our offices at 532 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010, and 62 Summit Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601, are ready to welcome you as we proudly serve the areas of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD. Also, feel free to access our blog, Facebook, and Instagram pages for more information on chiropractic adjustments!
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