Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Your
local doctor of chiropractic can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic
across the country will highlight how they can help
patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health
during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the 2010 observance is
Why Weight? Get Healthy!
More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either
overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics, and obesity is associated
with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types
of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such
as 5 to 10 percent of a persons total body weight, could improve blood
pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. Thats only 10
to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.
Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to
begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic
(DC). Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions, says Dr.
Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association. Doctors of
chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise,
diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your
weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness
level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.
Consultation with a DC is particularly important when you consider that
the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal systemosteoarthritis, back pain,
neck pain and joint painoften cause overweight people to avoid physical
activity and exercise when they need it most.
If youre carrying more weight than the load-bearing structures of your
bodyspine, legs, etc.can handle, theres going to be pain, loss of movement
and degeneration in the joints. Particularly if youre carrying most of your
weight in your abdomen, the low back and the spine will need to work harder to
hold you upright. This adds extra stress and tension on your muscles, which in
turn creates stiffness.
Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is held each
October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic
care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and