Many patients that seek out Chiropractic Care are not aware of all of the different components that go into their recovery.
Besides the musculoskeletal manipulation that chiropractors use to correct and treat injuries, Chiropractors also rely on nutrition to help with their patient’s recovery.
Nutrition plays a key role in a person's overall health. What you put in your body can help to increase and maintain the functionality of every system in our body.
If proper nutrition does not accompany chiropractic care, than the patients recovery and overall health will suffer.
There are many different elements that go into proper nutrition, and every person is different. Depending on the type of injury you are suffering from, a chiropractor may recommend different vitamins or amounts of daily caloric intake.
Adjusting your daily caloric intake is one of the first nutritional steps in chiropractic care. When a person’s injury decreases their mobility, they will often experience weight gain.
Weight gain can be very detrimental to a person’s recovery because it can add extra stress to the musculoskeletal system, which can make their injuries more severe or create new ones.
As well as setting a daily caloric intake, it is just as important to fill your diet with the right foods. There are certain foods that can really help speed up the recovery process and relieve some of your injury symptoms.
Many foods have the added benefit of being anti-inflammatory, which means that they can reduce the swelling associated with your injury.
Some of the foods that can help reduce inflammation are Green leafy vegetables, Salmon, Turmeric, and Olives. Not only do these foods help reduce inflammation, they are low in calories, which means you can eat more of them throughout the day while still hitting your goals.
Once you and your Chiropractor have discussed your daily caloric intake, there are certain vitamins and supplements that may be recommended that will help with recovery.
For many of the injuries that chiropractors treat, taking vitamin B complex may be recommended. Vitamin B complex is a combination of the different b vitamins that each have multiple benefits.
Some of the benefits B complex offers include regulating the nervous and digestive system, as well as the healthy functioning of the nerves, muscles and heart.
Besides taking a vitamin B complex, your Chiropractor may recommend increasing the amount of protein in your diet. Protein is very important in recovery from any soft tissue and muscle injuries.
Our bodies use protein to build and repair our muscles. When a Chiropractic patient has suffered an injury such as a strain or tear, increasing their protein intake can help their body repair the damage more quickly, and increase the muscles overall strength.
Another supplement that experienced chiropractors recommend to their patients is Calcium.
Calcium is important to your body’s health because it helps maintain bone health, heart rhythm and muscle function. Because many injuries that chiropractors treat are related to broken bones or damaged muscles, you can see why a calcium supplement would be used in the healing process.
Incorporating these different supplements with your physical Chiropractic treatment plan can be very beneficial to a patient's overall health and speed up the recovery process.
As you can see, nutrition is a very important aspect to chiropractic care. Having a healthy diet that is rich in the right vitamins and supplements can speed up the recovery process, reduce the risk of further injury, and increase your overall health.
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