Obesity is categorized as a disease in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that your physical and mental well-being suffer. Obesity increases the likelihood of many diseases, decreases quality of life and is extremely dangerous. For those who suffer from obesity, living a normal lifestyle can be challenging as obesity damages your joints, muscles and nervous system.
While many doctors focus on the long term effects of obesity, doctors of chiropractic medicine focus on every day struggles of those with obesity. Chiropractors offer a non-invasive, drug free and hands-on approach to those suffering from obesity in an effort to promote overall well-being. By improving the condition of the body, chiropractors help obese patients improve their quality of life.
Many patients suffering from obesity experience pressure on weight bearing joints including the hips, knees, ankles and lower back. When this occurs, patients often suffer from pain, swelling, and balance and alignment problems. This can be especially frustrating as any of these problems make exercise and active lifestyles difficult. To help patients, chiropractors perform adjustments to help improve alignment, guide patients through exercise and strengthening routines, and help patients improve joint mobility through stretching.
Central Nervous System
In addition to relieving joint pain, chiropractors also increase the function of the nervous system in obese patients. Your nervous system is the command center in your body. It sends nerves throughout the entire body controlling its every function. Your spine is one of the major pathways for all your nerves, therefore, if there is any interruption, the nerves cannot get to where they need to go and your body cannot function as it should. Often times, those who suffer from obesity also suffer from postural problems. The result of this is decreased function of the nervous system as nerve pathways in the spine are blocked. Through chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors remove the blockage and increase the efficiency of the nervous system. Not only does this improve overall function of the body, it also boosts the immune system and decreases risk of injury.
While overcoming any disease it hard, those suffering from obesity are especially challenged as they are asked to make extreme lifestyle changes. Chiropractors understand the difficulty involved in this and support their patients throughout the entire process. In fact, chiropractors are even certified to offer nutritional and exercise counseling to patients as an added benefit to office visits.
Chiropractors can help make changes that will last, improving your overall well-being. If you or a loved one suffers from obesity, visit The Joint today to start your journey to a happier and healthier life. No appointment necessary and walk-ins are welcome.
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