Research conducted by the CDC shows that it does not take many extra pounds of body weight to make joints feel the strain. According to a study of 120,000 healthy adults, each pound above healthy weight increases the risk of osteoarthritis by 10% to 15% in women and 5% to 10% in men. Adding just 20 extra pounds raises the “body mass index” (BMI) above the normal 19 to 25 range and doubles the risk of osteoarthritis, which is wear and tear type of arthritis that can start in one’s 40s. Fortunately, the CDC also reports that patients who receive weight counseling from healthcare professionals are nearly four times more likely to attempt weight loss than those not receiving counseling. Chiropractic adjustments may help in the transition of losing weight, without losing your ability to do the most when it comes to being active. As you lose weight, your body is constantly changing and sometimes the joints and spine need adjustments to keep up with the changes. With joints being manipulated, those suffering from obesity may be able to work without little to no pain and can reach the level of fitness they desire.
P.S. Because chiropractors take the totality of their’ patients health into account, they are more likely to suggest weight loss and nutrition rich diets.