When people think of available options for nutrition counseling, physicians or dieticians typically come to mind. In fact, high-quality nutritional counseling is available through chiropractors, and many chiropractors have received more education about nutrition than physicians may have. While some medical schools only require a single nutrition course over one semester, it is common for chiropractors to take two or three nutrition courses during their training, and many continue to supplement their existing knowledge with further professional development.
Chiropractors frequently interact with patients who can benefit from nutritional counseling. In fact, many individuals seeking chiropractic care have musculoskeletal conditions such as joint pain, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory ailments including overuse syndrome and various athletic or accident-related injuries. In a typical working day, chiropractors will also see patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Proper nutrition can help to calm the inflammation associated with these disorders, and studies show that chiropractors view giving nutritional advice as an obligation and readily dispense this advice to their clients. For example, chiropractors may recommend avoiding dairy in order to help combat the inflammation that comes from gut disorders, and they may encourage an increase in fruit and vegetable intake for their patients with cardiovascular disease.
Unlike traditional doctors, as practitioners of complementary medicine, chiropractors tend to be more open-minded about many aspects of nutrition and nutritional counseling. Chiropractic specialists are willing to listen to their patients and try experimental nutrition tactics which can often be helpful for many patients, including those who have not benefited from traditional dietary advice. Chiropractors often get more time to spend with patients than traditional doctors do, and so they have the time to get to know their patients better and formulate dietary changes that work for each patient’s individual needs. Today’s chiropractic offices have the ability to carry out the same sophisticated laboratory tests as medical clinics, and patients can have their blood markers regularly monitored.
At Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab in Cornelius, NC, our healthcare providers take a holistic approach to the health of each and every patient. We are able to offer nutritional counseling services to both new and established patients, and this is available at any visit. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!