We’re delighted to welcome the first of our guest blog writers. Nicola Russell is a registered Nutritional Therapist based in Midhurst, who works closely with her clients to address how optimum nutrition can be the key to a healthy lifestyle.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease
Thomas Edison, US Inventor 1847-1931
“I became interested in Chiropractic care after suffering from a bad back in my early 20’s following a fall from a horse when I was younger. However, I have continued seeing chiropractors from that point onwards as I came to understand that keeping my spine, joints and muscles flexible and moving freely ensures my body stays pain-free and able to cope with what I ask of it during day-to-day life. Chiropractic care is not just for bad backs!
Nutritional Therapy looks at addressing nutritional imbalances which also effects chemical reactions and bodily functions, and works with clients on many levels to support the body towards healing itself. Co-management of certain clients therefore makes sense and I think Chiropractic care and Nutritional Therapy naturally go hand in hand.
For those already suffering from musculoskeletal complaints, dietary modification could help with pain management. For example, insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes) is implicated in the pathophysiology of Metabolic Syndrome (a collection of risk factors that can lead to diabetes, stroke and heart diseases) which may be linked to musculoskeletal pain (Seaman & Palombo, 2014). An elevated body mass index could also indicate a pro-inflammatory boy chemistry and be seen as a potential initiator/promoter of pain too (Seaman, 2013) and it therefore may be incumbent upon chiropractors to identify those at risk and refer them on. Insulin resistance, weight gain and other conditions can be reversed with the help of a Nutritional Therapist though the use of multiple strategies such as dietary and lifestyle modifications.
Chiropractors also work to encourage dietary and lifestyle modifications as they have recognised the importance of looking at the whole person in order to obtain optimum health. I believe that proper nutrition, chiropractic care and regular exercise are the keys to good health!
Nicola Russell BSc, mBANT, CNHC.T
The Way to Eat
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Seaman, D. (2013) ‘Body mass index and musculoskeletal pain: is there a connection?’ Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. 21:15
Seaman, D. and Palombo, A. (2014) ‘An overview of the identification and management of the metabolic syndrome in chiropractic practice’ Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 13(3): 210-9