I see a lot of groupons for weight loss from chiropractors. I thought chiropractors were spine doctors. What gives?
Yaphet Hill (Houston, TX) on Sep 25, 2012
Weight loss is a part of overall wellness. Although we are spine doctors, we also focus on a person's overall well-being.
Philip O'Brien (Bethlehem, PA) on Sep 25, 2012
Chiropractic physicians are trained much like medical practitioners for the first two years. In the third and forth years, chiropractic education encompasses biomechanics, kinesiology and nutrition. Most medical schools have nutrition classes, however, they are basic in nature. Since chiropractors do not have prescription rights in this country, we are trained in other means of healing. Most people forget the fact that everything in medicine is based onsomething natural. NSAIDS are based on the active components of white willow bark. The only difference is that medicine has many side effects whereas natural supplements do not. Thus, the training is very similar but the application of philosophy of treatment is what differs between the two professions. Weight loss revolves around an understanding of biochemistry, physiology and nutrition. Chiropractic physicians are extensively trained in these areas. As a word of warning, the key to losing weight is a sound nutritional plan. Most diets fail because the diets simply do not work or are overly complicated. Stay away from fad diets. The key to long-term weight loss is a good understanding of nutrition, healthy food choices, and exercise. Experiment to see what works best for your particular body. The more successful dieting programs my patients have succeeded with include gluten-free diets, anti-inflammatory diets, blood type diets, and the Paleo diet. In regards to your question about chiropractors being "spine Doctors", this is a common misunderstanding about the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic physicians are trained as neurological and musculoskeletal specialists. In fact, many people do not realize that we are taught by the same medical professionals as our medical counterparts. We also study more anatomy and physiology, more neurology, neuroanatomy, and more radiology than medical students. If a problem or injury involves a muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint, seeing a chiropractic physician is often the best idea. You can not fix a mechanical problem with a chemical solution. I co-manage patients with medical professionals because of my reputation. Chiropractors go to the core root of the problem to alleviate the dysfunction. If your distributor cap in your engine cracks, it is a mechanical problem. Putting more gasoline in your car is not going to make it start up and run. The same philosophy applies to the body. A mechanical problem needs a mechanical solution.
Nirbhao Singh (Clearwater, FL) on Sep 25, 2012
Chiropractors are doctors of overall health and wellness. We focus on the spine because your entire body is regulated through the central nervous system. Excess weight can cause subluxations (spinal restrictions) which chiropractors can correct; however, as chiropractors we do not want to just fix the symptom, but rather the cause of the spinal restriction (which may be weight in some cases).
Dennis Buckley (Pasadena, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
One of the major stresses to the spine and joints of the body is carrying excess weight. Chiropractors look at all things that may affect the spine and nervous system. Excess weight, poor posture, lack of exercise, poor diet, and mental stress can all affect the spine and interfere with nervous system function. Your lifestyle can help or hinder your health. In helping people find long lasting solutions to improve and maintain their health, weight loss is a needed remedy for many people. Many chiropractors utilize programs that can help their patients lose weight or refer to such programs. In my office we use a program, Take Shape For Life, to help people have healthier nutrition and lose weight.
Neil Crane (Minneapolis, MN) on Sep 25, 2012
This is a great question, and I think as the push for a healthier lifestyle continues to grow, you are going to see more and more of this. A chiropractor's primary specialty is treating disorders of the spine and nervous system, however, chiropractors are uniquely positioned in healthcare to address and facilitate other aspects of wellness. This includes consulting on whole food nutrition, supplementation, corrective and/or general fitness, and even interventions to relieve mental or emotional stress. The ultimate tool of any chiropractor is the innate ability of the body to heal. Any additional strategies to optimize clinical outcomes can and should be implemented.
David Friedman (Phoenix, AZ) on Jan 6, 2013
Unfortunately, in today's economy, many practitioners are adding other ancillary treatments in their office. Reduce your caloric intake and go to a gym. You will definitely lose weight!
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 27, 2012
Chiropractors also have extensive nutritional knowledge. Some have advanced nutritional degrees as well. It is a trend as they are also looking to treat the whole person. Not just back pain and symptoms. Thank you.
Jeffrey Lewis (Corpus Christi, TX) on Oct 16, 2012
Alot of chiropractors are into overall wellness. Excessive weight has a direct bearing on ones overall health. Alot of problems go away with proper nutrition and exercise. You are what you eat.
Allen Bonilla (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 16, 2012
Chiropractors are experts in dealing with the spine. They also, however, receive extensive training in areas such as nutrition. Additionally, because many chiropractors are interested in health in general, many pursue additional training in an effort to help people with needs such as weight loss. You should be able to ask what training and experience any professional has and see if it appears to be a viable solution for you.
Aaron Flickstein (Edina, MN) on Oct 15, 2012
100 hours of Nutrition training vs 4 for MD's in the core curriculum for starters and a healthy respect for safe natural approaches that work over patented synthetic pushers and pullers used to force our bodies to do less or more without regard to safe natural appraoches that do no harm.
Ronald Greenawalt (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 14, 2012
Weight loss is something alot of natural health practioners, like chiropractors, get involved in. Extra weight in some cases can effect the musculoskeletal system. Dr Greenawalt
Travis Huteson (Temecula, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Chiropractors do specialize in treating conditions related to the spine, but many are also practice nutrition, weight loss techniques, and other natural methods of health and wellness.
Aleksander Kanevsky (New York, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
There are many chiropractors, who practice additional fields to affect natural and healthy living (such as nutritionists, weight loss advocates). Our license allows us to practices additional practices in some states. Unfortunately, there are a lot of doctors who attended one-two days seminars and promote "very effective diets". You should find a practitioner with a reputation and long term experience to tailor your personal approach to loose weight.
Janette Asaro Pena (Holmes, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Chiroprators are generally holistic doctors. Holistic means you look at the whole body which includes nutrition. All Chiropractors learn nutrition in school and are equiped to counsel on nutrition and weight loss, and many study beyond what is taught in school because nutrition is a huge part of health. Many Chiropracotrs recommend supplements to improve health when needed. Obesity is a major problem in this country and Chiropractors are poised to help those who wish to imrove their health. "The doctor of the future will not give medicine but will interest her patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." Thomas A Edison.