If a patient is suffering from back or neck pain, a chiropractor or doctor may recommend dietary changes in order to promote overall health, including a healthier spine. Additionally, nutritional counseling may also be a part of a weight management plan that can help reduce the weight and pressure being placed on the spine.
Nutrition counseling can be a helpful way for people to assess their daily food intake and determine whether changes need to be made, both for the purpose of losing weight or for overall health. One of the main benefits of nutrition counseling is that it usually involves a one-on-one session that is specifically tailored to the person’s exact circumstances.
What to expect from nutrition counseling
The first step in a nutrition counseling session is to carefully assess daily eating habits. Usually, a person receiving nutritional counseling will record their eating habits over a 24-hour period or longer to give the dietitian a clear pattern on food being consumed, meal time and portion size.
Next, the dietitian will assess overall health, weight and body mass index to help determine specific goals for the counseling. With this information, he or she then works closely to develop a long-term nutrition and exercise plan. Any dieting plan should be considered an investment in the future, so nutrition counseling is usually focused on implementing gradual changes with specific goals in mind. Nutrition counseling also provides much-needed support to the patient as they begin their new diet, which can be especially beneficial in the early days of the new system.
Nutrition and diet counseling are especially important for maintaining a healthy body weight, because being overweight or obese can be strong contributors to the following issues:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Difficulty breathing
- Strain on joints
Being overweight or obese is also associated with neck and back pain because the excess body weight puts additional stress on the spine. This stress can lead to muscle strain and injury in the short-term and can potentially accelerate normal spinal deterioration. This in turn may be associated with conditions like herniated discs, foraminal stenosis, facet disease and bulging discs.
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