Should Your Chiropractor Offer Nutritional Guidance?

If you look at the health and wellness industry these days, you’ll see how much it has changed in recent years. The explosion of information on the internet, in addition to a great deal of new research that has illuminated aspects of wellness that most people haven’t considered before, has led to an increased focus on health. This is a wonderful thing, since it opens up new horizons and gives people opportunities to develop new perspectives on health.

The downside is that it can be confusing. People often find themselves with “information overload.” They don’t really know what information they can trust, or what will actually constitute a healthy decision for them. There’s always someone saying that this or that is healthy, while other people say it isn’t. How do you know what to believe?

Chiropractics is one of those areas where so many people have positive experiences, it’s hard to discount it. At the same time, there are people out there who question the validity of chiropractic treatment, despite the fact that becoming a doctor of chiropractic takes about the same amount of time and education as becoming a standard medical doctor.

If you research chiropractors in your area, you’ll probably stumble upon another interesting fact: Some of these practitioners offer more than just chiropractic treatment. It’s not uncommon to find a chiropractor who offers supplemental forms of treatment, including massage therapy and even nutritional guidance.

This last area of wellness — nutrition — is very important indeed. No doctor will deny that, and most of us know it from first hand experience in daily life. But there’s so much information out there (much of it conflicting) that we often tend to distrust new information as regards nutrition.

So what happens when a chiropractor offers nutritional guidance? Is this a trustworthy source of information?

The answer is usually ‘yes’ — simply because chiropractors have a much more advanced understanding of biology than the average nutritional counselor. As we mentioned, doctors of chiropractic undergo around 7 or 8 years of formal education to reach formal qualification as doctors of chiropractic treatment — and this is truly a rigorous and advance process of training and instruction. By the time chiropractic doctors finish their training, they’ve acquired an extremely advanced knowledge of biology and human anatomy.

Many chiropractors then subject themselves to supplemental training in areas like nutritional guidance and massage therapy. These disciplines in combination with their advanced chiropractic knowledge can drastically expand the integrated treatment options they’re able to offer patients.

Does this mean you should ‘definitely’ receive nutritional guidance from any chiropractor you come across? Definitely not. It’s still important to find a specialist who is both experienced and reputable, with a solid track record of happy clients and positive testimonials. This is true whether you’re simply going for chiropractic treatment, or whether you’re looking for a professional who has a more expansive set of treatment options to offer.

That said, it can’t be denied that every doctor of chiropractor will necessarily have a foundation in biology and human anatomy that the vast majority of nutritional counselors simply do not have. That’s why accepting nutritional guidance from your chiropractor — as a part of your overall treatment plan — is definitely worth consideration.