Nutrition in Chiropractic Care

Celebrating 125 Years of Chiropractic

In our series celebrating 125 years of chiropractic, we continue our spotlight on the innovations and advancements of the chiropractic industry. Our last post looked at the official 125th anniversary with Founder’s Day at Palmer College of Chiropractic and the final judgment in the Wilk vs AMA case as well as the formation of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). In this post, we will focus on 1990–2000 with the growth of nutrition in chiropractic care. 

Growth of Nutritional Counseling

For many patients, chiropractic care is not complete without nutritional recommendations in the form of vitamins and supplements. With the rise of health & fitness trends since the early 1990s, nutritional counseling has become a mainstay of chiropractic treatment. According to a 2007 study “Nutritional counseling in the chiropractic practice: a survey of New York practitioners,” “ . . . 80% of the doctors who participated in the survey [reported that] they incorporate some form of nutritional counseling into their practices.”1

As a key element of holistic medicine, nutrition elevates chiropractic care. Nutritional counseling provides an avenue to address more than the musculoskeletal system. It allows patients who experience many different types of chronic disorders, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, to be provided nutritional support their body needs that may not be provided for elsewhere.

With the increase demand for nutritional support comes the need for more informed chiropractors. Many chiropractors focus their continuing education on nutrition to further their patient treatments as well as a way to expand their practice. Offering supplements and nutritional care provides an additional revenue avenue for chiropractic practices, one that patients will continually return for. 

It is important to note that while the growth in health and wellness trends has put a spotlight on how essential it is to supplement the diet with nutrient-rich whole foods and vitamins, it has led to a simultaneous growth of inferior, low-quality products. Thus, many practitioners look for supplements formulated with superfoods, antioxidants, and phytonutrients like the capsule and powder supplements from Greens First®

Looking Ahead

As we continue to look through the decades of chiropractic innovations, in our next article we will look at the introduction of chiropractic services in the military health system, chiropractic as a drug-free pain relief option, and vibration therapy.


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References

1Holtzman, Denise, and Jeanmarie Burke. “Nutritional Counseling in the Chiropractic Practice: a Survey of New York Practitioners.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Elsevier, Mar. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647073/.

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