How naturopathy and chiropractic can work hand in hand

You may be having regular visits with your chiropractor to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system, as you know these are the fundamentals of good health and wellbeing.  But have you ever wondered how naturopathy and chiropractic care can work together?

Naturopathy and Chiropractic Care

Supplements are very common to support all the efforts made by both you and your practitioner.  Are you taking products already to support joint care, inflammation, pain or even digestive health, but aren’t entirely sure if you are on the right ones for you? This is where seeing a closely aligned naturopath/nutritionist can help. They can look at your whole body wellness and point you in the right direction of appropriate, high quality, supplement products. 

Ohana's naturopath/nutritionist sees patients for nutritional guidance and food intolerance testing. Image is of a woman sitting beside a mother and son in consultation.

Glucosamine

One such product is glucosamine, a widely utilized product taken from shark or bovine (cow) cartilage to promote….healthy joints?  cartilage repair?  Actually, glucosamine works on the mucous membrane lining of the gut, to reduce inflammation including the joints.  It actually works for only 60-70% of people, and should show improvement within 4-5 weeks at 500mg per day if it’s the right fit for you.  Glucosamine is more effective in treating knee problems than ankles, and will have a small impact on pain if you are one of the people that responds to it.   Due to the gut connection, glucosamine can work well for people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.  For those who are non-receptive, an alternative to try is Green Lipped mussel at 3000g per day.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is an important nutrient to reduce systemic inflammation, and is sourced from oily deep sea fish such as salmon, mackerel & sardines (not farmed), flax & hemp oil, oily nuts and seeds such as walnuts, flaxseeds, brazils and macadamias.  Fish oil products vary greatly in quality and dosing, and cheaper brands may be more likely to have some heavy metal content and lower levels of absorbable omega 3. There are also algae derived omegas available for vegetarians/vegans, and those wanting to reduce impacts on the environment.  Krill oil is mostly effective if you also have cardiovascular issues (cholesterol, high blood pressure etc), obesity or Type 2 diabetes issues on top of joint problems.  Correct dosing should be worked out with your practitioner.

Herbs

Herbs are a fantastic way to look after your body, with trials on plants such as Rehmannia having proven very effective due to their corticosteroid-like action without any negative side effects. Arthritis sufferers can benefit from other herbs such as Devil’s claw, Echinacea & Baical skullcap, depending on the type of arthritis.

Magnesium

If you suffer with regular muscle cramping, the approach from a naturopath perspective is specific forms of magnesium and electrolytes, as well as balancing the nervous system to prevent further reoccurrence & look at medications that might create deficiencies.  Tight muscles will not support your spinal adjustments so it is important to address this if it’s a regular issue.  Magnesium rich foods include wholegrains, nuts & seeds and vegetables. Electrolyte rich foods include bananas, coconut water, quality salts, dates and vegetables.

Turmeric

Finally turmeric is a very popular superfood and for good reason – it contains compounds that act as anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and circulatory stimulants.  Turmeric is also a proven analgesic, so is fantastic for treating painful conditions when used in specific high dosing through supplementation (Take care with dosing if you are on blood thinning medication).

A naturopathy/nutrition consult will help establish any potential causes from medications, lifestyle or dietary factors.

At Ohana Health and Wellbeing, naturopathy and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Both services, plus nutrition, are under the one wellness roof with practitioners working closely together. 

Visit Mikaela for a naturopathy appointment if you would like further advice on how to best support your musculoskeletal health and overall wellbeing.

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