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How Your Spine Affects Your Waistline 1


Many people are surprised when they hear that chiropractic care can affect affect a person’s ability to burn fat, lose weight and detoxify their body. After all, what does cracking your back have to do with getting a six-pack?

“Actually, a lot,” says the doc—a.k.a. me 🙂

First of all, we should dispel the common myth that chiropractic care is just about cracking your back to relieve pain. That’s far from true. I adjust patients of all ages, from babies to pro athletes, with varying lifestyles, some of whom don’t come to me because of pain at all. Chiropractic care is useful for much more than pain management. It is useful for combating a range of health problems, from asthma and allergies to autoimmune conditions and digestive disorders. I have had patients overcome diabetes and cancer and come off their medications by incorporating the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living into their daily lives. And “Maximized Nerve Supply” is #2 in that list of essentials.

The nervous system’s role in the health of your body

If you think of your body like a computer, your nervous system would be the control panel. It’s essentially the main hub, which controls how the rest of your body’s organs function. Your spinal cord sends signals to your organs via nerves which project out from it, and it’s protected by your vertebrae. When your spine is not properly aligned, those nerves become compressed, reducing the signals that are sent to your organs to tell them what to do. When those signals are reduced, so is your organs’ function, which essentially means your body is not operating at full capacity. Over time, this manifests as symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, digestive problems, weight gain and more.

What does all this have to do with my waistline?

So glad you asked! Your metabolism is regulated by your endocrine system, which consists of various hormone-producing organs such as your thyroid. These organs must produce the right hormones in the right amounts for optimal metabolic function (which includes proper nutrient absorption and calorie burning). If your spine is out of alignment, it may reduce the nerve signals going out from your spinal cord to the organs which regulate metabolism. This results in your body’s inability to burn fat, and ultimately, weight gain.

And that, my friends, is how your spine affects your waistline. Many people find abdominal fat to be the hardest kind to shed. If you want to lose weight, you should start by incorporating each of the 5 Essentials into your daily lifestyle. And remember, it’s not a menu! You must incorporate all 5 Essentials in order for it to be effective.

If you live in the queen city and need to find a Charlotte Chiropractor, visit my clinic at Queen City Health Center! Mention that you found me online to receive a discount on your first visit.


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  • Amanda

    Hi Dr. Holly, thank you for sharing this post. I have had trouble gaining weight for a couple years. Recently I have been told my neck is misaligned after starting working with a physical therapist. Is it possible that misalignment was causing metabolic changes to disllow weight gain in some way? After a few days of doing stretches and being on a muscle relaxer, I’m already noticing an internal change in how food affects me; ie I’ve gained 2-3 pounds. Curious to hear your feedback. Thank you!!