Fighting Neck and Back Pain with Good Food Choices

September 14, 2023

3 min read

Making sure you are eating a well-balanced diet including eating anti-inflammatory foods can not only help to prevent diseases such as arthritis, but can help with chronic neck pain, and back pain.

In fact, many chiropractors in Mesa recommend a holistic approach that combines diet, physical therapy, and treatments like disc decompression therapy for optimum spinal health.

Studies have shown that foods that increase inflammation can cause extensive back pain, neck pain and damage to your health.

How can a diet focused on anti-inflammation help with pain?

While no one food can provide instant magical relief, a diet focused on anti-inflammatory foods that are providing good nutrition can have great effect on preventing and managing pain. To understand how inflammation may affect your neck and back. It is important to know a little of the spine. The spine is made up of 33 individual bones called vertebrae, each vertebra is separated by discs which are shock absorbing cushions. The spine is an interconnected system of muscles, tendons, and nerves and is the main support for the body for twisting, bending, and standing. Just a little inflammation can cause pain, and inhibit movement in this delicate part of the body. Which is why a diet focused on nutritious foods can support a healthy neck and back.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Back and Neck Pain Relief

A couple of the most impactful diet changes, can be focusing on eating your fruits, vegetables, and healthy fatty foods with omega 3’s these foods include:

  • Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and arugula
  • Nuts such as walnuts and almonds
  • Fish with plenty omega 3’s like salmon, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits like watermelon, pomegranate, cherries, and blueberries
  • Foods or supplements with calcium and vitamin D are also very important as they reduce inflammation and give your bones the right nutrition

Foods to Avoid that cause Inflammation

Here are some of the top foods that cause inflammation in the body. These Include but are not limited to sugary drinks like Kool aid or soda (diet sodas count as well). Alcohol, smoking, processed meats, red meat, and lard are also bad for inflammation.

Over the years it has become more increasingly clear the impact that poor nutrition can have on you. It is never too late to change your diet to help manage your bodies health and pain. Start by making a new resolution today for a healthier life!

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