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  • What’s Diet Got To Do With It?

    Posted on June 25, 2014 by in Nutrition Pain Link

    I’m not sure but after a closed head injury and fractured back, yrs of manual therapy and energy work then starting to get the minerals and other nutrients needed to be able to cope with stress, physical and mental, I finally stopped having pain and fatigue. It’s just interesting that nutrition is left out of the equation when it is 80% of our results. Manual therapists won’t touch nutrition but from my experience it was THE key to getting beyond the symptoms. Seems that if we want results with our clients we would “go there” with people. Maybe I have an advantage as a Dietitian? Seeing the diets of most people that have diabetes and obesity, not going there undermines our ability to serve them. Yes, we can refer out but a lot of clients know what they should do but don’t have any accountability. Human’s cheat in all areas, it seems. People are just doing what every other person is doing because we become like our environment.

    I doubt the issues of mental health, chronic disease, pain and other will resolve on a large scale until we confront food quality, structures to support compliance and have a food policy that ends the free for all among BIG FOOD companies. There are enough neurotoxins, food dyes, preservatives, pro inflammatory junk, and hidden chemicals in the typical kids diet to alter brain function, in my view. 

    Are clients engaged in the topic of nutrition and diet? Some are aware and engaged but I fear for those who haven’t connected their diet to their pain as a foundation for healing. For me, not addressing it could leave a client who doesn’t get the results they want thinking they should try another therapist or worse, invalidate massage or other conservative therapy and go have surgery when they haven’t given bodywork a real chance. As a side note, now when I have bodywork, it usually does what it’s designed to do. I get results. My adjustments hold longer, also. I just don’t think I would be able to do massage without that component. I was eating pretty well being a dietitian back when I broke my back and hit my head. That tells me something about the food supply not cutting the mustard.

    I got this from another massage therapist who sees the diet/pain connection:

    “My pain issues went away much better after taking the right supplements. I won’t say I never get pain from Repetitive motions, but my recovery is much faster and have more energy, Shaklee Vitalizer has to be the best multi- on the market. Period. I would have never believed it until I got on it over a year ago and have stayed on it, finally kicking the antidepressants and getting my blood pressure and weight under control. The vitamin D alone has helped me with positive mood etc. Considering I’m always stuck in dark rooms I’m sure I was always low. Feel better in 30 days or your money back.”

    For me, trigger point pain that started when I started playing tennis was rooted in my body not getting what it needed to support healthy muscle/nerve function. In a trigger point, there is a constant stimulation like a feedback loop between the spinal cord and the soft tissues that are being used. Waste products of metabolism build up. The muscle and tissues around the area can’t clear out so inflammation sets in and you get this constant signal to the spinal cord. The alarm that something is not right is pain. I started taking minerals and other micronutrients that obviously help my body break the pain cycle. A good multivitamin/mineral is a good place to start along with protein. What kind will be discussed later. During the time of my fatigue and pain after massage or over using muscles, I was eating a whole food plant based diet, lean meat and good fats. It wasn’t like the SAD (Standard American Diet). Something was missing in my better than average diet.