With warm weather months approaching, it's the perfect time to start thinking about getting out and getting active. According to the United States Surgeon General, however, nearly 2 out of every 3 Americans are either overweight or obese. Those extra pounds carried not only contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease, they also cause serious, painful musculoskeletal problems that make it difficult to live an active lifestyle.
"The excess weight we carry affects all the joints in our bodies--especially the hips, knees, ankles and feet--often leading to lower back pain," cautions not-for-profit Illinois Chiropractic Foundation's Warren Bruhl, D.C., who also serves as Executive Director of Northbrook-based youth charity Gear for Goals.
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Dr. Bruhl and the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation encourage Illinois residents that if they are one of the many millions dealing with obesity, to please consider contacting their local doctor of chiropractic who can help guide them to a healthier lifestyle by offering safe, cost-efficient treatments that can help relieve musculoskeletal pain stemming from obesity.
"Regular exercise is an absolute must when implementing a weight-loss program, however, if you are in significant pain, exercise is often not possible, or even safe," says Dr. Bruhl. "Chiropractors can help patients with many physical ailments and can help council patients to improve wellness, offering a proactive approach to help prevent injury, relieve stress, and target obesity." Chiropractors are devoted to the health and well-being of their communities and are also experts in nutrition.
For more information about the ICF, visit http://www.ChiropracticLegacy.org.
About the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation
Armed with a mission to impact the health and lives of millions in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation (ICF) is a non-profit organization seeking to educate the public about the amazing benefits of chiropractic care. Founded in 2006 with the purpose of advancing the science, philosophy and discipline of chiropractic medicine to the public, the ICF promotes philanthropy, scientific research, and the role of chiropractic medicine in the relief of disease and pain.
Warren Bruhl, D.C., D.I.C.C.P. is a board member of the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation and co-founder of Northbrook-based non-profit Dreamweaver International and youth charity Gear for Goals. For more information, visit http://www.Dreamweaver911.org.