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A weight loss program in a chiropractic practice: a retrospective analysis


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Structural and chiropractic

Complement Ther Clin Pract.2014 May;20(2):125-9.


A DeMaria, C DeMaria, R Demaria, J Alcantara


Context: Obesity is a global problem and places individuals at risk for developing chronic metabolic disorders. The need for investigating simple, effective and sustaining approaches to weight loss cannot be overstated. Methods: We performed a retrospective file analysis of patient files attending a 13-week weight loss program. Inclusion for analysis were files of adults (i.e., >18 years) completing the program consisting of chiropractic adjustments/spinal manipulative therapy augmented with diet/nutritional intervention, exercise and one-on-one counseling. Results: Sixteen of 30 people (i.e., 53.33%) completed the program. Statistically and clinically significant changes were noted in weight and BMI measures based on pre-treatment (average weight = 190.46 lbs. and BMI = 30.94 kg/m(2)) and comparative measurements (average weight = 174.94 lbs. and BMI = 28.50 kg/m(2)). Conclusion: A cohort of patients under enrolled in a weight loss program was described. This provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of a multi-modal approach to weight loss implemented in a chiropractic clinic.

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2014 May



Demaria, A., Demaria, C., Demaria, R., Alcantara, J. (2014) 'A weight loss program in a chiropractic practice: a retrospective analysis', Complement Ther Clin Pract.2014 May;20(2):125-9.

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