SOURCE: Fenton Family Chiropractic

April 17, 2012 10:00 ET

Nutrition Counseling Deemed Critical for Weight Loss and Back Pain Relief

FENTON, MO--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - Fenton chiropractor Dr. Margaret Freihaut, who owns and operates Fenton Family Chiropractic, reports there is a strong link between nutrition counseling for weight loss and reduced back pain. Freihaut designs nutritionally-based weight loss plans for many overweight patients. She explains that while some patients need to lose weight to fine-tune their overall wellness situation, she also helps patients struggling with severe obesity. She often recommends the hCG weight loss program for these patients. She says that the vast majority of patients who lose weight on her nutritional plans report improved health and pain relief for many of the conditions they previously suffered.

According to Dr. Freihaut, nutrition is critical for wellness and weight loss. "Combating obesity is one of the most critical health goals for doctors and patients today, and nutritional counseling and exercise counseling are central to that goal. We've known for a long time that being overweight exacerbates conditions like heart disease, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, back pain, and other illnesses, most of which are preventable." Dr. Freihaut provides personalized nutritional counseling along with chiropractic care to patients throughout Fenton, High Ridge, Valley Park, House Springs, Sunset Hills, Cedar Hill, and Arnold.

Dr. Freihaut cites a recent study by the Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York, which established a strong link between obesity and pain. While the exact mechanisms causing increased pain in obese people are still under investigation, the relationship between increased Body Mass Index (BMI) and pain were clear: People with BMIs from 30 to 34 reported 68 percent more pain than people with a normal BMI; people with BMIs from 35 to 39 reported 136 percent more pain; those struggling with a BMI over 40 complained of 245 percent more pain. Dr. Freihaut says that medical science shows that excess weight leads to poor posture, which pulls the musculoskeletal system out of alignment. This leads to pinched nerves, which can lead to more pain throughout the body.

According to Dr. Freihaut people lose weight better when they follow an individualized plan because not everybody responds well to the same type of nutritional program. She provides each patient a thorough exam first and then designs a plan specifically for them. She frequently recommends the hCG weight loss plan for severely obese patients because it takes weight off quickly through the use of low-dose pregnancy hormones and a low-calorie diet. Dr. Freihaut says the goal with all of her nutritional plans, including the hCG weight loss plan, is to help patients achieve a healthy weight and maintain it long term for optimal wellness.

Dr. Freihaut stresses how important it is to achieve a healthy weight: "Weight loss isn't just about looking good anymore; it's about staying alive and achieving a healthy quality of life that feels great."

Dr. Margaret Freihaut has been practicing in Fenton, MO since 1984 and has twice won the Doctor of the Year for Missouri Chiropractic Association Award. Her website is located at

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  • Fenton Family Chiropractic
    Fenton, MO