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Nutrition Programs

For many people, nutrition is an integral part of a rehabilitation process. Nutrition can also be a rehabilitation treatment of its own.

Many of the cases we see in our clinics can be avoided if optimal nutrition and preventive exercise become part of the patient’s lifetstyle.  At SOL Physical Therapy + Performance, our exceptional Nutrition  Clinicians provide customized strategies that will improve your health and fit your individual lifestyle.  

We offer programs for those suffering from conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, women’s health and weight management issues. We also provide sports nutrition assistance, complete nutrition evaluations with follow up assessments, diet and meal plans, and nutrition and weight management classes.  Our Nutrition programs can also address dietary issues related to cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, food allergies, gastrointestinal disease, osteoporosis and geriatric care.

Approach To Care

SOL’s Nutrition Program offers a multidisciplinary approach, working with you and your healthcare providers, taking into account your specific health and nutrition needs.  Our dietitian meets with you one-on-one to analyze your specific nutrition and wellness needs. Readiness for change is discussed and specific nutrition goals mutually established between you and the clinician. Customized diet information and realistic implementation strategies that fit your lifestyle are taught, empowering you to improve your health and energy levels while also building a better and healthier you.

Top 5 Pain-Related Conditions

Over time, we’ve found that nutritional screening and informational strategies can make a difference in 5 conditions associated with pain that we often see in our practices at SOL Physical Therapy + Performance:

  1. Inflammation. Copious inflammatory foods, including vegetable oils, populate the Western diet. Most observational and interventional studies show a traditional Mediterranean diet, rich in healthy fatty acids, fruits, vegetables and fiber, provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Among specific conditions, studies show a Mediterranean diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants provide anti-inflammatory effects that benefit individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. Epidemiologic and clinical evidence likewise shows an optimal diet can reduce inflammation that, among other things, contributes to metabolic syndrome.
  2. Obesity. A vicious cycle ensues as obesity contributes to numerous chronic pain conditions, and the pain in turn can lead to sedentary behavior that increases obesity. Studies prove what we’ve seen countless times in my own practice: weight loss must become a crucial aspect of overall pain rehabilitation.
  3. Osteoarthritis (OA). Studies have shown a relationship between pain and food intake among overweight and obese patients with OA. Fortunately, obesity is the most modifiable risk factor for knee OA. Of course, pain management is crucial to reducing OA symptoms. But even that may have a nutrition connection: one systematic review found scientific evidence to support some specific nutritional interventions–including omega 3 fatty acids–to relieve symptoms among patients with OA. Studies also show various nutrient deficiencies, including vitamins C and D as well as selenium, contribute to OA.
  4. Autoimmune disease. NIH estimates that 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease (compare that with cancer, which affects 13 million Americans). Over 80 autoimmune disorders exist, including Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. Of course, genetic predisposition, environmental factors (including infections), and gut dysbiosis play major roles in autoimmune disease development. Researchers increasingly believe adverse dietary changes over the past 50 years–including gluten intolerances, altered gut bacteria, and vitamin D deficiencies–also contribute to that increased rate of autoimmune diseases. Chief among those changes is our prevalent high-sugar, high-salt, processed-food heavy diet that paves the pathway for autoimmune diseases. Nutrient-poor diets only exacerbate that problem: evidence shows vitamin D, vitamin A, selenium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and flavanol deficiencies contribute to autoimmune diseases.
  5. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans (that’s over 9% of the population) and paves the way for serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetic neuropathic pain, a common diabetes complication and the most common form of neuropathic pain, affects over 90% of people with diabetes. Studies show increased musculoskeletal pain in patients with type 2 diabetes adversely impacts body mass index, quality of life, physical function, and physical activity abilities. The link between diabetes and nutrition is a fundamental one that should never be set aside.

You don’t need to be a current patient to get started on a fitness and wellness program that is tailored to your individual needs.

Just take three simple steps:

  1. Make an appointment with one of our Fitness and Wellness Experts by calling 510-547-1630. The initial consultation is complimentary.
  2. Complete our “True Health Assessment” Form before your initial consultation.
  3. Make a commitment and be ready for positive health changes in your life. All programs are uniquely designed taking into account your specific needs and budget.
SOL Service :Nutrition Programs
SOL Locations :SOL Main Clinic; SOL Performance; SOL Working Body
Primary Benefits :Comprehensive Analysis of Current Eating Habits + Medical Issues; Identification of Areas for Improvement; Recommendations for Lasting Change; Individualized Diet and Meal Plans; Self-management Toolss; Nutrition and Weight Management Classes; Recipe makeovers and analysis.
Common Conditions :Inflammation; Obesity; Osteoarthritis; Autoimmune Disease; Pre-Diabetes and Type II Diabetes

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