When you finally come to terms with the fact that you have an eating disorder, the next important step to take is to determine your treatment plan so that you can overcome your struggles. Standard treatments include medical care for any physical damage done to organs, teeth, and the like, and individual and group therapies to help overcome the mental health issues that started your eating disorder behaviors and habits. However, aside from these standard treatment protocols, there are alternative treatment options that can be used to supplement your care and provide you with a holistic approach to your eating disorder recovery.
While you may not think that sessions with a chiropractor will help you to overcome your eating disorder, it may do just that. Chiropractic care stems from the idea that misalignments in the spine cause a great deal of problems throughout the body. This is because a misaligned spine disrupts the proper function of the nervous system which transmits messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
Spinal adjustments at the chiropractor can help to reduce aches and pains in your body that result from being malnourished. They can also help to relax you and reduce stress while undergoing treatment. Finally, visits to the chiropractor can help to get your body back to proper functioning and digestion to overcome the damage done through your eating disorder behaviors.
Acupuncture is another treatment option that you may not have thought of as an option for treating your eating disorder. However, when used alongside traditional treatments, it can be quite useful.
Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years and focuses on the idea that the body operates through a series of flowing energies. When those energies are out of sync, the mind and body suffer greatly. To remedy the problem, an acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into specific energy points or hubs. These needles stimulate the energies to rebalance themselves and flow properly.
Acupuncture contends that eating disorder symptoms are the result of deficiencies and problems in the digestive organs and the heart. Energy points in the hands, feet, and torso are stimulated with acupuncture needles to aid in the recovery process and to help heal the digestive organs that have suffered as a result of your eating disorder.
Using these alternative treatment options will help you to create a holistic treatment plan to recover from your eating disorder. Keep these and other options in mind in your recovery process.