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

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 May;20(2):125-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.007. Epub 2013 Dec 14.


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.

Keywords: Chiropractic; Counseling; Diet; Exercise; Weight loss.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods*
  • Counseling
  • Diet Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Chiropractic / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Overweight / therapy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Weight Reduction Programs / methods*