VA & Nutritional Health

With so many Veterans in Hawaii struggling to find employment and places to live, it’s no surprise that nutritional health isn’t at the top of every Veteran’s priority list. While Active Duty Military, you are often putting your nutrition on the back burner. Nutrition can play a huge role in your healing process after an injury or while you are dealing with chronic pain.  At VA hospitals around the country, dietitians work with members of the VA every day to care for the nutritional needs of vets.

A VA Dietitians job is to assess the nutrition and educational needs of Veterans during and after their hospital stay. This means an in-depth interview about what the Veteran eats, as well as diet education and counseling while in the hospital. The dietitian plays a key role for those needing specialized nutrition through tube feeding, altered textured diets (such as those with swallowing issues) or unique needs for vitamins, minerals or other nutrients. As we know, proper nutrition is critical for wound healing, preventing and resolving dehydration and malnutrition, as well as playing a huge part in chronic pain and physical therapy. The food you eat is fuel for your body and is crucial in healing.

The OSR Weight Management  team has worked with many Veterans here in Hawaii. OSR Weight Management uses the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, a supervised weight loss method with personalized one-on-one weekly coaching support and education. Our protocol burns fat, while supporting muscle mass – why is that important? – because if muscle is lost during dieting it inhibits your ability to burn calories post diet. Thus, dieters regain almost all their lost weight within 5 years after dieting. Therefore, all Ideal Protein’s food products contain an average of 15+ grams of protein to assist your muscle retention while you shed your excess pounds.

Losing excess weight is one of the best things that you can do for your body if you are suffering from chronic pain. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we see Veterans every day that are dealing with chronic pain. Some of the conditions that we treat here at OSR are:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia Pain
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tension
  • Stress
  • Muscle Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • and much more!

If you are suffering from chronic pain, call us today at 488-5555 to set up a complimentary consultation.

 

Resources: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/35956/va-dietitians-outline-their-roles-at-various-va-facilities-and-health-care-settings/

 

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