Nutrition & spinal injury

Spinal injury often leads to dramatic social and psychological challenges. Nutritional advice needs to be delivered in a manner that empowers people, with control and independence.

The holistic management of rehabilitation in spinal injury is imperative in recognising the important role nutrition plays in mental health and quality of life – meeting nutritional needs, for optimal rehabilitation and prevention of chronic disease.

Nutritional needs in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Changes to body composition are common following spinal cord injury. Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass raises the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and diabetes – dramatically reducing rehabilitation potential and quality of life.

Human Back Disease

Nutrition plays an important role in skin integrity and the prevention and healing of pressure sores. Good nutrition to maintain an ideal bodyweight prevents pressure sores developing and maintaining protective lean muscle mass ‘padding’.

Optimising nutrition for skin health reduces pressure sore severity and healing time, preventing the pain, discomfort, and associated hospital admissions. Good nutrition provides your body with the building blocks required to repair damaged tissue for optimal skin integrity and upper body joint repair and protection.

Bowel and bladder issues can cause medical and emotional distress to those following spinal injury. These gastro complications caused by neurogenic bowel dysfunction and dehydration need to be managed both nutritionally and medically by the person and their rehabilitation team to holistically optimise rehabilitation and prevent kidney, bladder and bowel disease development.

Nutritional education following SCI

Red pepper Nutrition prides itself on providing nutritional advice in a manner that increases control and understanding, meeting with those in need, ‘where they are at’ with an accepting, empowering and engaging delivery of dietetic support and education.