Chiropractic adjustments began producing a litany of evidence-based outcomes that benefit males and females of all ages dating back over 100 years. People do not often think of chiropractic being an essential part of proactive health for both adult and adolescent development, but research proves that a healthy and well-regulated nervous system sets the stage for a lifetime of optimal health.

One of the most important and often overlooked benefits of chiropractic care comes in the form of a positive impact on stress relief. Those children and adults yet to experience the benefits of chiropractic carry a stress load that could otherwise be uniquely reduced by simply initiating care for the spine and nervous system. The brain and nervous system direct hormones in the body. Hormones turn specific functions in the body on and off. Certain hormones produce peace, ease, and growth. Other hormones create heightened levels anxiety, stress, and inattentiveness.

Stress hormones regulate feelings commonly known as fight or flight responses. Stress hormones serve a great purpose when under specific circumstances such as being chased by a bear or trying to save a child from danger. These same hormones produce stress and anxiety when activated during normal, peaceful times of day during work, school, or at home with family.

Studies show that stress hormones increase when the spine rests in a misaligned or immovable position. Chiropractors expertly assess and correct spinal misalignments to reduce stress in the nervous system and body. Research from 2014 showed that a chiropractic adjustment reduced stress hormones in the blood, an indication of reduced overall stress load in the body.

Many people believe current issues and stressors exist at an all-time high. Individuals and families face anxiety over a pandemic, fears of sickness, political divisiveness, financial security, and other tensions that cause a surge in worry and fear. Chiropractors help people of all ages reduce stress loads so that their body becomes free to experience relief and calm in moments of fear and challenges. Spinal misalignments and nervous system interference usually occur without the presence of physical pain. The body attempts to adapt to adverse spinal positioning but does so at the expense of heightened stress loads and increased stress hormones. People may not physically feel a misaligned vertebra, but most people feel the physical presence of elevated stress and tension. Chiropractic offers the natural health alternative of a well-functioning body rather than pills and pharmaceutical drugs offered by other medical providers. A nervous system operating and healing at optimal levels offers a unique stress-relieving option for long term harmony and health building. Experience a more peaceful tomorrow with chiropractic.

The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.”
Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Francisco Molina-Ortega, Rafael Lomas-Vega, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Alexander Achalandabaso, Fidel Hita-Contreras

The human spine consists of 24 moveable vertebrae with padded-like discs positioned in between. The vertebrae attach to each other with ligaments but allow for movements in all direction. Each vertebra comprises part of a kinetic chain with three primary purposes. The first purpose holds a person up straight and forms the foundation for good posture. The second purpose allows for movement and the absorption of compressive forces. The third purpose protects and directs nerve function.

The spinal cord and nerves run through the spinal canal and have tentacle-like extensions in between each vertebra. Proper alignment of the spine allows each spinal nerve to exit the spinal canal with no tension or pressure. Tiny muscles and ligaments loaded with neurons surround the spinal vertebrae and rely on movement to send proper signals to the brain for proper function and control. When a spinal vertebra becomes even slightly misaligned or immobile, the nerve feedback to and from the brain becomes altered. This leads to a host of problems, minimizing the ability for a person to reach maximum health potential and movement. Chiropractors assess and test the spine for any such misalignment or movement deficits and apply specific adjustment techniques to correct them. Improved function and mobility occur as a result.

People coping with stress, misalignment, or lack of mobility in the spine will benefit from better function through chiropractic adjustments. Athletes represent a unique population that benefits from the unique advantages offered by chiropractic care. Simple research of the world’s elite athletes reflects a training staff consisting of a variety of specialists, including a chiropractor. Word continues to spread as testimony of this cutting-edge approach to better performance.

One of many specific examples comes from research completed in 2015 that showed athletes adjusted by Chiropractors experiencing an increase in their vertical jump height. Athletes exhibited an average increase in vertical jump height of 3.6 centimeters for following a series of alignment adjustments to the pelvis.

Chiropractic adjustments provide a unique edge and advantage both elite athletes and regular folks competing at life each and every day. Chiropractors assess and correct stress and misalignments in the spine through specific and gentle adjustments. Chiropractic certainly provides relief from pain and discomfort, yet the best approach to health care begins with being proactive. Allow chiropractic to help prevent injuries and maximize performance before the onset of pain or physical symptoms that call attention to damage within the body. The chiropractic advantage offers optimal performance and potential by ensuring each person experiences maximized function from the inside out.

The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.”
Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Francisco Molina-Ortega, Rafael Lomas-Vega, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Alexander Achalandabaso, Fidel Hita-Contreras

Going back to school usually coincides with annual checkups and physical health measurements. One of those check-ups usually includes a yearly physical exam from a pediatrician or family doctor. Doctors will advise on issues like diet, exercise, and vision in addition to monitoring the heart, blood pressure, and testing for diabetes. Student-athletes also undergo yearly physicals as a mandatory step in being cleared to practice and play in most states. 

Taking a child in for a yearly physical serves as a very similar reason that health conscious parents take their children to a chiropractor for a back to school spine and nervous system evaluation. Some parents do not yet understand the lifelong value of a spinal exam for a child or teen. The importance of spinal care for long term health cannot be measured and chiropractors pursue the mission of educating all people about proactive long-term health care.

A new shift towards preventative care encourages many parents to visit chiropractic offices for family checkups. The health of the spine intimately connects to the function of the brain and nervous system. Science and research continue to discover and unpack the importance of spinal alignment and movement on overall health, growth, focus and development for all ages. Misaligned or immovable sections of the spine negatively influence the central nervous system, setting off a cascade of hormones that lead to unwanted symptoms and conditions. 

Research done by medical doctors and published in peer-reviewed literature continues to reveal the influence of posture on overall health and well-being. One well known study evaluated posture using x-rays and plumb-line measurements. Every patient in the study listed specific symptoms or ailments they were suffering from that correlated with increased deviations in their spine and posture. Abnormal measures of blood pressure, pulse, and respiration were recorded. Research determined that every recorded aspect of health got worse as the posture deviations (shifts in posture) increased.

Abnormal spinal posture, misalignments and altered vertebral movement occur like tooth cavities without back or neck pain-type symptoms. The relationship between the spine and nervous system result in spinal abnormalities that alter the entire health function of a child or adult. The host of unhealthy outcomes and symptoms include less focus, less concentration, less energy, interference with immunity and digestion, and more. The spine intimately connects to the nervous system and interference limits health potential.

Annual health checkups and physicals serve a purpose of protecting and providing support for children engaged in periods of tremendous growth physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every child deserves an opportunity to experience optimized health and function. A return to school marks an annual rite of passage to a new year of growth. Let this year be a year of proactive health by scheduling a nervous system check-up with the family chiropractor.

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The benefits of a chiropractic adjustment go far beyond back and neck pain relief. Clinical evidence and patient results spanning the past 124 years suggest that chiropractic care uniquely influences whole body function by addressing spinal health.

The relationship between the spine and the central nervous system links chiropractic adjustments to improvements in many aspects of health, function, and human performance. Chiropractic benefits do not stay confined to merely helping adults with back or neck pain. Kids, adults, and the elderly all utilize regular chiropractic care for a variety of purposes. A 2017 research paper cited evidence gathered from a large population of adults who utilized chiropractic care. The study evaluated the predominant reasons why most chiropractic patients begin care and the unique results and achievements reported while under care.

Over 40% of chiropractic patients sought care for general wellness or disease prevention. Other patients pursued improvements in energy reserves, sports or athletic performance, and immune function. Another significant reason for care came from those pursuing memory and concentration benefits. During the course of care, patients attributed other benefits to improved nervous system care, including the ability to exercise more regularly, eat healthier, cut back or stop smoking, eat more organic food, and cut back or stop consuming alcohol.

An important question often asked by patients and other health professionals involves what makes a chiropractic adjustment so different than medical intervention. The biggest difference exists in the proactive intent of chiropractic. Medicine focuses on the treatment of a symptom, but chiropractic adjustments proactively induce motion and improved alignment of the spine with the intent to remove stress and interference from the nervous system. Reducing stress and interference through spinal adjustments empowers the nervous system to begin resolving correctable symptoms and health concerns within the body. This science explains why so many patients experience health benefits that initially seem unrelated to the spine.

The 2017 study determined that chiropractic care improved overall health and symptom relief in 67% of reporting patients. Another 42% of patients reported sleep benefits, 40% experienced reduction in stress levels, 38% identified a greater ease to cope with health problems, and 27% felt an improvement in their emotional health. The landmark chiropractic study also reported that 62% of chiropractic patients felt drawn to chiropractic because it treats the cause of health issues rather than just treating the symptoms. 38% reported an affinity to chiropractic because the natural health care pathway avoids the use of harmful and dangerous interventions. The first adjustment took place in 1895. Over 120 years of history testifies to people of all ages, race, color, and creed getting well and maximizing function and life experience through the benefits of chiropractic. People need not struggle through days filled with chronic pain, disease, and reliance on medications that produce harmful side effects. Chiropractic offers a relevant, proven alternative that invites a new season of health and vibrant life.

Spine (Philadelphia PA 1976) December 2017
The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Chiropractic Use Among US Adults: Results From the 2012 National Health Interview Survey.” Jon Adams, Wenbo Peng, Holger Cramer, Tobias Sundberg, Craig Moore, Lyndon Amorin-Woods, David Sibbritt, Romy Lauche

Chiropractors began helping men, women, and children of all ages get and stay well without the use of drugs and surgery in 1895. The Chiropractic profession stands the test of time through patient-centered care and results. Research continues to show the value of Chiropractic care through evidence that shows a reduction in the need for drugs, surgery, and expensive forms of healthcare.

Current research evaluated the cost effectiveness of Chiropractor care compared to standard medical care. The research reveals that people with insurance coverage that includes a Chiropractors care experienced lower annual healthcare costs. A blue cross and blue shield insurance study documented that those who first sought Chiropractic-guided treatment saved an average of 40% on annual healthcare cost. Seeking Chiropractic treatment actually reduced overall medical spending.

Chiropractic treatment also led to a 60% decrease in spinal surgeries and produced more favorable outcomes. People who seek relief for lower back pain through the medical care model usually end up taking addictive painkillers that often lead to negative outcomes. Patients who visit Chiropractors not only discover relief from neck and lower back pain at a lower annual cost, but also report long-term outcomes that produce more effective long term wellness.

Over a dozen states in the US embrace alternative therapy options like Chiropractic care to combat the cost of the opioid abuse epidemic. The Missouri health division committee estimated that such savings would exceed $25 million by 2019. Another dynamic model estimated savings of up to $42 million. A large portion of that savings (up to $6.4 million) directly attributed to using Chiropractic care for treatment, including reduced costs from of spinal surgery. The largest source of savings in this model stemmed from how much money would be saved if people chose Chiropractic to manage pain and seek healing rather than devolve into an abyss of dangerous opioids. Savings in this category ranged from $11.2 million to $42 million.

Research shows that Chiropractic care provides better outcomes at lower cost for people in pain. Chiropractic leads to a reduction in the cost of spinal surgery while producing significant savings from reduced use and abuse of opioid prescription drugs. Studies continue to show the value of Chiropractic care for individuals as well as the whole of society. Chiropractic will continue to be a key healthcare profession utilized to lower costs, improve outcomes, reduce drug abuse, and help improve quality of life for all ages.

Journal of Chiropractic Humanities December 2019
Cost-Efficiency and Effectiveness of Including Doctors of Chiropractic to Offer Treatment Under Medicaid: A Critical Appraisal of Missouri Inclusion of Chiropractic Under Missouri Medicaid.
John R McGowan, Leonard Suiter

This can be a nasty condition. It’s pain on the bottom of the foot, usually in the heel, into the arch and sometimes the forefoot. Typically it’s worse in the mornings like the first step out of bed is really painful.

There’s two main components to what’s going on with someone dealing with plantar fasciitis.

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Ergonomics in the workplace and how sitting can be causing you unnecessary pain. In this video I’ve got some strategies to help you out

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The Research Says…

A popular myth once deterred people receiving the countless benefits of Chiropractic care. The myth involved the assertion that once a person engaged with Chiropractic care, they became forever bound to continue or risk a detrimental outcome. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Americans champion their freedom. Health care represents one of the many ways in which people embrace freedom of choice in the form of doctors, treatments, diets, and supplements. Even people with specific insurance plans maintain the freedom to pursue health outside the limits and bounds of insurance offerings. Chiropractic care also offers the freedom to pursue short term or long-term care.

The misconception regarding Chiropractic revolved ironically around the reality of positive results within the nervous system. Meditation, exercise, and vitamins all represent health choices which become increasingly beneficial through regularity. Lifestyle choices impact health. A person choosing Chiropractic care or other form of lifestyle choice intended for long term health improvement noticed results over a period of time and consistency. Those benefits naturally revert and deteriorate when someone chooses to step away from that lifestyle choice, whether it be exercise, a healthy diet, or Chiropractic care.

Groundbreaking research published in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals showed the value and benefits of regular Chiropractic adjustments. The study randomly divided a group of sixty patients with back pain. The first group received placebo adjustments throughout the trial. The second group received three real adjustments per week for four weeks with no follow up care. The third group received three real adjustments per week for four weeks with one additional adjustment every two weeks for the following nine months.

Results declared what most Chiropractors witness on a regular basis. The groups receiving real adjustments reported significant relief and improved function compared to the group receiving placebo adjustments. Further evidence revealed that participants who received on-going adjustments every two weeks achieved the highest level of function, comfort, mobility, and life quality. The group who received positive initial results with real adjustments before reverting to a previous lifestyle experienced diminished results over time. The reality of the study reflects in other arenas of health care. People maintain the freedom to make lifestyle choices which produce positive outcomes over a period of consistency and regularity. People also lose progress when they revert to a previous, less healthy lifestyle.

Chiropractic care provides maintenance and healing within the body. Evidence-based research proved long ago that adjustments create improved health and function within the body. Someone acclimated to better health will experience a deterioration of their health when they choose to no longer care for their nervous system. A similar outcome would occur in someone who exercises and maintains a healthy diet but chooses to become sedentary and eat foods high in fat.

A consistent approach to proactive health care empowers entire families to better function and life quality. Chiropractic patients experience genuine improvement in health and performance by unlocking potential within the body. Regular adjustments ensure that optimal health for the entire family remains a never-ending pursuit.

Spine (Phila PA 1976) August 2011
Does Maintained Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Result in Better Long-Term Outcome? Mohammed K Senna, Shereen A Machaly

Science defines vertigo as a sudden internal or external spinning sensation, often triggered by moving the head too quickly. The words vertigo and dizziness often interchange to describe the feeling of spinning while a person sits or stands still. Episodes of dizziness and vertigo account for over 10 million visits to the doctor each year. These symptoms incapacitate the strongest and most able-bodied people. An equilibrium problem devastates the quality of life for anyone affected. The primary medical options to address vertigo consists of medication.

Conventional medical professionals typically recommend brain and nervous system imaging for vertigo sufferers to rule out possible abnormal tissue growth. Negative images usually prompt a round of drug therapy. Drugs used to treat dizziness and vertigo come with the price of unwanted nervous system side effects. The list of side effects associated with vertigo tends to be lengthy due to the chemistry involved in medications that impact the nervous system. People suffering from vertigo often endure these uncomfortable effects out of desperation to bring dizzy spells under control. A solution exists outside the realm of drugs and surgery.

Research published in 1998 and again in 2016 linked the alignment and function of the upper neck as a major factor in the presence or absence of dizziness. Nerves in and around the bones and tissue in the upper neck and skull branch directly to parts of the brain that coordinate balance and equilibrium. Studies showed that 62% of patients suffering from vertigo experienced misalignments and dysfunction in the three bones of the upper neck. 77% of those patients reported a significant alleviation of symptoms after experiencing a correction in spinal alignment.

Over 10 million doctor visits take place each year to seek relief for vertigo related symptoms. The research determined that more than three out of every four people suffering from dizziness received permanent healing and restoration from seeking pain-free Chiropractic intervention rather than consuming a cycle of medications. A non-invasive health care option focuses on health and healing rather than the consumption and toil of drugs and side effects.

Chiropractors do not seek to treat symptoms or conditions like vertigo. Spinal care focuses on removing interference from the brain and central nervous system. The direct and intimate relationship between the spine and central nervous system explains how and why vertigo patients experience relief from dizzy spells. Chiropractors spend years in advanced education to learn how to assess the health of the spine with precision and correct any areas of interference and stress on the nervous system.

Many factors contribute to dizziness and vertigo, but none more consistently than upper neck misalignments. Science coined the term “cervical vertigo” back in 1955 to describe the cause of many unwanted dizziness and vertigo symptoms. Cervical bones comprise the spinal bones in the neck. Chiropractors continue to bring healing and restoration to the same causes which existed over 60 years ago when professionals traced the causes of vertigo to issues in the neck. Chiropractic care offers a drug free alternative that pursues permanent healing in the body. 10 million annual visits to the doctor proves the need for a better alternative. Chiropractic works.

European Spine Journal: Official Publication of The European Spine Society, The European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 1998
“Vertigo in Patients with Cervical Spine Dysfunction.” R GalmM RittmeisterE Schmitt