The Importance Of Chiropractic Continues To Rise

The debilitating effects of back pain torments millions of people worldwide. Approximately 700 million people suffer from back pain. Studies estimate that nearly 85% of the population will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Researchers warn that those experiencing low back pain experience a 13% increased risk of early death. Proactively eliminating the source of the low back pain before facing a permanent problem represents one of the most important health pursuits any individual can make.

Low back pain often falls into the category of being a nagging inconvenience that comes and goes. A 2017 medical study speaks to low back pain being symptomatic of something much more threatening. The research determined that subjects enduring back pain experienced an astonishing 13% higher risk of dying early compared to those who had no pain.

“This is a significant finding as many people think that back pain is not life-threatening,” said Paulo Ferreira, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and contributor to the research.

The quantity of people exposed to the devastating effects of low back pain has become the most concerning aspect of this research. Statistics show that five out of every six people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. People benefit from understanding that the reality of these episodes involves consequences beyond simply relieving the temporary pain. Pursuing proactive prevention and treatment of lower back pain proves paramount for long-term health.

Chiropractors help men, women, and children of all ages reduce and eliminate back pain. Research confirms that the benefits of chiropractic adjustments extend far beyond pain relief. Some links between low back pain and increased risk of early death can be explained with neuroscience. Subluxations, defined as small subtle shifts and altered movement in spinal vertebrae, interfere with the nervous system. Left undetected and uncorrected, a subluxation negatively influences the vital autonomic functions of the body.

Chiropractors specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. Proactive health care does not simply focus on alleviating or preventing back pain. Nervous system care pursues maximized performance and function of the entire body. Optimal health means avoiding pain, suffering, and other challenges that otherwise manifest into significant issues later in life.  Back pain will continue to pose major problems for average citizens and the healthcare system. Chiropractors possess a proven track record of helping men and women of all ages overcome and prevent the onset of back pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Research continues to compile indisputable of evidence that chiropractic care combats the devastating effects of pain. Proactive health care begins with chiropractic.


European Journal of Pain (London, England) 2017 “Is this back pain killing me? All-cause and cardiovascular-specific mortality in older Danish twins with spinal pain”
M Fernandez1E Boyle 2 3J Hartvigsen 2 4M L Ferreira 5 6K M Refshauge 1C G Maher 5K Christensen 7J L Hopper 8P H Ferreira 1

Hi, my name is Dr. Aaron Casselman from Pinnacle Chiropractic. And I’ve got a quick video for you today about a situation that I hear a lot of patients mention to me when they first come in. That their lower back pain or back pain anywhere really, but usually lower back pain is moving around a lot. And it doesn’t stay in one spot. That’s very confusing for people. It’s actually super, super common. If you think about the spine, we’ve got 27 bones stacked on top of each other and each level there’s nine joints. There is so much going on in the spine. If you hurt one of these things, you can feel it almost anywhere. It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly where the problem is just based on where the pain location is. So when someone hurts their back, it’s going to start on the left and then moves to the right. And then I hear all the time. It works its way up to the middle or upper back.

This is really, really common it’s because the spine is so complex or so many joints in there. If you hurt your elbow, you’re going to have elbow pain. It’s basically a hinge. It’s not going to move around typically, maybe radiate a tad, but in general, it’s going to be right in your elbow. The spine is a totally different situation. In addition, the spine also houses your nervous system. So if you have a spinal issue, not only can that area hurt and they can move around that area. But now because of those nerves are coming out of your spine, you can have problems wherever those nerves go as well. So for example, if you have a neck issue, you can have pain all around your neck or even in your head.

But now because it’s in the neck, the nerves that come out of your neck, go down your arm into your hands. So you could have problems in your arm or hand even. And in the lower back, that same thing happens down into the leg or foot. A lot of people call that Sciatica. That’s because the nerves are coming out of the spine. So this pain moves around and you can feel in different parts of your body. And it’s actually really common. It’s actually more common for people to have moving pain around spinal issues, as opposed to the pain that just stays in the same place. Hopefully that cleared some stuff up for you. If you guys need anything or have any questions or anything, Pinnacle Chiropractic, I’m Dr. Aaron Casselman, talk to you soon.

An old adage instructs that good things come to those who wait. Waiting to make health care choices proves to be a major exception to the time-honored virtue of patience. Dental checkups, mammograms, prostate exams and physicals help detect problems early or address them before they turn into a larger problem. New research proves the value of early intervention to address back and sciatica pain.

Human beings tend to treat problems reactively rather than visualize problems on the horizon.  Preventative care and proactive of health decisions represent some of the smartest and most cost-effective approaches for the whole family. The brain tends to address issues of immediate concern. The brain usually waits (reactively) until pain presents before calling attention to a health issue. Too often the problem existed for a previous time and could have been addressed to a healthier end.

Compelling research published in October 2020 showed that early intervention proved to be an essential ingredient in achieving long-term health satisfaction. Improvements in functional disability, pain intensity, and overall satisfaction resulted for people who sought early therapy and manual care intervention compared to people who waited or elected to use drug-therapy. The standard medical process for people with back pain and sciatica usually involves drug therapy to mask the pain while waiting to see if the problem progresses. This reactive approach risks greater long-term expenditure and the dangers of regular use of powerful pharmaceuticals. The wait and see approach combined with pain medication acknowledges a problem exists but does nothing to repair, fix, or heal the issue but rather allows the condition to persist.

Chiropractic care and physical therapy interventions help address problems before they become bigger and more permanent. Chiropractors use objective and specialized testing to determine the location and extent of a problem that needs to be addressed. America prescribes more prescription drugs than any country in the world. That reality contrasts with parents and families making a conscious decision to raise children and pursue health choices that do not involve dependency or need for medications. Chiropractic and physical therapeutic healthcare continue to gain momentum and popularity because of research that reveals the benefits of working with the body and honoring its ability to heal itself. When it comes to health care, good things come to those who don’t wait.


Annals of Internal Medicine January 2021 Physical Therapy Referral From Primary Care for Acute Back Pain With Sciatica : A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Julie M Fritz, Elizabeth Lane, Molly McFadden, Gerard Brennan, John S Magel, Anne Thackeray, Kate Minick, Whitney Meier, Tom Greene

The presence of pain does not represent a strong indicator of a person’s overall health status. In other words, health cannot be accurately measured by the presence or absence of pain. Incredible amounts of research indicates that pain does not usually represent the root of a problem but alerts an individual to a greater problem that advanced far beyond the body’s ability to cope or manage. Pain usually represents a final symptom rather than a root cause. Achieving optimal health and healing means addressing the causes of health conditions rather than simply masking pain.

Many care providers agree that pain speaks loudest and stays longest. A problem existed long before the pain and demands attention before the pain will subside. Long term health and improvement without drugs or surgery require intervention that gets to the source. As a chiropractor I focus on finding and addressing the structural cause of painful problems rather than simply treating the symptoms or the effects of the cause.

Many parts, functions, and processes in the body cannot be felt. Cavities in teeth, plaque build-up in blood vessels, high cholesterol, and even cancer represent some of the many examples of silent problems that speak up loudly and painfully in the late stages of sickness. Consistent check-ups and teeth cleaning at the dentist, health physicals with the family physician, stress tests with the cardiologist, and cancer screenings serve as examples of health care providers understanding the immense value in proactive health care in advance of signs or symptoms. Regular spinal check-ups and adjustments with the chiropractor offer one of the most powerful forms of proactive health care available to men, women, and children.

The benefits of a chiropractic adjustment go far beyond pain relief, and the benefits begin to manifest in many ways that prevent pain from ever occurring.  Research from 2015 looked at spinal MRI scans of a large population of people who experienced no pain or symptoms. Over twenty percent of those studied were found to have disc degeneration, disc herniations, or protrusions in the spine with no symptoms. These ailments would eventually lead to chronic low back pain and the likelihood of needing to use powerful pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery. This example represents one of many ways in which a silent and unhealthy condition exists without pain until the condition becomes extremely advanced and nearly irreparable. 

The benefit of chiropractic has no prerequisite of pain. Kids, adults, and even infants of all ages experience the benefits of chiropractic without ever experiencing conditions in need of pain resolution. Chiropractic benefits everyone. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo extensive training and education that enables them to assess, diagnose, and begin the process of allowing the body to heal proactively. The proactive path to optimal health begins with chiropractic.


American Journal of Neuroradiology September 2015
MRI Findings of Disc Degeneration are More Prevalent in Adults with Low Back Pain than in Asymptomatic Controls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”
W Brinjikji, F E Diehn, J G Jarvik, C M Carr, D F Kallmes, M H Murad, P H Luetmer

Research Reveals Shocking Effects Of Poor Posture On Overall Health

Startling research shows that increased usage of phones and computers bring about a variety of health challenges that compound over time. Surveys conclude that billions of people spend extensive time on cell phones every single day. Chiropractors face concern that cell phone usage occurs with the spine and neck in a flexed, forward position. Prolonged use of a cell phone with the head in a state of forward flexion creates a variety of unwanted health challenges. This health epidemic continues to create new conditions and diagnoses specifically to address forward head posture. Likewise, new strategies develop to counteract the stressors that occur from text neck and computer posture.

Time spent on cell phones continues to increase all over the world. A study performed in 2014 evaluated the effects of forward head posture stemming from the stresses of using cell phones and other devices. The findings clearly showed that computer screens, tablets, and cell phone use create forward head posture and add significant stress to the spine resulting in early spinal degeneration. Loss of the natural curve in the neck leads to incrementally increased stress on the cervical (neck) spine. The stresses accelerate early wear, tear, degeneration, and the increased possibility of surgery.

Poor posture occurs when the head and shoulders tilt forward and the mid back becomes rounded. The average person spends between two to four hours a day with their head flexed forward for reading and texting on their smart phones. This amounts to 700-1400 hours of excess, abnormal cervical spine stress per year. Research shows the average high school student spends even more time on their phone accounting for an extra 5000 hours in poor posture per year.

Good upper spine and body posture defines as the ears being aligned with the shoulders and the scapula retracted. Proper alignment diminishes spinal stress. Not only does good posture create less wear and tear on the spine and discs, it also associates with elevated levels of testosterone, increases in serotonin, decreases in cortisol, and more feelings of confidence. Poor posture associates with reductions in testosterone levels, reduced serotonin, increased cortisol, and reduced feelings of confidence. Regular chiropractic adjustments working together with good posture habits help reduce the stressors of text neck and computer posture while increasing hormones associated with confidence, joy and self-esteem. Take the necessary action steps to avoid this preventable epidemic while still enjoying the benefits that technology affords.

4 Tips to Eliminate Postural Stress from Cell Phones

  1. Stay on track with your Chiropractic Treatment Plan – adjustments reduce wear and tear in the joints and discs, lower tension in the muscles, and improve function of the nervous system.
  2. Utilize Good Posture Habits and tools to support spinal curves and posture, especially when sitting. 
  3. Drink More Water – water forces movement to the bathroom every 60-90 minutes.
  4. Stretch the head, neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs 2x per day.

Surgical Technology International November 2014 Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Kenneth K Hansraj

New Research Sheds Light On A Painful Topic

Disc herniations plague millions of people every year. The most common route taken by most seeking pain relief comes from strong medication, cortisone shots, and back surgery. Back pain can be so severe that many suffering from such stabbing and burning pain resort to anything that produces even the slightest bit of comfort. Sleep becomes a chore and evening rest tends to be the worst for those suffering from the pain of a disc herniation. No amount of positioning provides enough pain relief to sleep as the minutes dwindle by before the start of another pain-filled workday. Solutions outside of drugs and surgery exist that reduce pain and promote healing for those suffering from disc herniations.

Sometimes people call a herniation a slipped disc. That image proves inaccurate because the discs within the spine cannot slip. The discs in the spine look somewhat like two dinner plates stacked with a water balloon in between them. The plates represent the bones, and the water balloon represents the gel comprising an intervertebral disc. Injuries, degeneration, continuous wear and tear, or a combination of all these factors cause a part of the water balloon to tear. The tear forces the gel-like substance to protrude outside the balloon. This resembles the mechanism of what happens with a herniated disc.

The cartilage material on the outside of the disc tears, and a gel-like substance protrudes out into the spinal canal. Discomfort and pressure on the nerves produce burning and stabbing pain along the path of the nerve. Disc herniations can heal without surgery and many therapies have been proven to help people suffering from disc herniations. Disc decompression, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and natural therapies represent some pathways to success.

Research from 2014 studied a group of adults living with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations (confirmed by an MRI). The patients receiving low back adjustments from a chiropractor achieved extraordinary results. The percentage of patients in this study reporting substantial improvement after one month of care was close to 80%. Approximately 90% of patients with back pain, leg pain, and disc herniations reported significant benefits from spinal adjustments after six months.

Unaddressed spinal subluxations also represent a cause of disc herniations. Proactive chiropractic care serves as a method of prevention evident in the research study. Chiropractors do not specifically target herniated discs or other symptoms related to the spine. A chiropractic adjustment improves spinal mobility and alignment and reduces interference in the nervous system to allow the body to better heal itself. Chiropractic represents a front-line option for those suffering from back pain, sciatica, or disc related issues. Options exist for those faced with a decision regarding whether or not to pursue invasive care like spinal surgery or the risk of powerful and addicting pharmaceuticals. Pain relief exists with chiropractic care.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics March-April 2014
“Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up.” Serafin Leemann, Cynthia K Peterson, Christof Schmid, Bernard Anklin, Kim Humphreys

Laura came to see us after a car accident with pain in both her neck and her low back. We suspected a disc injury, especially in her low back. One part of her treatment protocol is spinal decompression. Check out how we set her up.

Degenerative Disc, Bulging Disc, Herniated Disc, Thinning Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica…

Our clinic specializes in treating chronic severe back and spine problems using our breakthrough non-surgical back and spine procedure. We know those with chronic back discomfort have often tried several treatments with disappointing results and that they simply want a treatment that works.

Patients who were told they needed surgery were able to avoid the surgery with the decompression treatments. Our program is very successful even with the most difficult cases.

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In this video I answer the question “Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Hurt?”

This is definitely one of the most common questions I get about chiropractic care. Listen in and find out.

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✅ This includes a 1-on-1 Consultation and case review, functional exam, customized treatment recommendations, and review any previous X-rays and MRI’s that you may have had, and first treatment (if deemed safe and necessary). Normally $275 In this promotion you can get it for ONLY $37

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Insurance: We are part of a multidisciplinary provider network that allows us to use multiple parts of your In-Network insurance policy. At Pinnacle you are no longer limited to just your chiropractic benefit. This allows for better treatment and In-Network insurance coverage for our patients. If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to call our office.

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

Hi, I just want to make a quick video about spinal decompression. You guys might’ve heard of this. My name is Dr. Aaron Casselman at Pinnacle Chiropractic here in Highlands Ranch. So this is a spinal decompression table and spinal decompression is a treatment that very gently, basically pulls apart decompresses the spine. And the goal is to target the disc. So this is for people who have disc injuries, disc irritations, bulging disks, herniated disc, etc. And by taking the pressure off it, we can decrease pain at the area. And also by pulling the disc apart, very gently pulling a disc apart, you can get bulges and even herniations to sort of draw back away from the edge of the disc towards the center. So if the disc is putting pressure on a nerve, for example, which goes down the leg, you can actually mechanically remove tension off of that nerve.

So done repetitively, you can actually get a disc which has a very poor blood supply and heals rates slowly. Typically in an adult, you can get a disc to heal using the spinal decompression therapy. So the table, again, it’s not aggressive. It’s a very gentle and slow treatment, but it can have very profound results. And typically we can do that on people with neck, disc issues and lower back disc issues. So some of the symptoms of a disc problem in a neck, aside from neck pain, is going to be numbness and tingling at your arms and hands in the lower back, the same thing. You can have numbness, tingling, and pain into the legs or feet in some people even get weakness in their extremities, weakness in the feet or hands. So on your first visit in the office, we would check for these types of things.

We do a full spinal examination and there’s tests that we can do in the office to see if we suspect there’s a disc involved without getting an MRI or something like this. In addition, we can take x-rays that actually help our suspicions that we maybe come across during our exam. So during the first exam and consultation, we’ll be able to determine if spinal decompression is something that would help you if you’re having a disc injury. And then at that point, we would determine if you qualify for the treatment. So we do have a new patient special that you can use for this type of thing. If you go to the website, you can find these things. And if you have any questions, just give us a call. Otherwise, thanks for watching. And if you think spinal decompression is something that could help you with a disc injury, just give us a call.