The current medical model of healthcare in most developed nations unintentionally fails to address a large component of health that plays a vital role in human function and performance. Failing to address the importance of human structure and its relationship to gravity proves costly. Chiropractors comprise a uniquely educated and scientifically trained profession focused on addressing spinal structure and biomechanics. These processes achieve extraordinary results extending far beyond pain relief by helping patients achieve optimal brain and nervous system function.

Science and research continually prove the extensive benefits of chiropractic. Many understand the positive influence of chiropractic on painful symptoms in the neck and back, but some people are surprised to learn that the list of overall health benefits from nervous system care produces a lengthy list of positive outcomes. Some notable influences of regular spinal care include better hormonal and organ function, prevention of bone and nerve degeneration, increased range of motion, and injury prevention. A study published in 2011 evaluated the data from all previous scientific literature and concluded that the best benefits achieved through chiropractic occur from proactive care over a period of time. Improving the health and function of the spine positively influences the brain, organs, nerves, bones, and soft tissue.

Utilizing chiropractic adjustments to optimize health and performance continues to expand in popularity and public awareness. Millions of patients understand that proactive health care represents the most effective and cost-efficient form of maintenance and wellness care available. People around the globe continue to learn that true health care does not originate from addressing pain and symptoms after they occur. Research concludes that genuine health comes from a proactive approach and specifically notes that, “chiropractic maintenance care optimizes levels of function and provides a process for achieving the best possible function and health.”

Unhealthy spinal joint motion produces negative short and long-term challenges. Immobilized or misaligned spinal joints experience degeneration within two to four weeks. Lack of spinal joint motion accompanies degeneration, neuroplastic changes, neural and muscle atrophy, and muscle weakness in that same window of time. People need to understand the importance of spinal care as a foundational aspect of overall health. A person choosing to indulge in an unhealthy diet or abstain from exercise for a few weeks or months can usually refocus and recommit to addressing those issues without permanently damaging their long-term health. Misaligned or immobilized vertebra begin producing long-term nerve, bone, and muscle degeneration within two to four weeks – even if pain and symptoms are not immediately present.

Regular and consistent chiropractic adjustments prove necessary for optimal health and wellness regardless of abnormal health symptoms. Infants, children, and adults benefit from chiropractic care to assess and address postural and structural spinal health. A healthy sign of the public conscience pursuing improved wellness comes from the growing number of families utilizing chiropractic care as a proactive approach to maximized performance and function. Genuine health care does not simply originate with a plan to address degeneration or pain after it begins. The proactive approach to long-term health for children and adults builds upon optimizing health within the brain, spine, and nervous system through chiropractic care.


Medical Hypotheses October 14 2015
Measurable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation.”
Kesava Kovanur Sampath, Ramakrishnan Mani, James David Cotter, Steve Tumilty

Chiropractic adjustments often accompany a popping or cracking sound. This natural and harmless cause and effect creates occasional moments of anxiety for people unaccustomed to experiencing the benefits of an adjustment. People sometimes think the sound originates from bones popping or cracking or rubbing together. The actual source of the sounds associated with healthy adjustments comes from pressure being released from a joint. These joints accumulate pressure where two parts of the human skeleton fit together. Most joints exist to move by their natural design. Chiropractors assess and adjust misaligned and locked up spinal vertebrae to help the spine move freely and promote improved nervous system function.

Research from 2015 helped explain the mechanism for how a chiropractic adjustment reduces stress through a quick gentle force. The adjustment slightly separates the joint by overcoming the protective muscle reflexes and reducing adhesive scar tissue formation while improving motion. This process occurs without injury to any of the tissues involved. The popping or cracking noise simply comes from gas being released from the joint when the gapping occurs. Some adjustments take place without any noise heard or felt by the patient while other adjustments release enough pressure on a joint to produce an audible sound.

The spine consists of over 24 moveable bones called vertebrae. Chiropractors assess the alignment and movement of the vertebrae to locate any joints that become immobile or misaligned. These partially dislocated joints, called subluxations, represent a vitally influential aspect of human health due to the spine’s intimate connection with the nervous system. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord and nerves, providing openings to the spinal nerve roots that exit through each vertebra. Experts refer to the spine as a “neuro-spinal organ” because of the large amounts of tiny neurons located in and around the bones and joints of each vertebra. The health of the spine allows tiny neurons to give uninterrupted feedback to the brain so that appropriate messages can be delivered to and from all organs on a regular basis. The relationship between the spine and all organs of the body proves vital to overall health and function and details why a properly aligned spine represents an essential and proactive part of every family’s health plan.


PLoS One 2015
Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation.”
Gregory N. Kawchuk, Jerome Fryer, Jacob L. Jaremko, Hongbo Zeng, Lindsay Rowe, and Richard Thompson

Chiropractors have been helping men and women suffering from heart problems for over 125 years. Although chiropractic targets dysfunction in the spine and nervous system, the impact of positive spinal health radiates throughout the body and improves heart health.

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system, the command center that controls the entire body. Breathing, digestion, heart health and circulation represent a few of the millions of functions directed by the nervous system. The nervous system operates and resides in and around the spine. Chiropractic adjustments directly influence all of the organs controlled by the nervous system. A healthier spine leads to healthy organ systems. Chiropractors help people with symptoms and conditions seemingly unrelated to the spine by focusing on the health and optimal function of the nervous system. Improved hearth health represents one of the many residual benefits of a healthy spine.

The heart is a vital, complex muscle that sits in the upper left chest cavity and pumps blood filled with oxygen to every part of the body. The heart represents the most important muscle in the body and serves as the motor that delivers life-saving chemicals to every cell and tissue in the body. This amazing organ beats around 101,000 times a day! A heart will beat about 3 billion times during a person’s lifetime and pump roughly one million barrels of blood throughout the body. Energy output of the heart in a 24-hour period is enough to raise three fully loaded greyhound buses up into the air. The amazing heart receives direction from the nervous system. The spine’s intimate relationship with the nervous system means that the health of the spine directly influences the heart’s function.

A study published in 2017 showed that patients receiving spinal adjustments after undergoing heart surgery experienced significantly improved outcomes compared to those who did not receive spinal adjustive care. The study determined that those who received spinal adjustments within a few short days after heart surgery experienced improved function and reductions in hospital stays, drug consumption, and overall pain. These benefits resulted from a spinal adjustment delivered within hours to days after surgery. The study supports mountains of evidence encouraging people to proactively pursue nervous system care through chiropractic adjustments. From healthy children to adults undergoing operative intervention for heart problems, pursuing spinal adjustive care should be part of every family’s health care plan. Improve the health of the spine, nervous system, and organ function with chiropractic.


World Journal of Gastroenterology May 14 2007 A preliminary study of neck-stomach syndrome. Xing-Hua Song, Xiao-Xiong Xu, Li-Wen Ding, Li Cao, Alken Sadel, and Hao Wen

Spinal pain represents the greatest single cause of disability in the world today. Low back pain also represents the most common type of spinal pain. Research estimates that over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Agonizing back pain influences every aspect of life from walking and sleeping to simply sitting still and thinking with clarity. No wonder so many back pain sufferers’ resort to taking powerful medications for relief. 

Over-the-counter pain drugs usually serve as a first resort. Disappointment in those results eventually lead to doctor visits and more powerful prescription drugs, including the most harmful form of pain medication available: opioids. The physical and financial cost to treat low back pain increases while the results become worse because conventional pharmaceuticals and medicine do not fix the source of the pain. Chiropractic offers a better plan that costs less and pursues a permanent outcome which heals the body.

Research from 2015 compared outcomes for patients with low back pain. The results compared significant differences in patients treated by Chiropractic care verses those who sought relief through other methods. Subjects receiving care from a Chiropractor spent an average cost of $712 compared to $1992 for those choosing treatment from a different provider. Indirect costs of choosing conventional drug therapy also increase because of the dangerous side effects associated with medications. The amount of money saved by choosing Chiropractic care provides justification for why every back pain sufferer deserves to know that long-term healing and relief do exist.

Research continues to prove that Chiropractic usually represents the best approach to permanently resolving back pain. The most cost-effective and longest-lasting results do not come from a bottle of pills but from the immense healing power within the body. Chiropractic tends to be thought of simply as a method for treating back and neck pain. Evidence-based research continues to prove that outcome represents only a fraction of the healing potential found within the body when the nervous system aligns and operates to full potential.

The health and condition of the spine links directly to the health and function of the entire body through the brain and central nervous system. Misalignments in the spine create altered spinal mobility, leading to stress in the nervous system. Chiropractors improve mobility and increase the lines of nerve communication through gentle and precise adjustments. Back pain comprises a large number of patients who quickly realize that a natural, non-invasive approach to health care provides greater health and performance than a bottomless pit of pills and doctor bills. Chiropractic pursues optimal health. Experience greater levels of pain relief and overall vitality through Chiropractic care.

BMC Health Serv Res 15 June 2012
A systematic review comparing the costs of chiropractic care to other interventions for spine pain in the United States.” Dagenais, S., Brady, O., Haldeman, S

Chiropractic adjustments help the body create better posture by reducing nervous system stress, increasing mobility, and allowing greater balance and spatial awareness. Improved posture proves to have lasting effects on many aspects of function beyond just musculoskeletal health. Science links improved posture to better breathing, sleep, hormone control, and brain health.

Parents often ask healthcare providers about the effects of bad posture and slouching on their children’s health. A study published in 2019 explained the effects of postural health on fourth grade children. One of the primary objectives of the study meant to find out if bad posture influenced the self-esteem of fourth graders.

The study involved 108 students. Facilitators assigned each student a randomized variable of assuming either a ‘high power’ pose or a ‘low power’ pose. Each student held the posture for one minute. The children were then evaluated using a standard self-esteem assessment.

High power posing consists of the non-verbal expression of power through expansive, open body postures. This stance becomes known as power posing. High power posing links to hormonal and behavioral changes. High power posing affects psychological processes, including feelings of empowerment and other emotional benefits. Students in high power posing showed a higher self-esteem, better mood, and more positive feelings regarding the student-teacher relationship. The findings show consistency with postural intervention effects in children and self-esteem elevation. This study revealed that good posture produced a large-scale effect on school related self-esteem.

The study involved asymptomatic fourth grade children. Improving posture for just one minute resulted in meaningful improvements in mood, emotions and self-esteem. The findings proved consistent with those seen in patients of all ages in Chiropractic clinics all over the world. Improvement of postural distortions through Chiropractic adjustments and postural exercises produce a variety of benefits for patients. This study supports Chiropractic care as a primary source of proactive health care for adults and children. Evidence based research continues to provide a litany of benefits experienced by people who proactively care for their spine, posture, and nervous system. Improving postural distortions represent one of many ways in which overall health improves in patients not experiencing immediate suffering from pain or musculoskeletal complaints.

The outcome traces back to the old adage which speaks to an ounce of prevention being worth more than a pound of cure. Providing the spine and nervous system with regular maintenance radiates improved health and vitality throughout the entire health structure of the body.

Joint Conference of the Sections Developmental Psychology & Educational Psychology September 2019
“Powerful and self-confident children through expansive body postures? A preregistered study in fourth graders.” Robert Korner, Hannes Kohler, Astrid Schuetz

Thousands of migraine headache sufferers find relief with chiropractic. Most medical practitioners do not understand or remain uneducated about the benefits of recommending chiropractic care to patients suffering with migraines. Chiropractors and researchers continue to see results and trends that other healthcare providers need to understand in order to effectively bring relief to hurting people. Research confirms that chiropractic spinal adjustments help relieve tension and reduce stress in the nervous system, giving migraine sufferers a unique advantage to tackling such a disabling condition.

Migraine headaches diagnose as being a severe, painful headache lasting for hours or days, often accompanied by flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines leave over 90% of sufferers unable to work or function normally during an episode.

Many factors contribute to the cause of a migraine headache. The plight of a migraine sufferer typically becomes agonizing and hopeless. The pain of a migraine represents one of the worst types of pain a person can endure. The pressure builds up from the base of the skull through the back of the eyes and makes the most menial tasks seem impossible. Migraine sufferers often succumb to any hope of relief prescribed by a medical doctor. The relentless pain usually leads to the consumption of powerful pharmaceutical drugs that bring a few hours relief but never solve the cause of the problem. The pain returns and the drugs often bring damaging side effects that prove just as damaging and harmful as the migraine pain.

Studies continue to produce priceless new recommendations, strategies, clinics, and procedures that provide relief and genuine healing. Chiropractic spinal adjustments provide relief to millions of migraine sufferers by releasing pressuring and stress from the spine and nervous system. Research shows that those who receive chiropractic spinal adjustments experienced less frequency, duration, disability and medication use stemming from migraines. Twenty percent of the subjects in the study actually experienced a 90% reduction in migraine symptoms from just two months of nervous system care.

Chiropractors assess and address specific areas of function in the nervous system through appropriate care of the spine. Every adjustment improves communication between the brain and body, reducing stress from the central nervous system. All migraine sufferers deserve to know about and experience the benefits achieved through chiropractic adjustments. Offer these five lifestyle implementations to anyone suffering from migraines.

5 health tips that address the cause of migraine headaches:

  1. Check and correct spinal alignment by a chiropractor (specifically in the upper neck)
  2. Remove neurotoxins from the diet (artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives)
  3. Increase daily water intake
  4. Get more quality sleep
  5. Move the body regularly (exercise to regularly increase heart rate)

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000
A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine.” PJ Tuchin, H Pollard, R Bonello

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 belief still exists that cracking knuckle joints leads to arthritis. Research put this theory to the test. Studies performed in the mid 1970’s and again in 2011 proved that no connection exists between cracking knuckles and arthritis. Dr. Donald Unger, a medical doctor, earned a Nobel Prize in 2009 for his sixty-year study proving that knuckle cracking did not contribute to arthritis. Not only was no correlation found between knuckle cracking and arthritis, but the research also showed a completely opposite effect. People who regularly cracked the knuckle joints in their hand experienced less arthritis than those who did not. These findings help further clarify the benefits and unique value of long-term chiropractic adjustments on the spine.

Knuckle joints in the hand share nearly identical characteristics to many of the joints that connect vertebrae in the spine. A myth once existed amongst people who believed regular chiropractic visits weakened the spine. Unfounded fears also led some people to believe that consistent chiropractic care from birth through adulthood contributes to the development of arthritis. These myths and fears never withstood the rigor of science and research. The evidence found among millions of chiropractic patients around the world, both current and in the past, attest to the fact that regular chiropractic adjustments both improve and prevent many forms of arthritis.

Science explains how regular and frequent chiropractic check-ups and adjustments improve the integrity of the spine and function of the nervous system. Research and clinical outcomes suggest the best way to utilize chiropractic comes through consistent and frequent adjustments over the course of a lifetime. Regular attention given to the spine helps increase strength, durability, and movement while balancing function of the autonomic nervous system. Many disease processes directly result from an imbalanced autonomic nervous system. Heart disease, immune deficiencies, attention problems, breathing troubles, and many more autonomic-related dysfunctions originate with an unhealthy and imbalanced nervous system. Resolution and prevention of many symptoms and conditions can occur by balancing the nervous system through regular and frequent chiropractic adjustments.

Movement plays a critical role in preventing degeneration of any joint in the body including the small knuckle joints in the hand or bigger spinal joints surrounded by muscles. The spine uniquely connects to the nervous system and increasing movement in spinal joints helps the brain and nervous system function at optimal levels. Chiropractic influences the brain and prevents arthritis and degeneration by improving movement and spinal alignment in all ages from infants to adults.


Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM Mar-Apr 2011 Knuckle cracking and hand osteoarthritis.” Kevin Deweber 1Mariusz OlszewskiRebecca Ortolano

The Western Journal of Medicine May 1975 “The consequences of habitual knuckle cracking.” R L Swezey, S E Swezey

The benefits of chiropractic go far beyond simply alleviating back and neck pain. Research, medical science, and 120 years of chiropractic testimonies combine to produce millions of elated patients across the globe. While chiropractic continues to evolve into one of the top five health professions in the world, many medical doctors and mainstream medical instruction remain unaware of the research and science behind all the momentum. The short- and long-term benefits that chiropractic adjustments provide for people of all ages continues to be proven with growing archives of evidence and outcomes.

Important nutrients triggered by the brain through proper alignment and movement of the spine help explain the vast array of benefits experienced by chiropractic patients. A study published in 2011 explained that a specialized group of hormones play a significant role in why chiropractic adjustments achieve such significant health results. Hormones serve as chemical messengers that release directly into the blood and travel to organs and tissues to direct function and performance. Any intervention that influences hormones will powerfully and directly influence all bodily functions ranging from sleep and fertility to digestion and metabolism. Optimal health and performance only occurs when hormones maintain balance and coordination.

Research published in 2009 from Johns Hopkins University listed a group of conditions linked directly to the increase of a specific hormone called noradrenaline. The list included: cancer, bipolar disorder, excessive body weight, hypertension, type 1 autoimmune diabetes, type 2 diabetes, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and immune system function. One of the more notable symptoms linked to increased noradrenaline levels came in the form of excessive weight gain.

Conversely, many patients of both genders experienced some form of weight loss after starting chiropractic care. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments help restore hormonal balance and produce favorable health changes ranging from weight loss to improved overall body function. Chiropractic delivers much more than relief from back or neck pain. Balanced hormones through the power of an adjustment helps maximize every lifestyle and health change adopted by a patient. 

Chiropractic helps balance a person’s hormones by reducing central nervous system dysfunction that exists due to subtle misaligned vertebral stress points in the spine. Science and research indicate that chiropractic adjustments lower stress hormones while helping coordinate and balance other chemical messengers through improved brain and organ function. Chiropractors remain intent on educating the world about the dangerous health conditions that begin forming by improper spinal mechanics and bad posture. Adjustments help maximize body function and can be utilized to improve health and performance for family members of all ages. A healthier tomorrow begins with chiropractic.


Autonomic and Autacoid Pharmacology October 2009 “Is elevated noradrenaline an aetiological factor in a number of diseases? PJ Fitzgerald
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Nov-Dec 2011 “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain.”
Takeshi Ogura 1Manabu TashiroMehedi MasudShoichi WatanukiKatsuhiko ShibuyaKeiichiro YamaguchiMasatoshi ItohHiroshi FukudaKazuhiko Yanai