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

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.

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

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