Vehicle alignment depends largely on the durability of tires working in tandem with the structure and function of the axle. Unbalanced alignment contributes to an eventual breakdown due to the asymmetrical stress load eroding at the structure. The rate and symmetry of breakdown depends on alignment. This same principle occurs with the human spine.

The spine consists of 24 hard bones called vertebrae. 23 of these bones maintain space from one another through the presence of intervertebral discs. Intervertebral discs are specifically designed to separate the bones and protect the elements that exist between each bone. These essential elements include spinal nerves and blood vessels. Spinal nerves extend off the spinal cord at each level of the spine and transverse through a disc-sized hole created by the space between each bone. The spinal nerve relays life-giving information from the brain to the entire body to keep a person alive and well.

The intervertebral discs serve an essential purpose. These buffers are comprised of 70% water and 30% soft tissue and provide shock absorption that cushion stress created in the spine from moving, jumping, and bending. Better alignment means better protection and function.

Abnormal movement or alignment of a spinal vertebra leads to minor asymmetries in the spine that increase rates of disc degeneration and arthritis. Small spinal misalignments, known as subluxations, also increase tension and interference in the nervous system. Interference in the nervous system puts the body into a state of dysfunction, eventually leading to a deterioration of health and the increased risk of symptoms and disease.

Studies show that small asymmetries in the spine and discs create health problems that lead to pain and disease. Research determined that asymmetric distribution of herniated discs attributed to altered mechanical load. Patients with herniated lumbar discs often underwent surgery at the recommendation of their physician. Continued research determined an unfortunate correlation that many people with disc problems fail to experience health improvement following spinal surgeries. Even surgeries deemed successful that go as planned do not remedy persistent pain and health problems.

Well-known athletes and coaches often have access to the finest health professionals and surgeons in the world. The world champion head coach of the Golden State Warriors experienced a spinal surgery that rendered him completely unable to function for months due to the pain and disability experienced following spinal surgeries to address disc problems. Steve Kerr publicly advised all listeners to avoid back surgery at all costs.

The healthiest long-term approach to treating spinal asymmetry problems begins with improving movement and strength. Chiropractors address spinal asymmetries and help those with chronic spinal pain through gentle, corrective adjustments and specific lifestyle care recommendations. No vehicle has more value than the one each person lives in. Optimal maintenance comes from chiropractic.


Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
April-June 2017
Neglected knowledge: Asymmetric features of lumbar disc disease.
Ayhan Kanat, Ugur Yazar, Bulent Ozdemir, Hizir Kazdal, and Mehmet Sabri Balik

Proper alignment of every axle on an automobile prevents abnormal wear and tear on the tires. The human spine operates very similarly. The pads located between each spinal bone consist of soft tissue. Abnormal alignment breaks down the soft tissue. The pads are called intervertebral discs and consist of cartilage and water. Seventy percent of the discs in between each spinal bone are made of water. This composition creates greater mobility and cushion. The softer tissue and water in the disc require proper alignment to sustain durability and longevity.

Research shows that abnormal postural and spinal alignment increase the risk and progression of spinal degeneration. A study from 2017 showed that asymmetrical distribution of loads on the spine caused greater rates of joint and disc degeneration.

Chiropractic adjustments improve the alignment and movement of the spine and decrease the risk and progression of spinal joint and disc degeneration. The spine’s intimate connection with the central nervous system means that each healthy adjustment improves the brain’s ability to receive and send appropriate messages to all organs, cells, and tissues. People of all ages experience pain relief, greater mobility, and the prevention of spinal joint degeneration with regular spinal care. Chiropractic adjustments improve the alignment and movement in the spine to unlock increased levels of health and wellness throughout the body.

Low back pain will affect more than eighty percent of people at some point in their lives. More than fifty percent of adults over the age of 55 exhibit disc degeneration. Many have no signs or symptoms of advanced degeneration. By the time pain signals begin to announce the presence of disc problems, the body will no longer be able to reverse advanced damage. The benefits of chiropractic extend far beyond pain relief. Proactive maintenance of the essential tissues in the spine allows healthy and pain free living for aging adults.

Research continues to prove the positive influence of just one single session of chiropractic on overall health, strength and function. Improving spinal mobility, maximizing nervous system health, and lowering the risk of spinal degeneration represent just a few of the benefits driving more parents and families to chiropractors every week. Doctors and health practitioners also continue to recommend chiropractic due to research, results, and an overall desire for a non-invasive drugless approach to better living. Taking care of the body now means the body can take care of the person later in life. More and more people continue to pursue proactive health care with chiropractic.


Asian Journal of Neurosurgery April-June 2017
Neglected knowledge: Asymmetric features of lumbar disc disease.” Ayhan Kanat, Ugur Yazar, Bulent Ozdemir, Hizir Kazadal, and Mehmet Sabri Balik

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

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.


Journal of Chiropractic Humanities December 6 2011
A theoretical basis for maintenance spinal manipulative therapy for the chiropractic profession.” David N. Taylor

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 continues to gain increased popularity across all ages and genders for one primary reason: results! Patient outcomes represent the single largest reason for millions of people adopting regular chiropractic care as part of their weekly or monthly health plan.

Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback to ever play professional football, played in the Super Bowl at age 43, and visits his chiropractor on a regular basis. People pursuing optimal health and performance trust evidence that proves chiropractic emphasizes optimal health more than pain relief. Nearly every college, professional, and Olympic athlete utilizes the performance-enhancing benefits of regular Chiropractic adjustments. Pregnant mothers, working fathers, growing children, and even babies comprise groups who visit a chiropractor regularly in pursuit of proactive health.

Men and women from all over the world utilize chiropractic for health and wellness measures to safeguard the health of their spine and maximize function of the brain and nervous system. Many patients begin chiropractic care to alleviate pain or symptoms, but most quickly experience benefits far beyond the spine or back. Research based evidence proves that the heart and cardiovascular system experiences a remarkable influence from chiropractic adjustments. The spine directly influences heart health and blood vessel function through the autonomic nervous system. Science continues to discover the profound influence the spine has on the heart, blood vessels, and blood pressure.

A study completed in 2007 selected a random group of individuals who had never experienced any back or neck pain. The subjects were split into two groups. One group received a real chiropractic adjustment, and the other group received a placebo, or fake adjustment. Study subjects were not aware of which group they were in. The group that received a real adjustment experienced an average reduction in blood pressure of 27 points (17 systolic and 10 diastolic). The study conclusion showed the benefits achieved by those receiving a chiropractic adjustment mirrored a reduction in blood pressure that would normally require two blood pressure medications.

The natural outcome of the adjustments worked as if the subjects were taking two blood pressure medications given in combination. The natural power within the body unlocked better health and performance without the need for dangerous medications. The most important piece of this study was that those receiving adjustments had misalignments in the upper neck but experienced no preliminary back or neck pain. The body usually expresses pain as a final symptom of disease. Proactive health care offers millions of people an opportunity to improve blood pressure problems by simply caring for the spine and nervous system. 

Proactive health care means pursuing optimal performance before problems occur. Science and research continues to prove the amazing benefits of chiropractic on heart and organ health. February is heart month and a great time to educate the world on the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for people pursuing better heart and blood pressure health. 


Journal of Human Hypertension May 2007
Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study.” G Bakris M Dickholtz SrP M MeyerG KravitzE AveryM MillerJ BrownC WoodfieldB Bell

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

A kinetic chain entails a process in which each joint or segment in the chain effects every other segment during movement. Energy and movement in one segment creates a chain of events which affects neighboring joints and segments. A tangible example involves using playing cards or dominos to create a chain reaction beginning with movement in a single part which impacts the whole.

The spine makes up a kinetic chain. Chiropractors understand that a holistic approach provides the best method of ensuring total body care when assessing and addressing symptoms of disease. The existence of a problem in one area of the spine radiates effects onto other parts of the spine and body. Pain tends to be the last sign that a problem exists. A proactive approach ensures the body be kept in the best position possible to prevent pain and disease from occurring. Chiropractors and other spinal health professionals understand and approach the spine as a powerful kinetic chain which influences the health of the entire body.

A leading spine expert Dr. John Bland accurately stated:

“We tend to divide the examination of the spine into regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine clinical studies. This is a mistake. The three units are closely interrelated structurally and functionally. A whole person with a whole spine. The cervical spine (neck) may be symptomatic (painful) because of a thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar (low back) spine abnormality, and vice versa. Sometimes treating the lumbar spine will relieve a cervical spine syndrome, or proper management of the cervical spine will relieve a low back ache.”

– Disorders of the Cervical Spine

The spine consists of twenty-four moveable bones stacked on top of each other with a shock absorber in between each segment. The shock absorber is called an intervertebral disc. Chiropractors focus on the health and functionality of the entire spine to ensure proper alignment and movement within each vertebra and disc.

The spine also intimately connects with the brain and central nervous system. Movement makes up a key ingredient in proper brain and nervous system function. Proper movement means the brain and body communicate to the fullest potential. Every adjustment helps unlock any stiffness or lack of mobility to ensure the process of maximum health and healing. As the spine gets healthier and more well-adjusted, the body gets healthier through better nervous system function. Proactively detecting and addressing all areas of the spine within the kinetic chain remains the ultimate goal. Chiropractors take pride in helping their practice members achieve healthier, more active without drugs or surgery. Stay connected to better help with Chiropractic.

University of Vermont College of medicine 1994
“Disorders of the Cervical Spine.” John Bland, MD. Professor of medicine