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

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

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

Headaches are not normal. The body was not designed to regularly suffer from headaches. Yet, many headache sufferers believe that headaches arrive as a normal part of being dealt a bad hand of genes or luck. Headaches occur commonly but never as a normal part of life.

The common occurrence of an event does not equate to normalcy. Flat tires and car accidents happen commonly but people do not deserve to experience them as a normal part of the day. The frequency and regularity of headaches leads people to believe their condition poses a common problem with a common solution – the regular consumption of drugs and pills. Chiropractic provides an alternative solution.

Research from a recent study noted that nervous system care positively affected symptoms that included headaches and other health challenges by simply empowering the body to function in a state of maximum efficiency.

Research from June of 2018 showed that Chiropractic adjustments helped people suffering from frequent headaches for more than two years by reducing stress in the autonomic nervous system. Additional benefits included a reduction in feelings of sadness and bouts of extreme low moods. Even thoughts of death and suicide lowered during the study. Physical therapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese therapy, and six months of various drug treatments represented other forms of care utilized by headache sufferers. None compared to the effectiveness of Chiropractic care. Six months of chiropractic spinal care resulted in the alleviation of headache pain, depressive symptoms, and the need for medications.

Chiropractic does not pursue the treatment or cure for symptoms and conditions, including those experienced during headaches. The benefits of Chiropractic originate from removing interference from the nervous system through gentle and precise adjustments to the spine. The immense intelligence contained in the body always strives for health, adaptation, and balance. Symptoms occur largely due to interference in the body’s communication system. A predominant form of interference in the nervous system comes from misaligned spinal bones and limited mobility.

An estimated 80-90% of the population suffer from headaches at some point in their life, with over 15% of people experiencing headaches during a given moment in the day. Drug therapy tends to be the short-term form of treatment sought by people experiencing headaches. Research shows that long term benefits in both physical and mental health result from the healing and restoration stemming from scientifically proven spinal adjustments administered by Chiropractors. People deserve to know, understand, and experience the benefits of Chiropractic care. A healthier normal begins with Chiropractic care.

Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care May-June 2018
“Long-term relief from tension-type headache and major depression following chiropractic treatment.” Eric Chun Pu Chu and Michelle Ng

Pain Research On Natural Solutions For Migraine Sufferers…

The coronavirus pandemic continues to create headaches. Literally. Neurologists around the country report seeing more patients complaining about intense migraines over the course of the last six months. Stress usually gets blamed for headache issues, but other factors play a significant role.

Changing routines and the environment also represent key factors for increased migraine severity. Migraine sufferers tend to be wired with brains that like things to be stable and regular. But with the pandemic, things have been anything but regular. Sleep schedules, work environments, stress levels, exercise routines, and school represent just a few of the major deviations from normal.

Increased screen time during confinement also serves as a major migraine trigger. Being on a phone or laptop all day causes increased muscle tension in the neck and shoulders resulting in tension headaches that trigger migraines. Working from home increases many risk factors that trigger migraine headaches. So many variables come into consideration for migraine sufferers attempting to avoid an attack or reduce the severity or longevity of pain.

Migraines comprise the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting 12% of the US population. Nearly 40 million Americans and a billion people worldwide suffer from migraines. That equates to one in seven people living with regular migraines. Migraines rank as the second-most-debilitating disease on the planet, second only to back pain. Greater than 20% of chronic migraine sufferers classify as disabled and the likelihood of disability increases with the number of associated conditions.

Research published in 2015 determined that proper spinal health care produced better migraine relief than people relying only migraine medications. Medical doctors usually prescribe drugs for migraine sufferers without awareness or exploration of the published research revealing other safer and effective solutions. A false assumption occurs when people begin to associate relief with pharmaceutical drugs. The 2015 study showed that patients who received upper cervical, manual adjustive care reduced their drug consumption by 80%, decreased their days of migraines per month by 97%, and improved pain and functional disability associated with migraines by 100%.

Migraine sufferers represent some of the toughest people on the planet because they have learned to deal with an excruciating form of pain. Small improvements deliver big payoffs for those who have suffered for many years. Chiropractic care provides a unique natural strategy for helping migraine sufferers address the cause of their problem without dangerous side effects from medications or surgery. Stress serves as a major contributor to the exacerbation of migraine headaches. Chiropractic care helps migraine sufferers better cope with the stress of the pandemic through regular, gentle adjustments that engage the nervous system to better adapt to the stressors that trigger headaches. People seeking relief from migraines know that chiropractic works.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine January 2015
Clinical effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in chronic migraine: 3-Armed randomize controlled trial.”
Francesco Cerritelli, Liana Ginevri, Gabriella Messi, Emanuele Caprari, Marcello Di Vincenzo, Cinzia Renzetti, Vincenzo Cozzolino, Gina Barlafante, Nicoletta Foschi, Leandro Provinciali

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 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

The calendar welcomes the time of the year when coughs, fevers, stuffy noses, and tummy aches become the norm for both kids and adults. Some people wonder why certain individuals remain unscathed and seemingly untouched by the microbes that cause sickness, even among family members living under the same roof. 

Some people get labeled as simply having a stronger immune system than others. The powerful truth actually shows that every person’s body design comes equipped with an amazing immune system comprised of little soldiers with a specific purpose to be on constant lookout for foreign invaders. The location of an invader causes a set of hormones to signal a need for more specific white blood cell fighters to crash the scene and get to work destroying and eliminating the culprits. This process occurs without the conscious awareness of the host/person. The protective procedure occurs automatically under the control of a part of the brain and spinal cord called the autonomic nervous system.

Chiropractic adjustments improve the function of the autonomic nervous system through gentle adjustments that increase movement in the spine. Better alignment and movement in the spine creates better pathways of communication between the nervous system and immune system. The adjustment balances the autonomic processes by reducing stress in the nervous system. Improved nervous system function leads to better hormone balance needed guide optimal immune function. Improved immunity results.

Research conducted in 2010 showed that patients who received chiropractic adjustments increased a specific signaling molecule in the body called Interleukin-2. This molecule regulates the activities of white blood cells responsible for immunity. Interleukin-2 represents part of the body’s natural response to microbial infection and helps the body recognize and create specific responses that neutralize foreign invaders. Evidence of this protein molecule shows to be present in higher quantity in people who received a chiropractic spinal adjustment compared to people who did not.

The primary focus of a chiropractic adjustment does not focus on increasing immunity or treating a symptom or condition. The increased body function from an adjustment serves as an example of a healthy outcome resulting from removing interference from the nervous system. While other professions focus more on changing the environment to minimize microbes in and around the body, chiropractic focuses on strengthening the body from the inside-out.

Four ways to improve immunity:

  1. Stay on track with chiropractic adjustments to keep the autonomic nervous system balanced.
  2. Get adequate amounts of Vitamin D (a major immune booster).
  3. Go to bed 30-60 minutes earlier (inadequate sleep weakens immunity).
  4. Substitute water and healthy snacks in place of sugary foods/drinks (sugar drains the immune system).

Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010
“Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects.” Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan,Marion McGregor,Richard Ruegg,and H Stephen Injeyan

Sleep delivers vital necessities needed for quality life and health. Many biological processes occur during sleep. The brain stores new information and gets rid of toxic waste. Nerve cells communicate and reorganize and support healthy brain function. The body repairs cells, restores energy, and releases molecules like hormones and proteins. During sleep, hormones flood the body to aid in healing and repair. The stress component of the nervous system relaxes during sleep while the growth and repair component of the nervous system goes into overdrive.

Stress hormone levels lower, muscles paralyse, and an anti-diuretic hormone helps to reduce the need or urge to urinate. The immune system releases inflammation fighting cytokines to take advantage of healing without needing any movement or eating. Sleep consists of so much more than a daily task needed to keep people from being sleepy. The body requires sleep to stay alive and function optimally. Many negative conditions and symptoms occur as a direct result of sleep deprivation. Taking the time for sleep represents a precious and profound lifestyle change that adds years to life and life to years.

More than 70 million Americans (almost 22%) suffer from some form of sleep problem or wakefulness. 60% of those have a chronic sleep disorder with no cure. Drugs represent the usual treatment of choice. Nearly nine million Americans take powerful drugs to aid in sleeping each night. Not only do these sleep drugs associate with dangerous side effects, but they also do not target the cause of the sleep problem. Users tend to migrate into a pattern of long-term medication use.

Research published in 2015 linked spinal adjustments to improved neuro-endocrine function. Data showed that the hormones and chemical messengers that contribute to sleep can be changed and improved through spinal adjustments. Millions of chiropractic patients around the world report a side effect of deeper sleep or less wakefulness after beginning chiropractic care. Scientific literature explains this phenomenon.

5 Surprising Tips to Improve Sleep

  1. Chiropractic adjustments – Regulate sleep hormones naturally.
  2. Black out all lights when sleeping – research showed better sleep in blacked out rooms.
  3. Lower room temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit – lowering body temperature by one degree increases sleep quality and quantity.
  4. Lavender and Epsom Salt Bath before bed – Relax the body.
  5. No screen use before bed unless using blue light blocking glasses – Screen time around bedtime increases the cortisol hormone and lowers sleep quality.

All sleep problems originate from some form of hormone shift or imbalance. Chiropractic spinal adjustments improve the production, release, and balance of hormones. Additional lifestyle modifications mentioned above also help the body experience better rest through deeper sleep.

A chiropractic adjustment does not treat or cure sleep problems. Chiropractic removes interference from the nervous system through specific spinal adjustments. Those people struggling with wakefulness or poor sleep quality can take the first step towards better rest by contacting our office. 


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