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

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

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

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

The human spine consists of 24 moveable vertebrae with padded-like discs positioned in between. The vertebrae attach to each other with ligaments but allow for movements in all direction. Each vertebra comprises part of a kinetic chain with three primary purposes. The first purpose holds a person up straight and forms the foundation for good posture. The second purpose allows for movement and the absorption of compressive forces. The third purpose protects and directs nerve function.

The spinal cord and nerves run through the spinal canal and have tentacle-like extensions in between each vertebra. Proper alignment of the spine allows each spinal nerve to exit the spinal canal with no tension or pressure. Tiny muscles and ligaments loaded with neurons surround the spinal vertebrae and rely on movement to send proper signals to the brain for proper function and control. When a spinal vertebra becomes even slightly misaligned or immobile, the nerve feedback to and from the brain becomes altered. This leads to a host of problems, minimizing the ability for a person to reach maximum health potential and movement. Chiropractors assess and test the spine for any such misalignment or movement deficits and apply specific adjustment techniques to correct them. Improved function and mobility occur as a result.

People coping with stress, misalignment, or lack of mobility in the spine will benefit from better function through chiropractic adjustments. Athletes represent a unique population that benefits from the unique advantages offered by chiropractic care. Simple research of the world’s elite athletes reflects a training staff consisting of a variety of specialists, including a chiropractor. Word continues to spread as testimony of this cutting-edge approach to better performance.

One of many specific examples comes from research completed in 2015 that showed athletes adjusted by Chiropractors experiencing an increase in their vertical jump height. Athletes exhibited an average increase in vertical jump height of 3.6 centimeters for following a series of alignment adjustments to the pelvis.

Chiropractic adjustments provide a unique edge and advantage both elite athletes and regular folks competing at life each and every day. Chiropractors assess and correct stress and misalignments in the spine through specific and gentle adjustments. Chiropractic certainly provides relief from pain and discomfort, yet the best approach to health care begins with being proactive. Allow chiropractic to help prevent injuries and maximize performance before the onset of pain or physical symptoms that call attention to damage within the body. The chiropractic advantage offers optimal performance and potential by ensuring each person experiences maximized function from the inside out.

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

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

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The benefits of a chiropractic adjustment go far beyond back and neck pain relief. Clinical evidence and patient results spanning the past 124 years suggest that chiropractic care uniquely influences whole body function by addressing spinal health.

The relationship between the spine and the central nervous system links chiropractic adjustments to improvements in many aspects of health, function, and human performance. Chiropractic benefits do not stay confined to merely helping adults with back or neck pain. Kids, adults, and the elderly all utilize regular chiropractic care for a variety of purposes. A 2017 research paper cited evidence gathered from a large population of adults who utilized chiropractic care. The study evaluated the predominant reasons why most chiropractic patients begin care and the unique results and achievements reported while under care.

Over 40% of chiropractic patients sought care for general wellness or disease prevention. Other patients pursued improvements in energy reserves, sports or athletic performance, and immune function. Another significant reason for care came from those pursuing memory and concentration benefits. During the course of care, patients attributed other benefits to improved nervous system care, including the ability to exercise more regularly, eat healthier, cut back or stop smoking, eat more organic food, and cut back or stop consuming alcohol.

An important question often asked by patients and other health professionals involves what makes a chiropractic adjustment so different than medical intervention. The biggest difference exists in the proactive intent of chiropractic. Medicine focuses on the treatment of a symptom, but chiropractic adjustments proactively induce motion and improved alignment of the spine with the intent to remove stress and interference from the nervous system. Reducing stress and interference through spinal adjustments empowers the nervous system to begin resolving correctable symptoms and health concerns within the body. This science explains why so many patients experience health benefits that initially seem unrelated to the spine.

The 2017 study determined that chiropractic care improved overall health and symptom relief in 67% of reporting patients. Another 42% of patients reported sleep benefits, 40% experienced reduction in stress levels, 38% identified a greater ease to cope with health problems, and 27% felt an improvement in their emotional health. The landmark chiropractic study also reported that 62% of chiropractic patients felt drawn to chiropractic because it treats the cause of health issues rather than just treating the symptoms. 38% reported an affinity to chiropractic because the natural health care pathway avoids the use of harmful and dangerous interventions. The first adjustment took place in 1895. Over 120 years of history testifies to people of all ages, race, color, and creed getting well and maximizing function and life experience through the benefits of chiropractic. People need not struggle through days filled with chronic pain, disease, and reliance on medications that produce harmful side effects. Chiropractic offers a relevant, proven alternative that invites a new season of health and vibrant life.

Spine (Philadelphia PA 1976) December 2017
The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Chiropractic Use Among US Adults: Results From the 2012 National Health Interview Survey.” Jon Adams, Wenbo Peng, Holger Cramer, Tobias Sundberg, Craig Moore, Lyndon Amorin-Woods, David Sibbritt, Romy Lauche