10 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

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If you haven’t visited a chiropractor before, you might be missing out. Millions of people around the world have experienced the incredible benefits of chiropractic care.

One of the best things about chiropractic care is it’s a drug-free and surgery-free path to healing naturally.

People have reported chiropractic benefits help to improve:

There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractic practices and how chiropractors are trained. In fact, did you know many chiropractic programs also incorporate an entire year of PhD-level advanced nutrition training?

However, most of the benefits of seeing a chiropractor come from getting a chiropractic adjustment. Let’s talk about the philosophy, history and evidence-based research of chiropractic care.


What Chiropractors Believe

Chiropractors pride themselves on taking a natural, drugless approach to helping their patients reach their health goals. Essentially, the basic principle upon which the entire profession is built is that the body has the amazing, innate ability to heal itself (under the right conditions), and it is the chiropractor’s job to help create an environment to facilitate this.

Because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in your body, chiropractors focus their attention on the health of your spine being properly aligned and, if there are shifts, helping the spine come back into alignment.


History of Chiropractic Benefits Deafness 

The natural healing art of chiropractic was first developed by a magnetic healer named D.D. Palmer in 1895. According to history, it all started when Harvey Lillard — a man who was deaf in one ear — went in to see Palmer for his condition hoping that he had something up his sleeve to cure the deafness.

When Palmer learned that Lillard suffered a head injury that preceded his condition, he evaluated his spine and noticed that a vertebra in the upper back seemed wildly out of alignment. According to Palmer:

“I had a case of heart trouble which was not improving. I examined the spine and found a displaced vertebra pressing against the nerves, which innervate the heart. I adjusted the vertebra and gave immediate relief — nothing ‘accidental’ or ‘crude’ about this. Then I began to reason if two diseases, so dissimilar as deafness and heart trouble, came from impingement, a pressure on nerves, were not other disease due to a similar cause? Thus the science (knowledge) and art (adjusting) of Chiropractic were formed at that time.”

Palmer coined his manual therapy technique chiropractic, which comes from the two Greek words cheiros and praktikos (meaning “with hands”). Since then, countless millions of people across the globe have benefited from this manual therapy that some sources date back to Hippocrates!


Vertebral Subluxation

At the core of the numerous chiropractic miracle stories is a concept known as “vertebral subluxation.” When chiropractors use this phrase, they refer to mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. In Harvey Lillard’s case, the nerves affecting his sense of hearing were compromised, and once D.D. Palmer freed his body of this “neurological insult,” his hearing was restored.

  • For someone else, it could be sciatica
  • Or gastrointestinal complaints
  • Or (fill in the blank)

When you consider how most cells and organs in your body are controlled by nerves traveling through your spinal canal, it’s mind-blowing to consider how vast the side effects can be!


Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments?

Many things can lead to a vertebral subluxation. Some of the more common causes I’ve found are:

  • A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macrotrauma”).
  • The entire spine misaligning globally due to poor posture.
  • Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint.
  • An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of pure water or psychological stress.
  • Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs.
  • Trigger points and tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place.

Importance of Posture

The problem that we see in Western cultures is that our unnatural habit of sitting down all day does a number on our spines — not to mention our posture! We’re glued to our cell phones, iPads and laptops!

Far too many live their lives hunched over and with their necks stuck out like turtles. Doctors call this “forward head posture,” and studies prove that for every inch your head sticks out from a true center of gravity, your neck bears an extra 10 pounds of stress. Just think about how common and dangerous this can be for your health!

During posture evaluations, chiropractors regularly observe many of their patients carrying their head two to three inches forward, which is an extra 20-30 pounds of pressure on their neck!


Top 10 Chiropractic Studies and Research

Finding a good chiropractor isn’t only key to correcting the damage caused by years of poor posture or trauma — it’s also important for everyone wanting to take a proactive approach to his or her health care.

I don’t know of any other profession on the planet that can prevent neuromuscular-based disease like chiropractic can. That is why I’ve been personally getting adjusted for over 10 years and recommend my patients, friends and family members to do the same.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is some of the medical research and studies proving the therapeutic benefits of chiropractic.

1. Sciatica 

The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial last year uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate back pain relief and healing like chiropractic adjustments can!

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain

In a study published in the British Medical Journal 2003, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study.

The clinical outcome measures showed that chiropractic adjustments resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the chiropractic-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients.

A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.x

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations.

After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.

3. Headaches (Tension and Migraine)

Second only to back pain, headaches are one of the most common conditions regularly managed by chiropractors. At the time I conducted this research, over 230 peer-reviewed articles referenced chiropractic’s ability to help cure, prevent and ease the burden of headaches and migraines in people all across the globe!

A group trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop by 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

Compared to most medical treatments, few interventions can initiate headache relief like chiropractic adjustments can.

4. Colic and Ear Infections

A 2012 study published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments greatly reduced colic symptoms.

Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from otitis media (ear infections), acid reflux and colic have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits.

The reasons for this vary, but one common theme is that nerves controlling the gut and brain are intricately connected to each other and are quite sensitive to neurological insult caused by vertebral subluxations.

5. Neurological Conditions 

Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable.

Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing!

Montel Williams, the famous TV host, was interviewed about his experience as a MS patient under chiropractic care. Check it out here to see how it changed his life!

6. Blood Pressure

In 2007, George Bakris, the world expert on hypertension, published a study with a team of researchers in the Human Journal of Hypertension proving that one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same effect as two blood pressure-lowering drugs. Even more fascinating, the effects of just one adjustment lasted more than six months!

Compared to the placebo-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count) and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

Other studies have shown similar findings with hypotensive patients, and their low blood pressure was raised to normal levels after chiropractic care. This is exciting because it highlights the body’s ability to create a homeostatic balanced environment once vertebral subluxations are removed.

7. Surgery Prevention

Chiropractic has long been heralded by natural health care providers as a natural method to prevent back surgery.

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association just recently published its low back pain guidelines and suggested that people suffering from back pain first try chiropractic before resorting to surgery.

8. Frozen Shoulder

Last year a clinical trial was published describing how patients suffering from the debilitating condition frozen shoulder responded to chiropractic care.

Of the 50 patients: 16 resolved completely; 25 showed 75 percent to 90 percent improvement; eight showed 50 percent to 75 percent improvement; and one showed 0 percent to 50 percent improvement.

9. Scoliosis

Chiropractic adjustments for scoliosis coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques may help prevent the progression of scoliosis. Organizations like the nonprofit Clear Institute founded by Dr. Dennis Woggon have set out to empower health care professionals with an effective chiropractic system to treat people with scoliosis.

They’ve perfected a model and discovered that it is possible to effectively treat the condition without the use of restrictive braces or dangerous surgeries. In many case studies, participants have seen a 10 percent to 30 percent decrease in their scoliosis curvatures. You can read about some of the cases here.

If you or a family member suffer from scoliosis, I strongly recommend reaching out to a certified Clear Scoliosis Center to see if they can help you!

10. Athletic Performance 

There is a reason why athletes both today and in the past, like Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, are under regular chiropractic care. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff.

Because it is so effective at pain-based and pathological conditions, one of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is that it enhances personal and athletic performance. Studies have sown that it:

  • Reduces inflammatory cytokines
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Enhances pulmonary function
  • Decreases mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • And can naturally increase your energy level

Studies have even proved, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,” which includes bowl regularity and mental clarity.

Basically, because it helps place your body in the position where it can heal itself, chiropractic adjustments can free your immune system up to focus on keeping you healthy, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.

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  1. koko says:

    I love many of your fb posts however I strongly recommend you research network chiropractic treatments. I can’t say that traditional chiropractic treatments have done anything for me. Check out http://www.bodyinbalancechiropractic.com where I’ve gone for 2+ years. Now this approach will change your body for the better!

  2. Rick says:

    Was in a military accident back in 1072. Was not to survive and since then I have been to many chiropractors. They can not help me and the Veteran AFFAIRS will not do surgery. I think they want to see how much pain I can endure. The chiropractors are worthy going to for most things. Just not what I have.

    • Dr.Claudia says:

      Hi Rick, you may want to check with your local VA hospital to see if they offer Chiropractic care, most currently do. While doing my Doctorate in St. Louis i did a residency program int he VA hospital which was a very rewarding experience and got to help many veterans of all ages and conditions. It would be worth the time to find a good fit in chiropractic care!

  3. Bob says:

    The ingredients amounts make no sense, compared to the directions
    Coconut Almond Joy’s
    Total Time: 20 minutes Serves: 12

    INGREDIENTS:

    1/2 cup coconut butter – is only 8 tablespoons
    1/2 cup raw almonds – Too many almonds based on the directions
    4 dark chocolate bars, minimum 72% cacao – What size bars?
    1/3 cup coconut flakes

    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Line a min cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Place two almonds in each liner.
    You would have extra almonds
    2. Warm coconut butter in a pan over medium heat and spoon onto almonds (a tbsp. at a time).
    not enough for 12
    3. Melt chocolate bars in a separate pan and spoon on top of coconut butter. Sprinkle with coconut
    flakes and place pan in freezer to harden.

  4. Lesley says:

    What’s the best way to find a legitimate and certified chiropractor in my area?

  5. Lynette says:

    My chiropractor has helped me overcome gallbladder issues, Plantar Faciiatis, pain in my knees and ankles, arthritis in my hand, herniated discs in my back, and i am sure there is more that I am just forgetting, He is my go to doctor whenever I feel unwell or in pain. I am totally sold on this natural way to heal the body.

  6. Jadrian says:

    I love this article! I have been a patient for almost 8 years! Thanks to Dr. Ben Follas who freed my nervous system so my body can operate how God designed it! Now I’m free of knee pain, migraines, acne, allergies, and I have peace of mind that my body is fighting cancer and all my other family history of disease! I’m so thankful for chiropractic!

  7. Rose says:

    My chiropractor was a miracle man. Had rheumatoid arthritis for 7 years he cured me, migraines gone,
    My son wet bed at 18 yrs old. Chiropractor treated him just one treatment, never wet again, I could go on and on how awesome chiropractic is.

  8. Dr.Claudia says:

    Fantastic article, great information about our history and our research verified results! I’m hopeful that people who read your article will feel brave enough to try and discover the possibilities of Chiropractic care and achieve a higher level of quality of life :)

  9. Yvey says:

    Has anyone had luck with seeing a chiropractor to help with vitiligo?

  10. Mona says:

    I have had great success with chiropractic! I have a friend who has a 17 year old daughter who has a frequent urination problem. I’m sure chiropractic care can help. Can you explain why and how it will help so I can present it to the friend? This child has had this issue since grade school. It affects her classroom, sports and even bus rides to sports. She has had surgery, tried eliminating acid foods, pastas, etc but nothing has worked. Thank you for your time!

    • There are nerves that work to specifically to control urination. These nerves carry messages to and from the brain about the bladder, when to urinate, etc. Sometimes the bones in the vertebral column can misalign to the extent that pressure is placed on these nerves and the signals being sent to through these nerves are interfered with, resulting in overall dysfunction. Chiropractors help to realign these bones in order to relieve the pressure on these nerves so the body can function at its optimal level.

  11. Cowboychmst says:

    I would be interested in seeing the JAMA article mentioned in point number 7 on surgery prevention.

  12. Adriana says:

    I sent an e-mail last week regarding the healing. Protein that I purchased at your store. The 30 day supply in ad turned out to be a 15 day supply. I would like to continue purchasing from you in the future but need to hear back from you about this. Did you get my e-mail?

  13. Jeff says:

    Sorry for the late entry. I was raised in a Chiropractic family – as were my 8 siblings. I have never been inside a hospital (other than to visit sick or pregnant friends). I am 58 years old. My siblings have similar health records. When I married, my wife switched to this homeopathic approach to health and quickly experienced relief from all of her previous conditions (particularly arthritis). We raised 3 kids also Chiropractically (regular adjustments, good diet, daily exercise and NO poisonous vaccinations). They are now adults and have only required traditional/modern/western medical treatment for one appendicitis and four child births. My wife and I do get regular examinations now (that we’re 58); but so far the MD’s haven’t found any problems.

    Chiropractic is rarely a quick fix for anything. If you think it should be, you’re confusing it the pharmaceuticals that are really great at masking symptoms of bigger problems that will go unresolved because the Rx and MDs are so very good and temporary fixes. Healthcare begins with “prevention”. Too many people don’t understand the role Chiropractic plays in Life-Long Long-Life.

  14. Renee says:

    I adore my chiropractor! Seven years ago I had a pinched nerve in my upper back. My MD gave me steroids and said if those didn’t work we’d have to do an MRI. Since that is diagnostic, the implication was that surgery was next. A friend recommended her chiropractor. He had me totally fixed in 5 treatments! The next time I had a pinched nerve (in another spot) he had me fixed in 3 visits! Love that man!!!! He keeps me healthy when everyone around me is getting sick. By the way, haven’t been back to see that MD!

  15. Maria says:

    I had my neck adjusted and it’s never been the same. I spent two months in chronic pain and now low mobility. I regret the day I walked in a chiropractor’s office. I went in because of back pain and left with the worst neck pain. Sorry not a believer.

    • Dr. Matt D.C., C.C.S.T. says:

      Maria, I am sorry you feel you had a bad experience with a chiropractor. I inform all new patients that there may be an initial increase in soreness after the first visit, but it is important to continue with at least 4 treatments. The reason for this is that the muscles, joints, and nervous system have been out of alignment for so long that they think that is normal. When you get adjusted for the first time ever, this can be disruptive to what the body perceives as normal. Getting through this period usually takes 2-4 visits, and markedly improved after 10-15 visits. This increase in pain only affects about 25-30% of new patients, but if they didn’t explain it to you then I know how that could be scary and make you think that it doesn’t work. I hope you try again with a new Chiropractor. It will make life better!

    • Kristin says:

      You may have gone to a pain management chiropractor. A principled corrective care chiropractor would rarely ever adjust you without a thorough consultation and/or trays. I suggest you try to find a chiropractor who will listen to you and if need be not manually adjust you. Many chiropractors will use instruments that adjust your spine by the mm so that it is not painful and the adjustment then holds better!

  16. Dr Tom Potisk says:

    My 3 kids, now 19/16/14 have gotten Chiropractic adjustments since day 1. Our medical bills have always been at or near zero. I wouldn’t hesitate to take them to an MD but have never needed one.

  17. Joy Lutz says:

    I found a wonderful chiropractor. I went to one previously that used the “cracking” method. My new chiropractor uses other methods and I think that is better for a person than the “cracking”.
    Anyway, I was at my wits end. I had a hip replacement and it was months and I still could not walk on my own. The doc that did the surgery kept saying it was just going to take time. He sent me for a second opinion. Neither doc knew what to tell me. My husband heard about this chiropractor, from his niece, that has a Magnesphere. I have fibromyalgia , so my husband figured it would help with that, plus I have a lot of arthritis. When I went in for my consultation, they scanned my feet, did xrays plus some other tests. He determined that , the hip I had replaced, is higher than my other hip and my spine had curved at the bottom. He also determined that my arches dropped whewhenwas on my feet. I Iow have arches for my shoes, a heel lift and I had to have the sole of my one shoe built up to even out my hips. He also had determined that my spine was off to one side a bit. He fixed me up and did not crack me once. My point is: there was such a big difference between the two chiropractors that I saw. I tell everyone that doesn’t believe in chiropractors to rethink their views about them.

  18. Carol says:

    I really appreciate my chiropractor. He has adjusted my upper and lower extremities and also my ears. That adjustment actually seems to clear my head and pressure I have felt in my ears. I recommend chiropractic care, but be sure you are comfortable with his treatment care.

  19. Patrice Crew says:

    I have many things wrong with my back, including Spinal Stenosis. I go to my Chiropractor twice a week. If for some reason I miss, I am miserable! Have also been having migraine’s for all of my Adult life. He helps me even more than I even know. Love my Chiropractor !! Highly recommended!

  20. Beau Pierce says:

    Great article Dr. Axe!

    Here is a link for others who are interested in the validity of what you mentioned about Chiropractic care .
    Here are the Top 10 Research Breakthroughs to Support Chiropractic Care in the Last Decade

  21. Beth says:

    I have a friend that’s a chiropractor. I stopped going to him because I always left there feeling worse. He does the same adjustment on everyone no matter what their complaint is. He also uses a lot of ultrasound and stim. I now see another chiropractor and his techniques are so different every visit. I do feel better when I leave his office but it doesn’t last long. I live a very active life. I now how a full thickness rotator cuff tear, a torn biceps tendon and a torn labrum. I also have a tear between L4-L5. I continue to go to the Chiroprator in hopes that he can ease the pain to get me through the ski season. Unfortunely I’ll have to give up playing spring soccer to have surgery. I’m 51 and not ready to sit down yet.

    • RB Citizen says:

      you need to replenish your nutrients. without high quality medical nutrition in optimal amount, youre gonna continue to breakdown. you can reverse it but it starts with this guy. drglidden

      good health,
      RB Citizen

  22. RE says:

    a relative has severe lower back pain the doctor prescribed muscle relaxer. Are you saying it will help if he goes to the right chiropractor. for an adjustment. He’s having a hard time (at times) of walking.

  1. koko says:

    I love many of your fb posts however I strongly recommend you research network chiropractic treatments. I can’t say that traditional chiropractic treatments have done anything for me. Check out http://www.bodyinbalancechiropractic.com where I’ve gone for 2+ years. Now this approach will change your body for the better!

  2. Rick says:

    Was in a military accident back in 1072. Was not to survive and since then I have been to many chiropractors. They can not help me and the Veteran AFFAIRS will not do surgery. I think they want to see how much pain I can endure. The chiropractors are worthy going to for most things. Just not what I have.

    • Dr.Claudia says:

      Hi Rick, you may want to check with your local VA hospital to see if they offer Chiropractic care, most currently do. While doing my Doctorate in St. Louis i did a residency program int he VA hospital which was a very rewarding experience and got to help many veterans of all ages and conditions. It would be worth the time to find a good fit in chiropractic care!

  3. Bob says:

    The ingredients amounts make no sense, compared to the directions
    Coconut Almond Joy’s
    Total Time: 20 minutes Serves: 12

    INGREDIENTS:

    1/2 cup coconut butter – is only 8 tablespoons
    1/2 cup raw almonds – Too many almonds based on the directions
    4 dark chocolate bars, minimum 72% cacao – What size bars?
    1/3 cup coconut flakes

    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Line a min cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Place two almonds in each liner.
    You would have extra almonds
    2. Warm coconut butter in a pan over medium heat and spoon onto almonds (a tbsp. at a time).
    not enough for 12
    3. Melt chocolate bars in a separate pan and spoon on top of coconut butter. Sprinkle with coconut
    flakes and place pan in freezer to harden.

  4. Lesley says:

    What’s the best way to find a legitimate and certified chiropractor in my area?

  5. Lynette says:

    My chiropractor has helped me overcome gallbladder issues, Plantar Faciiatis, pain in my knees and ankles, arthritis in my hand, herniated discs in my back, and i am sure there is more that I am just forgetting, He is my go to doctor whenever I feel unwell or in pain. I am totally sold on this natural way to heal the body.

  6. Jadrian says:

    I love this article! I have been a patient for almost 8 years! Thanks to Dr. Ben Follas who freed my nervous system so my body can operate how God designed it! Now I’m free of knee pain, migraines, acne, allergies, and I have peace of mind that my body is fighting cancer and all my other family history of disease! I’m so thankful for chiropractic!

  7. Rose says:

    My chiropractor was a miracle man. Had rheumatoid arthritis for 7 years he cured me, migraines gone,
    My son wet bed at 18 yrs old. Chiropractor treated him just one treatment, never wet again, I could go on and on how awesome chiropractic is.

  8. Dr.Claudia says:

    Fantastic article, great information about our history and our research verified results! I’m hopeful that people who read your article will feel brave enough to try and discover the possibilities of Chiropractic care and achieve a higher level of quality of life :)

  9. Yvey says:

    Has anyone had luck with seeing a chiropractor to help with vitiligo?

  10. Mona says:

    I have had great success with chiropractic! I have a friend who has a 17 year old daughter who has a frequent urination problem. I’m sure chiropractic care can help. Can you explain why and how it will help so I can present it to the friend? This child has had this issue since grade school. It affects her classroom, sports and even bus rides to sports. She has had surgery, tried eliminating acid foods, pastas, etc but nothing has worked. Thank you for your time!

    • There are nerves that work to specifically to control urination. These nerves carry messages to and from the brain about the bladder, when to urinate, etc. Sometimes the bones in the vertebral column can misalign to the extent that pressure is placed on these nerves and the signals being sent to through these nerves are interfered with, resulting in overall dysfunction. Chiropractors help to realign these bones in order to relieve the pressure on these nerves so the body can function at its optimal level.

  11. Cowboychmst says:

    I would be interested in seeing the JAMA article mentioned in point number 7 on surgery prevention.

  12. Adriana says:

    I sent an e-mail last week regarding the healing. Protein that I purchased at your store. The 30 day supply in ad turned out to be a 15 day supply. I would like to continue purchasing from you in the future but need to hear back from you about this. Did you get my e-mail?

  13. Jeff says:

    Sorry for the late entry. I was raised in a Chiropractic family – as were my 8 siblings. I have never been inside a hospital (other than to visit sick or pregnant friends). I am 58 years old. My siblings have similar health records. When I married, my wife switched to this homeopathic approach to health and quickly experienced relief from all of her previous conditions (particularly arthritis). We raised 3 kids also Chiropractically (regular adjustments, good diet, daily exercise and NO poisonous vaccinations). They are now adults and have only required traditional/modern/western medical treatment for one appendicitis and four child births. My wife and I do get regular examinations now (that we’re 58); but so far the MD’s haven’t found any problems.

    Chiropractic is rarely a quick fix for anything. If you think it should be, you’re confusing it the pharmaceuticals that are really great at masking symptoms of bigger problems that will go unresolved because the Rx and MDs are so very good and temporary fixes. Healthcare begins with “prevention”. Too many people don’t understand the role Chiropractic plays in Life-Long Long-Life.

  14. Renee says:

    I adore my chiropractor! Seven years ago I had a pinched nerve in my upper back. My MD gave me steroids and said if those didn’t work we’d have to do an MRI. Since that is diagnostic, the implication was that surgery was next. A friend recommended her chiropractor. He had me totally fixed in 5 treatments! The next time I had a pinched nerve (in another spot) he had me fixed in 3 visits! Love that man!!!! He keeps me healthy when everyone around me is getting sick. By the way, haven’t been back to see that MD!

  15. Maria says:

    I had my neck adjusted and it’s never been the same. I spent two months in chronic pain and now low mobility. I regret the day I walked in a chiropractor’s office. I went in because of back pain and left with the worst neck pain. Sorry not a believer.

    • Dr. Matt D.C., C.C.S.T. says:

      Maria, I am sorry you feel you had a bad experience with a chiropractor. I inform all new patients that there may be an initial increase in soreness after the first visit, but it is important to continue with at least 4 treatments. The reason for this is that the muscles, joints, and nervous system have been out of alignment for so long that they think that is normal. When you get adjusted for the first time ever, this can be disruptive to what the body perceives as normal. Getting through this period usually takes 2-4 visits, and markedly improved after 10-15 visits. This increase in pain only affects about 25-30% of new patients, but if they didn’t explain it to you then I know how that could be scary and make you think that it doesn’t work. I hope you try again with a new Chiropractor. It will make life better!

    • Kristin says:

      You may have gone to a pain management chiropractor. A principled corrective care chiropractor would rarely ever adjust you without a thorough consultation and/or trays. I suggest you try to find a chiropractor who will listen to you and if need be not manually adjust you. Many chiropractors will use instruments that adjust your spine by the mm so that it is not painful and the adjustment then holds better!

  16. Dr Tom Potisk says:

    My 3 kids, now 19/16/14 have gotten Chiropractic adjustments since day 1. Our medical bills have always been at or near zero. I wouldn’t hesitate to take them to an MD but have never needed one.

  17. Joy Lutz says:

    I found a wonderful chiropractor. I went to one previously that used the “cracking” method. My new chiropractor uses other methods and I think that is better for a person than the “cracking”.
    Anyway, I was at my wits end. I had a hip replacement and it was months and I still could not walk on my own. The doc that did the surgery kept saying it was just going to take time. He sent me for a second opinion. Neither doc knew what to tell me. My husband heard about this chiropractor, from his niece, that has a Magnesphere. I have fibromyalgia , so my husband figured it would help with that, plus I have a lot of arthritis. When I went in for my consultation, they scanned my feet, did xrays plus some other tests. He determined that , the hip I had replaced, is higher than my other hip and my spine had curved at the bottom. He also determined that my arches dropped whewhenwas on my feet. I Iow have arches for my shoes, a heel lift and I had to have the sole of my one shoe built up to even out my hips. He also had determined that my spine was off to one side a bit. He fixed me up and did not crack me once. My point is: there was such a big difference between the two chiropractors that I saw. I tell everyone that doesn’t believe in chiropractors to rethink their views about them.

  18. Carol says:

    I really appreciate my chiropractor. He has adjusted my upper and lower extremities and also my ears. That adjustment actually seems to clear my head and pressure I have felt in my ears. I recommend chiropractic care, but be sure you are comfortable with his treatment care.

  19. Patrice Crew says:

    I have many things wrong with my back, including Spinal Stenosis. I go to my Chiropractor twice a week. If for some reason I miss, I am miserable! Have also been having migraine’s for all of my Adult life. He helps me even more than I even know. Love my Chiropractor !! Highly recommended!

  20. Beau Pierce says:

    Great article Dr. Axe!

    Here is a link for others who are interested in the validity of what you mentioned about Chiropractic care .
    Here are the Top 10 Research Breakthroughs to Support Chiropractic Care in the Last Decade

  21. Beth says:

    I have a friend that’s a chiropractor. I stopped going to him because I always left there feeling worse. He does the same adjustment on everyone no matter what their complaint is. He also uses a lot of ultrasound and stim. I now see another chiropractor and his techniques are so different every visit. I do feel better when I leave his office but it doesn’t last long. I live a very active life. I now how a full thickness rotator cuff tear, a torn biceps tendon and a torn labrum. I also have a tear between L4-L5. I continue to go to the Chiroprator in hopes that he can ease the pain to get me through the ski season. Unfortunely I’ll have to give up playing spring soccer to have surgery. I’m 51 and not ready to sit down yet.

    • RB Citizen says:

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  22. RE says:

    a relative has severe lower back pain the doctor prescribed muscle relaxer. Are you saying it will help if he goes to the right chiropractor. for an adjustment. He’s having a hard time (at times) of walking.