"Quick, come here and check this out!" a friend says to you.
"I can't move that fast!" You respond. Or maybe, "I'm too old for this!"
Have you caught yourself saying these phrases or something similar? If so, you're not alone. We typically tend to slow down with age and find movement painful and difficult. Pain treatments are a multi-billion dollar industry in America with the consumption of over the counter medications and prescriptions representing major expenditures made by afflicted patients. Still, the desire to live with pain-free movement and good quality of life seems to become more difficult with age. However, patients who come to our offices celebrate the joys of pain-free movement and incredible quality in their lives.
So why are chiropractic patients so happy and better able to move? While complex interplay exists within the body, there is a simple answer. The nervous system is the master system of the body and regulates all—yes ALL—functions including movement and healing. Adjustments regulate and balance your nerves keeping you healthier. But is there research to support our patients' experiences? Is there evidence of improved movement and coordination because of chiropractic care?
A 2006 study found that people who receive chiropractic care could expect to realize an almost 10 percent improvement in body movement. Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the study tested the ability of subjects to perform a series of movement tasks on a computer with a mouse, prior to receiving an adjustment and then after having one. The study followed a control group who did not receive chiropractic as well.
The average time of improvement found in the group receiving chiropractic care was 183 milliseconds, while the control group had a meager 29-millisecond change. The difference for the chiropractic patients was nearly five times faster and represented a 9.2 percent improvement versus only a 1.7 percent improvement in the control group. These significant results support the reported successes so many of our patients joyfully share.
As we age, our bodies undergo slow deteriorative processes and the inclusion of chiropractic is a necessary component of the active lifestyle we all want to lead. It's not enough to eat well, exercise and get enough rest. You must also take care of your nervous system and spine. As the protector of the sensitive and active nerve system, a healthy spine can lead to improved overall health. Trauma, toxins and injury all render the spine vulnerable. However, chiropractic care helps ward off the effects of trauma and neglect, giving you insurance and peace of mind.
At Chiro One Wellness Centers, our patients know this is true. The research supports their experience and most importantly, they feel healthier and able to do things in life that are important to them. And after all, isn't that what we all want?