Top 10 Reasons for Chiropractic (part 3)

Chiropractic Boosts Job Productivity and Disability

Since chiropractic care keeps you healthier, you will find that your efficiency at work increases, also.  For instance, chiropractic care rids lower back pain (LBP) associated with sitting hour after hour in ergonomically incorrect chairs.  LBP can lead to work absence and higher medical costs. In a study of 250 employees receiving workers comp- ensation for low back pain, 72 of whom had no physically therapeutic care, patients receiving spinal adjustments experienced greater reductions in pain and disability.  This translated into lower therapeutic costs and a faster return to work (Spine Journal 2006; 6:289-295).

Chiropractic Increases Motor Skills
Chiropractic may also help seniors maintain their motor skills.  In a study researchers asked seniors to use a computer mouse to move their cursors onto a target in the center of a computer screen.  The researchers used a range of widths and target distances to vary the level of difficulty. “All participants in the experimental group (those receiving chiropractic care) had significantly improved movement times following spinal adjustments compared with only one participant in the control group (those not receiving chiropractic care).”

The results demonstrated significant motor-skill improvement among those receiving chiropractic care, leading researchers to suggest that “spinal adjustments may influence motor behavior.” (J Manipul Physiol Ther 2006;29: 257-66)

Chiropractic Promotes Healthier Senior Adults

Researchers at the RAND Corporation compared persons receiving chiropractic care with non-chiropractic patients. The study consisted of senior citizens greater than 75 years of age. Recipients of chiropractic care reported better overall health, spent fewer days in hospitals and nursing homes, used fewer prescription drugs, and were more active than the non-chiropractic patients. (Chiropractic Patients in a Comprehensive Home-Based Geriatric Assessment, Follow-up and Health Promotion Program, Topics In Clinical Chiropractic 1996 (Jun):  3 (2): 46–55) .