Whether you realize it or not, how you carry your body profoundly affects your overall health. It’s important to prioritize your posture for better health. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain and even make it harder to digest your daily food, no matter how healthy your diet is. Today, we take a quick look at how to improve your posture to maintain a strong core, improve your flexibility, and decrease daily discomfort.

Visit Your Chiropractor

Chiropractic manipulation and care can help keep your spine and joints in alignment. At Integrative Health And Rehabilitation, Dr. Doran works with patients of all ages, and he can help you get back to living your best life. Your chiropractor can help you manage your overall health and wellness and even teach you how to improve your posture.

Importantly, if you do visit your chiropractor for back or neck pain, it’s important to share other medical records with them to help rule out underlying causes of pain that chiropractic might not be able to help with. To do this, try this PDF file converter to turn scanned documents into a file you can easily share by simply dragging and dropping your information and saving it to your preferred device or cloud system.

Look At Your Chair

How comfortable is your office chair? If the answer is anything other than “very,” then it might be time to look for something that provides more support. Look for an office chair that you can adjust to and has the right armrest type, allowing your arms to rest at a 90° angle. You’ll want a chair that fits your body size, so look for an option that gives you at least an inch of space around your hips and thighs.

Stand Up Straight

According to the Mayo Clinic, proper standing posture can prevent back pain. Hold your shoulders back and keep your head level with your body to stand up straight and tall. You also want to pull in your abdomen. When standing this way, your spine rests in a neutral position, and your weight is evenly distributed throughout your body. Standing tall also helps you look more attractive, which may explain why people are obsessed with celebrity heights. How obsessed? How Tall Height and other websites are dedicated to discovering how tall high-profile figures (and fictional characters) are.

Stretch Your Body

Stretching your body helps your muscles and joints maintain pliability and range of motion. Plus, stretching can reduce aches and pains and, as Houston Methodist explains, can even improve tight muscles and stiff joints. Stretch all of your muscles, including those of the lower back and hips. Also, make a point to stretch after exercise. While visiting your chiropractor, ask about stretches specific to your body and how they can help you. A morning stretching routine can help you get your day off to a great start, and you can even do stretches from your bed.

While your posture is not the only thing that matters to your health, maintaining proper body positioning can benefit you in many ways. To prioritize your posture for better health, visit your chiropractor and ensure they have copies of all your medical records. You also want to ensure that your chair (and desk) help you work comfortably and ergonomically. Finally, listen to your mom and stand up straight and tall to look and feel your very best.

If you are considering visiting a chiropractor for the first time or are a devoted fan of your chiropractor, here are some great insights on Chiropractic and the benefits of getting adjusted.

Top Chiropractic Statistics

  • More than 35 million people in the U.S. see a chiropractor every year.
  • Over one million chiropractic adjustments are performed every day in the United States.
  • Women between 45 and 64 are most likely to receive chiropractic care.
  • There are over 70,000 licensed chiropractors in the United States.
  • 77% of chiropractic patients describe it as “very effective.”
  • The probability of injury during a chiropractic adjustment is 40 injuries per 100,000 subjects.

How Many People in the U.S. Visit Chiropractors?

Chiropractors see over 35 million Americans yearly, roughly 10% of the population. That includes both children and adults!

Roughly one million chiropractic adjustments are performed every day in the U.S. alone. With roughly 25% of U.S. adults living with chronic pain, it’s no wonder many patients want to relieve their pain without harmful drugs and dangerous surgeries.

Who is the “Average” Chiropractic Patient?

Women and those between 45 and 64 are most likely to see a chiropractor. Roughly 60% of patients who visit a chiropractor are female. Children between 12 and 17 are most likely to see a chiropractor. Chiropractic patients are also more likely to eat healthy, less likely to take prescription medications, and more likely to exercise.

Why Do People See a Chiropractor?

46% of chiropractic patients receive care for lower back pain, which is why most people see a chiropractor. Neck pain and headaches are the second and third most common reasons for seeing a chiropractor. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches can result from an accident, sports injuries, or a chronic condition like arthritis.

Chiropractic Statistics for 2022:

  • Over 35 million Americans receive chiropractic care every year.
  • Chiropractors perform over one million adjustments in the U.S. every day.
  • Women make up 60% of chiropractic patients.
  • People between 45 and 64 are most likely to see a chiropractor.
  • Children receiving chiropractic care are typically between 12 and 17.
  • 46% of patients reported lower back pain as their reason for seeing a chiropractor.

How Many Chiropractors Are There?

As of 2022, there are over 70,000 licensed chiropractors in the U.S. There are also roughly 10,000 students studying to become chiropractors at one of the many accredited chiropractic schools nationwide. While around the world, there are approximately 100,000Statista shows that California and Florida have the highest number of practicing chiropractors.

Do Chiropractors Help Back Pain?

Over 75% of patients receiving chiropractic care seek relief from back pain and describe it as “very effective.” Research published by Consumer Reports showed that Chiropractic outperformed prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, and meditation for effectively treating lower back pain.

65% of the patients surveyed said chiropractic “helped a lot.” Many Chiropractors also use complementary therapies like acupuncture, laser therapy, and electric muscle stimulation.

Is Chiropractic Care Effective for Neck Pain?

Studies have proven chiropractic care is also very good at relieving neck pain, headaches, and migraines. Published studies show that chiropractic adjustments can reduce pain and increase cervical flexibility. In fact, Neck Disability Index scores were reduced by over 70% for those receiving chiropractic care.

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Injure You?

Chiropractors have an injury rate of roughly 40 injuries per 100,000 visits in patient populations over 66. MDs reported 153 incidents of injuring patients per 100,000 visits. Because of these well-researched statistics, chiropractors are among the safest healthcare providers in the U.S.

How Often Do Chiropractors Cause Strokes?

There are roughly one to three-stroke incidents reported per one million chiropractic treatments. Of the many studies examining the incidence of stroke after chiropractic care (specifically cervical manipulation), the consensus is one to three-stroke incidents per 1,000,000 chiropractic visits. To perform 1,000,000 million adjustments would require the chiropractor to see roughly 20 patients daily, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, for almost 200 years!  

How Many Deaths Are Caused by Chiropractors?

In fact, deaths caused by chiropractic adjustments are extremely rare. In fact, neck adjustments cause significantly fewer deaths than cervical spine surgeries.

As noted above, research shows the risk of dying from chiropractic neck adjustments is between one and three per million adjustments. The estimated risk of death during spinal surgery is 555 per 100,000 patients. For comparison, accidental falls cause 13.7 deaths per 100,000 people, while accidental poisonings cause 30.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

As you can see, the benefits of chiropractic care vastly outweigh the risks associated with other treatments or even daily events that we all take part in. In fact, our patients frequently tell us they get relief from conditions unrelated to their initial complaints. If you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, or headaches, be confident that the 5-Star Google Chiropractors at Integrative Health and Rehabilitation providers will provide safe and effective treatment for you and your family. Use the button below to schedule an appointment with us today, or call (303) 424-7171.  Our office is conveniently located for patients in Arvada, Denver, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado! Looking for a Chiropractor in Denver? Still have questions about your posture? Contact us! Ready to start feeling better? Book an appointment online!