We’re not saying this tongue-in-cheek; we truly believe that the field of chiropractic care can enhance our nation’s health, quality of life, and happiness probably more than any other vocation. With chiropractors on the front line of this movement, they definitely have one of the most vital and essential jobs in the country.
So here are five more reasons why chiropractors are so important!
6. Chiropractic care also helps prevent prescription painkiller addiction…and death.
We don’t have to look any further than the painkiller addiction epidemic in this country to recognize the monumental role of natural healing and remedies like chiropractic. Just how critical is the opioid prescription painkiller problem in the U.S.?
It’s estimated that between 5 and 8 million Americans regularly take opioid painkillers to manage long-term chronic pain. In 2012, Americans filled approximately 260 million prescriptions for opiate painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of admissions to treatment and rehab centers for nonmedical opioid abuse increased 500%, from 35,648 a year to 180,708 a year, respectively.
Overdose deaths from legal prescription opioids have gone up at least 300 percent since 1990 and 400 hundred percent since 1999. In fact, prescription pain pills kill more people than all of those who died from cocaine and heroin, combined!
Wow, chiropractors are more important than ever!
7. Chiropractic care is extremely safe.
Unlike the over-prescription of prescription painkillers and risky surgeries, chiropractic care is safe. In fact, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) pay significantly lower malpractice premium than allopathic doctors (MDs).
Study after study proves that chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective, with almost negligible risks compared to surgeries, treatment with prescription painkillers, and other traditional medical care.
Chiropractors are literally saving lives!
8. Patients are very satisfied with chiropractic care.
Not only do chiropractors have very important jobs, but also they’re doing a fantastic job treating their patients – and making them happy. Recent national surveys show that chiropractic patients express an astounding 95% satisfaction rating that their treatments were effective.
In fact, chiropractic patients were three times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians!
Keep up the great work, DCs!
9. Chiropractic is natural, holistic, and enhances all areas of your life.
As Americans increasingly suffer from ailments like allergies, colds, influenza, stress-related conditions, obesity, ADD, sleep deprivation and insomnia, “text neck” and even more serious issues like Autism, the role of chiropractic care in naturally treatment is paramount.
Chiropractic care doesn’t mask the symptoms of your pain or discomfort, but removes blockages and disruptions in the spine and nervous system, so your body can function optimally and naturally heal itself. Therefore, chiropractic care can help patients sleep better, have more energy, improve their mental health, lose weight, quit smoking, improve their immune system, and a host of other benefits.
So it’s no wonder why the majority of people who use chiropractic consider it an essential part of their heath.
10. The next generation REALLY needs you!
Childhood obesity and its manifestations are literally endangering our children’s lives. In fact, childhood obesity rates have doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years! By 2012, more than one third of all children and adolescents in this country were overweight or obese, and many states now have 40% childhood obesity or overweight rates.
Obesity in children ages 6–11 have increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012, and obesity in adolescents ages 12–19 increased from 5% to nearly 21% during the same time.
The societal cost of our children’s unhealthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits is almost incalculable. Chiropractors are a vital for the effort to educate the public, so parents can make better choices to promote health in their families and turn around the childhood obesity epidemic.
Our next generations will thank you, chiropractors, and hold you in high esteem!