Patient Perspectives: Does Back Pain Affect My Overall Health?

Many chronic back pain and neck pain sufferers have reported that their condition has led to a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional problems. From headaches, migraines, and digestive issues, to depression, anxiety, fatigue, and compromised immune systems.1-3

Does Back Pain Effect Your Health?

Yes. Recent studies clearly indicate that alterations in alignment of the sagittal plane (side view) of the spine are strong determinants of back pain, disability, and health status; this is especially true for the lumbo-pelvic region of the spine.4-6 For example, in a 2002 report, Korovesis et al4 prospectively evaluated the lumbar lordosis (side curvature) in 100 normal controls age, sex, weight, and occupation matched to 100 Chronic LBP subjects between the ages of 20-70 years. In addition, to radiographic alignment, all subjects completed the SF-36 Health Status Questionnaire. It was found that chronic LBP statistically correlated to general health, physical function, emotional function, social function and pain. Importantly, all these variables were also statistically correlated to a reduced overall lumbar lordosis, a reduced L4-S1 lordosis, and a reduced L4-S1 lumbar disc height index.

It’s not just your bones, muscles, ligaments, and discs that feel the effects of spinal misalignment; your nervous system will be affected too. The nervous system is responsible for EVERY function of the human body. The brain sends vital nerve energy down into the spine, and out to all the limbs and organs – effortlessly and without any interference. The reality is that when people’s spines have been misaligned one way or another, this altered alignment exerts excessive and sometimes, dangerous, pressure on the delicate nerves flowing out of the spine.

Generically, altered nervous system pressures from spinal misalignment can be thought of as nerve interference. This interference not only causes pain and discomfort in the back and neck, but more importantly cuts down on vital nerve energy from reaching other body systems. Without proper nerve energy, body systems may experience dysfunction and eventually disease may set in.

Surgery vs. Conservative Care?

While severe spine deformities can require surgical interventions, why not fix the problem before it gets to that point. As early as 2002, studies demonstrated that very focused conservative-non-surgical methods can improve the sagittal plane alignment in patients with low back pain and disability.7-10 One of the most successful non-surgical methods for restoration of the lumbar lordosis and pelvic tilt is called extension lumbar traction; this was developed and tested by Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP Technique researchers.7 More than a decade later, other researchers have confirmed what Chiropractic BioPhysics researchers reported and suggested in 2002 – that correction of the lumbar side view of the spine improves back pain, disability, and nerve function.8-10

How Does Spinal Misalignment Happen?

Spinal misalignment is a result of poor postural habits (computer use, driving, watching TV), automobile accidents, sports injuries, and even birth trauma. Everyone who experiences gravity, will eventually experience some sort of spinal misalignment. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are often the last indications of spinal misalignment, since the majority of internal organs don’t have many pain receptors and can’t signal that something is wrong. Fatigue, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, acid reflux disease, asthma, high blood pressure, allergies, weak immune system, and difficulty sleeping are all common indications that there can be a serious spinal misalignment.

What Can Be Done to Remedy This?

One of the best ways to eliminate the source of pain, dysfunction, and disease is to realign the spine back to its correct shape, and take pressure off of the delicate nerves in the neck and back.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® or CBP Technique is one of the most researched, scientific, and results-oriented corrective care techniques in the world. Chiropractors who practice CBP have seen tremendous results with patients suffering with chronic back and neck pain, disease, and in many cases, even organ dysfunction.

How Can You Get Help?

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See for providers in your area.

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Your Neck Curvature Will Help You or HURT YOU if You’re Involved in a Car Crash

Lordosis Protects from Whiplash

Unfortunately, many people can relate to having been involved in a car crash or motor vehicle collision (MVC) at some point in their lives. Whether it was a major accident or a minor one, MVC’s are no fun and can cause a variety of minor to serious injuries to those persons in the vehicles. These injuries are commonly and collectively referred to as ‘Whiplash Injuries’. The financial implications of a MVC, as well as interruption of your daily routine due to whiplash are also other major detriments of car crashes that may take years to recover from.

With more distracted drivers texting and speaking on their phones, MVC’s are on the rise, making for much more dangerous roadways. While we cannot control other people’s behaviors, we can certainly drive more cautiously and defensively to hopefully avoid being in a car accident. Unfortunately, MVC’s do happen despite our best efforts, so being prepared and having a plan in mind is key to recovering quickly and getting back on our feet again.
Cervical Lordosis Boise ChiropractorMore serious car accidents mean more serious injuries, ranging from cuts and bruise to broken bones, brain damage, and even death. At first, less serious MVC’s however, may not seem like a big deal, with victims often walking away without a scratch, believing they have escaped the crash unscathed. Others may only complain of a slight headache, neck pain, stiff or kinked neck while resorting to taking over the counter pain killers, or wearing a neck brace to assist with their recovery – something that is far from addressing the true cause of the injury.

What most lay people (and even many physicians) don’t realize is the extent to which the CERVICAL LORDOIS (curvature in your neck from the side) plays a role in both: 1) the extent of the initial injury to the occupant(s) and 2) the long term pain and suffering from whiplash injury to the occupants. Furthermore, the MVC itself will damage the cervical lordosis.

1. Concerning the extent of initial injury, researchers have found that having a well preserved cervical lordosis actually prevents neck tissue damage to the sensitive cervical spine ligaments.1 In the figure at the top, the right hand image demonstrates what a normal cervical curve looks like when viewed from the side and the person facing to the right. In contrast, the same researchers identified that straightened cervical curves and worse yet, reversed (kyphotic) cervical curves predisposed to more severe cervical spine tissue injuries due to more extreme forces acting on the neck during the exact same MVC circumstances. The x-rays above at the far left and the middle show abnormal neck curves where more severe injury to the person is likely to result should they be involved in an MVC.

Thus, if you already have an abnormal cervical curvature prior to any MVC, it is in your best interest to rehabilitate the shape and amount of your cervical lordosis. If you do not, you’re at a higher risk of having more serious injuries should you be involved in a MVC.1

2. In terms of long term pain and suffering, several research studies have identified that the patients who experience long term whiplash injuries and suffering are in fact the ones that have abnormal cervical lordosis. Straightened, S-curves, and Reversed cervical curvatures have been found to pre-dispose to the following conditions after MVC:2-6

• Neck pain and stiffness,
• Headaches,
• Arm pain,
• Thoracic outlet symptoms,
• Dizziness,
• Lack of concentration,
• Degenerative arthritis in the cervical spine,
• Disc herinations.

What many whiplash injured subjects don’t realize is that a slight headache or neck pain is a true sign of a much more serious injury to your cervical lordosis and underlying neck tissues. Spinal misalignments as a result of the sudden jolt of the MVC may manifest immediately, or not become evident at all for a long period of time. But this doesn’t mean the spine is healthy or that no injury was sustained.

The fact is that MVC’s statistically damage the shape of your cervical lordosis. Researchers from Chiropractic BioPhysics have identified that the average patient exposed to a MVC will lose 10 degrees of their cervical lordosis, develop a mid cervical kyphosis, and have increased forward head posture as a result of the MVC.7

A misaligned cervical curvature as a result of a MVC is a serious health condition. Altered cervical curves will cause nerve interference – hindrance of critical nerve energy that is responsible for every function of our organs, and every movement of our limbs. Ignoring the cervical spinal misalignment can manifest into pain and discomfort, fatigue, sleep disorders, organ dysfunction, depression, and eventually disease.

What Can You Do to Improve Your Cervical Lordosis?

Improving Cervical LordosisIf you have been in a minor or major car accident, please see a corrective care chiropractor immediately for a full assessment of the health of your spine, even if you don’t feel any discomfort whatsoever. A small misalignment can only get worse with time, so addressing this injury quickly can mean a faster recovery time and less health problems in the future.

Corrective methods using Chiropractic BioPhysics® or CBP® Technique extension traction procedures and devices are the only true evidence based methods that have been shown to statistically and clinically improve the amount of cervical lordosis without the use of surgery. This has been documented in several clinical trials and case reports.8-11 Other conservative methods may restore the cervical lordosis in selected cases, but these have never been proven in clinical trials and are thus, at best, hit and miss. If you are suffering from an altered cervical lordosis as a result of a MVC, use the procedures that are truly scientifically supported.

References and links to the pubmed research articles:
1 Stemper et al. Journal of Biomechanics 2005:
2 Kai et al. Journal of Spinal Disorders 2001:
3 Hohl M. Journal of bone and Joint Surgery Am. 1974:
4 Norris SH and Watt I. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1983:
5 Giuliano V. Emergency Radiology 2002:
6 Kristjansson E, et al. JMPT 2002:
7 Harrison DE, Katz E. Abnormal static sagittal cervical curvatures following motor vehicle collisions: Literature review, original data, and conservative management strategies. Proceedings of the International Whiplash Trauma Congress 2006; Portland, OR, June 2-3, pages 24-25.
8 Harrison DD et al. JMPT 1994:
9 Harrison DE et al. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2002
10 Harrison DE et al. JMPT 2003
11 Ferrantelli JR, et al. JMPT 2005:

Chiropractic Care and Acid Reflux Disease / GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD / Acid Reflux Disease), is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the world, especially among middle-aged and the older segment of the population. However, even pediatric populations are developing GERD signs and symptoms at an alarming rate. Ignoring GERD symptoms or failing to eliminate the cause, can lead to ulcers and esophageal cancer.

While diet, smoking, stress, caffeine intake, and certain drugs all contribute to GERD, recent studies suggest that lumbar kyphosis – or the abnormal curvature of the spine – combined with back muscle weakness, can have a “significant effect” on the presence of the disease. Furthermore, increased thoracic–mid back- curvature called hyper-kyphosis has also been found to cause and / or contribute to the signs and symptoms of GERD. There are at least two mechanisms whereby altered spinal and postural alignment can lead to GERD.

First is a direct mechanical effect. Lumbar kyphosis and thoracic hyper-kyphosis will increase the pressure placed on the stomach and esophageal system; in some cases the pressure is so severe, it will cause a displacement of the stomach downward leading to a condition known as hiatal hernia. Furthermore, the altered spinal-posture alignment will cause inhibition of the stomach-gastric muscle reflex activity that is critically important for digestion and transportation of food from the stomach to the intestines. In the end, this complex reaction caused by altered spinal alignment is what leads to GERD in many cases.

Second is a direct and indirect neurological effect. Further compounding the mechanical causation of GERD is the fact that slight, moderate, and severe spinal abnormalities and misalignments in the spine will put unnecessary and often detrimental amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves coming out of the spine. Since the nervous system is responsible for EVERY function of the human body, including movement of our limbs and the function of our vital organs, it should be apparent that altered and inhibited nerve activity – as a result of poor posture– can also lead to disturbances of stomach function. Chiropractors call altered nerve function from altered spinal alignment “Nerve Interference”.

Nerve interference can diminish the amount of vital nerve energy reaching the organs, including the stomach. If left untreated, the stomach and digestive tract will go into a state of dysfunction, and eventually disease. Many GERD sufferers under the care of corrective care chiropractors have reported significant reduction in their symptoms. That’s because realigning the spine back to its healthy shape and strengthening the back muscles reduces the mechanical pressure on the internal organs and allows nerve energy to flow freely throughout the body; therefore restoring normal function to the stomach and other vital organs.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® or CBP® Technique is one of the most researched, scientific, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. It aims to realign the spine back to health, eliminate nerve interference, and return the body to a state of health and wellness.

If you or a loved one is suffering with GERD / Acid Reflux Disease contact a CBP Certified or trained Chiropractor in your area to get help. No matter how many bland diets you go on, lifestyle changes you make, or proton pump inhibitors you take, the source of the disease and dysfunction may not necessarily go away, unless your spinal misalignments are addressed and corrected.

Contact our team of Chiropractic BioPhysics experts at and learn more about how Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can help you realign your spine and eliminate the root cause of Acid Reflux Disease / GERD for good.

Supporting scientific references.


Curtis Fedorchuk DC and Andrew St. Bernard DC. Improvement in Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease Following Chiropractic Care and the ALCAT Procedure. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, June 23, 2011, pp 44-50.


Can Chiropractic Help With Asthma?

In the United States, asthma cases have increased significantly by about 60% in the past 30 years, with asthma related deaths now standing at 5,000 each year. With the rise in asthma cases, more patients are seeking alternative solutions to control their symptoms.

But is chiropractic care right for you? How effective is chiropractic care in diminishing your asthma symptoms? The answers will surprise you.

According to research, the skyrocketing number of asthma cases has to do with environmental variables such as increased pollution, food preservatives, mold and even genetics to name a few.

While seeing a young child with an inhaler was quite a strange site in the 1980’s, today it is not that uncommon to see several kids in a classroom take out their inhalers for much needed relief. Asthma has become a huge problem and everyone agrees that future generations can expect to see even higher numbers of sufferers. Unfortunately there is no cure for asthma but there are ways to control the symptoms and stop it from becoming a larger problem that it already is.

Experts agree that staying out of pollution, eating right, and living in a clean environment all help with the onset of symptoms, but what you may not have known is that chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce symptoms in both kids and adults alike. Why? Because another significant reason that contributes to the onset of asthma has to do with poor spinal health.

Sadly, today’s generation is glued to their smartphones, TVs, video games and computers, and spend very little time being active. Naturally, their postures suffer, causing slight to severe misalignments in their spine.

While most don’t realize the harmful effects of their poor posture, chiropractors know very well that even the slightest pressure on the delicate nerves can cause havoc elsewhere in the body, and not just manifest as pain, but issues with the function of vital organs.

Regular corrective chiropractic care has shown eliminate spinal misalignment, significantly increasing nerve flow energy and restoring the function of all critical organs, including the lungs, the heart and digestive systems.

CBP or Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most advanced, result-oriented chiropractic technique. Patients who have gone through the CBP treatment have shown significant improvements in their asthma. By addressing the root cause of the problem, CBP chiropractors are able to eliminate the major source of asthma and help patients live a more normal life again.

The majority of patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report an immediate end to their asthma symptoms, but more importantly feel vibrant, energized, and notice their overall health improving every day.


Corrective Chiropractic: Back Surgery Alternatives

Recent studies released by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) confirms what the chiropractic community has been preaching for years. Despite the severity of back pain, there is significant hope for full recovery by means of getting treatment from a chiropractor versus going through invasive back surgery. The study concentrated on workers suffering from back injury and released shocking data on just how unnecessary back surgery may be.

As stated below in the official excerpt from the NCBI website, when back pain patients saw a back surgeon first, they were 42.7% more likely to go through with back surgery as means of treatment. Compare that number to only 1.5% of patients who first saw a chiropractor.

So what does all this mean?
Chiropractic works, and it works without invasive surgery or habit forming pain medication. According to these numbers, more than 98% of patients who saw their chiropractor experienced a significant reduction or elimination of their back pain, so had no need to see a back surgeon. These patients were then able to get back to work within a few short weeks or months and live a normal life again.

Despite what back surgeons have been trained to say or do, surgery is not the only answer, nor should it be your first choice.

The cutting edge science of chiropractic has helped millions of Americans avoid back surgery through non-invasive treatment methods – something that the medical field is not proud to admit. So why put yourself under the knife when all it takes is seeing your chiropractor?


Study Design
Prospective population-based cohort study.

To identify early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury.

Summary of Background Data
Back injuries are the most prevalent occupational injury in the United States. Few prospective studies have examined early predictors of spine surgery after work-related back injury.

Using Disability Risk Identification Study Cohort (D-RISC) data, we examined the early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years among Washington State workers, with new workers compensation temporary total disability claims for back injuries. Baseline measures included worker-reported measures obtained approximately 3 weeks after claim submission. We used medical bill data to determine whether participants underwent surgery, covered by the claim, within 3 years. Baseline predictors (P < 0.10) of surgery in bivariate analyses were included in a multivariate logistic regression model predicting lumbar spine surgery. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of the model was used to determine the model’s ability to identify correctly workers who underwent surgery.

In the D-RISC sample of 1885 workers, 174 (9.2%) had a lumbar spine surgery within 3 years. Baseline variables associated with surgery (P < 0.05) in the multivariate model included higher Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, greater injury severity, and surgeon as first provider seen for the injury. Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those younger than 35 years, females, Hispanics, and those whose first provider was a chiropractor. Approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of the multivariate model was 0.93 (95% confidence interval, 0.92-0.95), indicating excellent ability to discriminate between workers who would versus would not have surgery.

Baseline variables in multiple domains predicted lumbar spine surgery. There was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury even after adjustment for other important variables.

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Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP – the most scientific and researched corrective chiropractic care – aims to eliminate nerve interference by realigning the spine back to its normal shape. The majority of patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report an immediate end to their neck or back pain, but more importantly feel vibrant, energized, and notice their overall health improving every day.


Corrective Chiropractic: Holiday Health Toll

The holiday season can be one of the unhealthiest times of the year for most Americans. From stressful family gatherings, holiday office parties, and dinner feasts, to traveling, lounging in the lazy chair, and countless hours spent at the mall – it can all add tremendous amounts of emotional and physical stress to our bodies.

Studies show that Americans are prone to disease, fatigue, pain, and depression between mid-November and the start of the New Year. That’s why five of the top ten New Year’s resolutions involve getting healthier and happier.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize what a HUGE role a healthy spine plays in the overall health and wellness of their minds and bodies; otherwise they would take better care of it. Misalignments in the spine – due to poor posture lounging in your lazy chair, gaining an extra 5-10 pounds eating holiday meals, carrying countless boxes and bags throughout the mall, or lifting your nieces and nephews – can exert excessive and dangerous amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves coming out of the spine.

Excessive pressure on the delicate nerves, diminish the flow of vital nerve energy from reaching your organs, creating pain, disease, dysfunction, and fatigue.

You can think of your spine and nervous system as the holiday lights on your house. Now imagine a rat, mouse, or gopher taking a bite out of a section of wiring, cutting electricity to half of your masterpiece. That’s exactly what happens to your organs when misalignments in the spine cut nerve energy from reaching them; they go into a state of dysfunction and eventually disease.

Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP – the most scientific and researched corrective chiropractic care – aims to eliminate nerve interference by realigning the spine back to its normal shape. The majority of patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report an immediate end to their neck or back pain, but more importantly feel vibrant, energized, and notice their overall health improving every day.


Corrective Chiropractic: The Source of Fatigue

Every day, millions of Americans suffer from lack of energy and fatigue. Unfortunately, most people resort to taking over the counter or prescription medication, drinking coffee or highly caffeinated beverages, or calling-in sick to school / work just to catch up on much needed rest.

Over the past decade, major beverage companies have capitalized on this trend by producing and marketing a wide range of highly sugary and caffeinated energy drinks to “help” kids, teens, and adults cope with fatigue. Aside from the obvious side effects such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even addiction, energy drinks dangerously mask the root cause of fatigue, and the disease or condition that created it in the first place.

Giving your tired body caffeinated energy beverages for a temporary boost is like jump-starting your old car battery with the help of a tow truck. Sooner or later you have to look under the hood and buy a new battery.

The body’s life energy source is the nervous system – responsible for facilitating millions of daily functions throughout our bodies, including movement of the limbs, digestion, hormone regulation, heartbeat, and even the health of our vital organs.

Unfortunately, poor posture, accidents, injuries, and even birth trauma shifts the spine out of alignment, putting unnecessary and often dangerous amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves in the neck and back. Nerve interference therefore cuts down vital nerve flow from reaching your organs, leading to fatigue, pain, organ dysfunction, and eventually disease.

Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP – the most scientific and researched corrective chiropractic care – aims to eliminate nerve interference by realigning the spine back to its normal shape. The majority of patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report an immediate end to their neck or back pain, but more importantly feel vibrant, energized, and notice their overall health improving every day.