The Financial Benefits of Chiro-Practical Healthcare
By The Joint Chiropractic
Let’s face it, sickness or pain are the major motivators for visiting a doctor’s office. Although the case for preventative care can be made, its importance is often overlooked. The benefits far outweigh the sacrifices. However, unless struck with a health crisis, we don’t prioritize our health until after the problem has occurred. We pursue our careers, raise our families and try to make our mark in life with little emphasis on the very thing that will stop us dead in our tracks if lost: our health. What if we could make a case that neglecting your health could actually affect your pocketbook? Would that help get your attention?
There are specific economic benefits to preventive health care, including a decrease in health care cost and an increase in work productivity. Prevention can reduce the significant economic burden of disease, in addition to improving the length and quality of people’s lives. Treatment, lost productivity, and health care costs are significant burdens to the economy, families, and businesses. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the following examples show why prevention is the best buy in health:
A 5 percent reduction in the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) would save $25 billion in 5 years.
A 1 percent reduction in weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol risk factors would save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person.
Increasing use of preventive services to include tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening and aspirin use to just 90 percent of the recommended levels could save as much as $3.7 billion annually in medical costs.
Individual medical costs are reduced by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs, according to a recent study.
Reducing average population sodium intake from 3,400 to 2,300 milligrams per day could save $18 billion in health care costs annually.
Asthma, high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity each reduce annual productivity by between $200 and $440 per person in the average workplace.
Research from the Milken Institute suggests that a modest reduction in avoidable risk factors could lead to a gain of more than $1 trillion annually in labor supply and efficiency by 2023.
Prevention policies and programs are often cost-effective, reduce health care costs, and improve productivity. With billions of dollars spent each year attending to the sick, the cost continues to rise each year. Health care is one of the largest expenditures in our country and it’s no wonder why. How can we call our system “health care” when it practices just the opposite? Our failures demand we take a more preventive, practical approach.
The chiro-practical approach to health looks to the cause of your symptoms, thereby helping to prevent or decrease their occurrence. Doctors of Chiropractic are also highly trained in helping you make the right choices in your diet, daily exercise routine and overall health regimen.
Symptoms (pain) are simply your body’s way of telling you something is wrong; for every symptom there must be a cause. Something as simple as sitting or standing all day can cause stress to your spine and extremities. This stress can cause joint restrictions, otherwise known as “joint dysfunctions,” many times without you even knowing it. When spinal joints become restricted in movement, the rest of the body can be affected in ways you never thought possible. These joint restrictions can cause a lack of motion that can cause an interruption of the nerve communication from the brain to the body. This interruption in nerve communication can inhibit your performance and your body’s ability to function at its best, often resulting in pain or discomfort.
Chiropractors apply a gentle, targeted movement to the restricted joints to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities, thereby enhancing nerve function. This highly controlled procedure is known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Beyond the Back
Chiropractic isn’t just for back pain. Many symptoms and inflammatory processes within the body can be attributed to joint restrictions within the spine. Chiropractic has been known to be effective in providing relief for a variety of conditions such as headaches, arm or leg pain, numbness in the hands or feet, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the general aches and pains associated with the pregnancy stage. Regardless of whether you are young or old, suffering from pain or not, make chiropractic a part of your wellness lifestyle and have your spine checked for joint dysfunctions. Keeping your body functioning at its peak is one of the best investments you will ever make.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive forms of health care available for all ages. More and more people are experiencing the benefits of routine chiropractic care than ever before. They are learning that chiropractic makes a much better vitamin than it does an aspirin. Discover how millions of Americans have not only found relief from pain, but also a pathway to wellness without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery -- and the accompanying pharmaceutical costs -- through the “chiro-practical” and economic approach to healthcare.
About The Joint Chiropractic
The Joint Chiropractic is the largest network of chiropractors and chiropractic offices in the United States and performs more than 4 million patient visits per year. It provides affordable personalized treatment plans, and accessible locations with evening and weekend hours that make it easier to experience the benefits of chiropractic and improved quality of life.
To learn more about The Joint Chiropractic or to find the clinic nearest you, visit thejoint.com today.
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