National Chiropractic Health Month 2018

‘Move 4 Life’ to Prevent Back Pain, Reduce Disability and Stay Healthy and Strong for a Lifetime

For National Chiropractic Health Month 2018 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its members will encourage the public to move more – to “Move 4 Life” -- to improve and maintain their musculoskeletal and overall health. As part of the campaign, chiropractors will provide information about musculoskeletal health and tips to stay active and prevent injury.

Movement is vitally important to overall health. Physical activity not only helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, it also strengthens our bones and muscles. As we age, the health of our bones, muscles and joints -- also known as our musculoskeletal system -- is especially important in reducing the frequency and severity of back pain as well as preventing falls and other injuries that can lead to disability and limit our ability to engage in daily activities. For these reasons, it’s essential to move now, to move later…to move for life…to stay healthy and strong, active and engaged.

Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which opioid pain medications are prescribed. Since the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States remains a top public health concern, it’s essential for health care consumers and providers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative approaches can get you moving by treating musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain safely and effectively.

For questions about NCHM, email communications@acatoday.org.

For Members of the Chiropractic Profession: 

  • Campaign Toolkit -- resources and ideas to help you participate in National Chiropractic Health Month!

For Members of the Public: Get Moving!

Conservative Care First

The American Chiropractic Association encourages patients and health care providers to first exhaust conservative forms of pain management, when appropriate, before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive treatments such as opioids. This is the essence of a conservative approach to pain.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health and function. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Learn more.

Find an ACA Chiropractor

ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways -- by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. To find an ACA doctor in your area, click here.