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Local Chiropractic Group Experiences Record Growth During Recession

Oak Brook, IL – May 4, 2009 – Chiro One Wellness Centers, Chicagoland’s fastest growing chiropractic group reports record growth during tough economic times. Chiro One Founding Partner and Chief Marketing Officer, Brett Penager reports the following growth statistics during the 18 months since the recession started in October 2007: Chiro One Wellness Centers have grown from 16 clinics in greater Chicago to 35 in Illinois and Kentucky reflecting a 120% expansion; gross revenues have risen from $60 Million to $150 Million and patient visits have increased from 200,000 to 500,000 annually demonstrating a 150% increase; and Employees have risen from 100 to over 300, showing growth of over 200%.

Recent discouraging economic news spurred on by a failing mortgage market, inflation fears over rising food and energy costs, and talk of recession has resulted in the lowest level of consumer confidence ever recorded by that index since it first started.

History has shown us that the consumer’s perception is in fact economic reality. If everyone says the economy is collapsing then it must be true. Then how is it that the chiropractic profession is experiencing explosive growth?

“For years, chiropractic has been the best kept secret in healthcare in the United States,” states Penager. “It is fast becoming a secret no more. Armed with our Vision, that every human being discovers their full potential, we are making headway into educating our communities and allowing them to choose the extraordinary wellness benefits that chiropractic care provides. It is cost effective, proactive, and empowers the individual to take charge of their health. Our growth is a testament to the voice and vote of the consumer.”

According to a recent Consumer Reports Health Ratings survey (May, 2009), about 80 percent of U.S. adults have been at some point bothered by back pain. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had lower-back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. More than half said the pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88 percent said it recurred throughout the year. Many said the pain interfered with sleep, sex, and efforts to maintain a healthy weight. Most of the Consumer Reports respondents tried five or six different treatments. They rated the helpfulness of the treatments tried and their satisfaction with the health-care professionals visited.

Hands-on therapies were among the top-rated. Who helped the most? The percent of people highly (completely or very) satisfied with their back-pain treatments and advice varied by practioner visited. Fifty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were “completely” or “very” satisfied with their chiropractor.

Research suggest that chiropractic manipulation can reduce acute low-back pain, and many, though certainly not all, of the repsondents who tried it said it helped. Chiropractic can also provide a safe and effective alternative to surgery and prescription medication.

“With tough economic times come stress and the increased need for chiropractic care,” adds Dr. Ashlin Gasiorowski, Clinic Director of Chiro One Wellness Centers of Evanston. “Chiropractic is driven by personal need, not the economy, as physical well-being is an essential, not a luxury that can be easily ignored.”

About Chiro One Wellness Centers

Chiro One serves Chicagoland and Kentucky with 38 convenient clinics and offers a variety of services such as corrective chiropractic care, spinal cord and column rehabilitation, and seminars and lectures on multiple health topics. Tune in to Chiro One’s radio program, “The Wellness Secret” Saturdays, CST at 12:30 p.m. on AM 1160, WYLL.

Chiro One Wellness Center’s Vision is that every human being discovers their full potential. Their Mission (to be) leaders in developing extraordinary wellness for families and individuals by taking a stand for the well being of our communities through education and service.