On March 1, 2014, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Monica Brant, and numerous other famous athletes showed their support for chiropractic by speaking at the International Chiropractors Association’s Council on Sports & Fitness Symposium in Columbus, Ohio.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has always been a supporter of chiropractic and has spoken at this chiropractic event for the past 22 years. “This is the great thing about chiropractic. It’s not only when someone has an injury or a time when there’s a problem they come to the chiropractor.” Arnold continued by praising how chiropractors don’t just care for those who are having problems and are proactive with their patients, “…that’s not the only thing you do. You then give them advice on how not to get injured, and how not to get sick in the first place.”
Also in attendance was Dr. Franco Columbo, a chiropractor and former body builder who won the Mr. Olympia title twice, each time the year after Arnold. “Nothing gives you more than the chiropractic profession when it comes to health and longevity, not only for yourself, but also for your friends.” Dr. Columbo continued, “Chiropractic, more than any other profession helps you do things, instead of just giving you drugs and sending you home.”
Actor Joe Manganiello, who starred in numerous movies including Magic Mike and True Blood, accompanied Arnold to the chiropractic event. He is also a supporter of chiropractic. “I have been no stranger to chiropractic offices over the past few years. A few years back, I pinched a nerve between my five and six vertebrae and my whole back locked up.” He went on to explain that he needed to get back on the set of the movie he was shooting, “Through a great chiropractor in Los Angeles he was able to unlock that nerve. I was able to get back into shape and keep going.” He continued by noting how important chiropractic is to him. “It has been a huge part of my life.”
Body building legend and eight-time Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney spoke at the chiropractic program and gave his testimony of how chiropractic has helped him. Also presenting was Monica Brant, a multiple Ms. Fitness and Figure Champion, and a legend in women’s physique and fitness competitions, who also recanted how chiropractic helped her compete at the high level she has for years.
Before taking a picture with every chiropractor attending the event, Arnold summed up all the athletes and celebrities’ affection for chiropractic by saying, “As you can see we all love you. We love your profession.”