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It's All About the Brain

The intent of blog posts is to give you something useful to apply immediately, or to stimulate some thought about your own health choices. This one is to remind you how much more a chiropractic adjustment is than an ‘alternative’ way to relieve neck pain, back pain or headaches.

In 1976, Irvin Korr published a series of papers pointing to the fact that an alteration in any area of the spine (subluxation) negatively affects nerve system function. Back then, and even now, there continues to be a strong medical emphasis primarily on organ function as the way health is created and maintained. In reality, the musculoskeletal system has 90% of the connections to the nerve system! The spine provides much more than body structure and spinal cord protection. Korr showed that subluxation causes an increase in the ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic response.

A study in 2011 revealed that a single chiropractic adjustment has an immediate affect on brain function. The ‘tone’ of the nerve system changed and resulted in decreased release of stress hormones, changes in brain metabolism, decrease in muscle tension and decrease in pain intensity. We know the spine has the ONLY direct link to the hypothalamus (brain structure responsible for control of: blood pressure, bonding, metabolism, memory, sleep, thyroid function, sexuality and lots more) and has a massive impact on its proper function.

A 2007 study showed the impact neck adjustments have on people who had no pain. When subjects were checked for subluxations and adjusted, there were changes in the outer areas of their brains and an increase in the ability to form new nerve pathways (neuroplasticity). How many people in our community need to know that subluxations create abnormal brain physiology without causing any known symptoms?

The most recent research showing similar results was published in January 2017. Following chiropractic adjustments specialized brain scans showed changes in brain activity (areas responsible for thoughtful processing and perception), relaxation of neck muscles, decrease in stress chemicals and decrease in pain.

All these studies show that when abnormal nerve function occurs because of subluxation, the central nerve system receives excessive signals and ‘noise’ from the joints and muscles. That noise confuses our brains. The adjustment reduces these signals and improves our ability to adapt to internal and external stresses.

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