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Screen Time Shrinks Your Brain...but there's HOPE!

The immediate impact that chiropractic adjustments have on our brains cannot be understated. The original understanding that subluxation was a bone out of place pressing on a nerve was too simple (it wasn’t wrong – just too basic). Recent research has shown that spinal nerve interference has a much greater effect than previously thought. The result remains the same though: less brain to body and body to brain communication and therefore poor function and healing.

An area in our brain called the insula is responsible for consciousness, emotion, homeostasis (specific control of our internal environment), perception, motor control, cognitive functioning (reason, memory and attention) and interpersonal space. Multiple research studies have shown that increased screen time (phone, tablet, computer, TV, etc) literally shrinks the size and decreases the activity of the insula! The results are loss of ability to develop empathy and compassion for others, impulsiveness, moodiness, poor ability to focus and loss of ability to integrate physical signals with emotion.

“Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with
structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional
processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitive control.”

How does chiropractic fit in? Spinal adjustments directly stimulate nerves in the spinothalamic tract of our spinal cord. Those nerves send signals to several areas of our brain, including our insula. Chiropractic adjustments remove subluxation and increase nerve function that literally brings life back into our brain. Chiropractic is becoming even more important, not only to flourish, but just to survive daily life.

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