A study conducted by the Spinal Research Foundation and published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity shows that chiropractic spinal adjustments significantly increase activity in the brain's prefrontal cortex, the area where higher learning and cognition happen.
Chiropractic can support the brain's reaction time, for processing information, motor control, and much more.
It is the entire body that responds to chiropractic adjustments, not just the back.
Did you know that Poor posture alone causes an increase of tension at the base of our skull and at our brainstem? Obviously, a major contributor to spinal misalignment, it can in turn lead to flawed muscular patterns, high blood pressure, digestive issues, headaches, spasms, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
There is growing belief amongst researchers regarding the effect of low back pain on brain activity.
Going all the way back to 2004, the Journal of Neuroscience ran a paper (authored by Vania Apkarian) affirming chronic back pain to be associated with decreased prefrontal and thalamic grey matter density .
The Apkarian study, indicated patients with CBP [chronic back pain] showed 5-11% less neocortical gray matter volume than control subjects.
This loss of gray matter is the equivalent of that lost in 10-20 years of normal aging!
It makes sense that neck pain and CBP can influence both physical, mental, and emotional aspects of consciousness, leading to increased depression and anxiety. Thereby having a major impact on quality of life of the sufferer.
So conversely, regular maintenance of subluxations can help to elevate our state of consciousness back to its original state.
A 2016, study published in the journal #NeuralPlasticity, revealed that adjusting the spine changes brain function [1, 2]. This result was further researched and then studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher .
More and more people are starting to understand that chiropractic therapy can help them with more than just back pain.
Chiropractic maintenance can in fact be the foundation of our health care regime.
After all what other therapy can impact all areas of the body?
1. Lelic, D, Niazi, IK, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewes, A and Haavik, H (2016), “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016 (2016).
2. Apkarian A, Sosa Y, Sonty S, Levy R, Harden N, Parrish T, and Gitelman, Chronic Back Pain Is Associated with Decreased Prefrontal and Thalamic Gray Matter Density. Journal of Neuroscience 17 November 2004, 24 (46) 10410-10415; DOI: https://doi.org/10.15