Can you boost your body communication network?
Chiropractors work with the spine and central nervous system. The spine and central nervous system work together to influence the whole body. Chiropractic is a health science that was founded in 1895 in the USA by D.D. Palmer, and was developed further by his son, B.J. Palmer.
In 1903 Thomas Edison was concerned about the healthcare of his time and stated: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
What is chiropractic?
So what is this truth that chiropractic exemplifies? It’s pretty basic really; the brain and nervous system coordinate the whole body. The most direct conduit of information from brain to body and back is the spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by the cranium, the twenty-four spinal vertebrae, the sacrum, and the coccyx, which are all mobile. The body is usually a self-healing, self-regulating organism. Anything that compromises the normal integrity of the skeletal framework and spine has the capacity to compromise normal nerve function elsewhere in the body. Simple enough?
If these joints become stiff or too mobile, this can create a hyper-excitable central state in the nervous system. This is akin to background noise in a poorly tuned radio. In the case of the nervous system, it has the effect of scrambling information being received or sent by the brain.
According to what is compromised in each individual case, symptoms are often very predictable, but some may be completely unpredictable, especially if they compromise the autonomic nervous system that regulates our organic function, hormonal systems, and our neurochemistry.
It is thought that gentle and subtle correction of such mechanical derangements by chiropractic adjustments can reverse the hyper-excitable central state and explain a myriad of symptoms that will not respond to any other therapy.
There has been a lot of fascinating neuroscience research coming out of New Zealand. Chiropractic Researcher and PhD neuroscientist Heidi Haavik is at the University of Auckland. Her research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustment (specific manipulation) of spinal vertebral joints has a positive effect on stimulating the frontal cortex of the brain, as well as providing demonstrable benefits with improved coordination and neuromotor skills(1).
Chiropractic seems to assist the brain and the body to communicate more coherently, for want of a better expression (2).
One study showed that chiropractic care can make you stronger (3). The amazing thing was that the changes seen within the central nervous system seen in this study were very similar to what has previously been shown after three weeks of strength training, demonstrating powerful changes in the brain and spinal cord.
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1.Lelic et al. Neural Plasticity 2016:3704964
2.Haavik Taylor & Murphy.Chiro Journal Australia. 2007;37:106-116
3.Niazietal.Exp Brain Res. 2015;1165-1173.