Adjusting Spine Changes Brain Function
If I told you that chiropractic adjustments may change your brain function, what might that mean to you?
A recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity, showed that adjusting the spine changes brain function, by as much as 20%.
“We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. There’s now solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied. This last time it was studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher.” said Dr. Heidi Haavik, one of the researchers who conducted the study.
Of note is the region of the brain that seems to be impacted by the adjustments. Dr Haavik comments:
“The latest study suggests that the changes that we do see in the brain when we adjust the spine do occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain.”
What this suggests should get you excited. You see, the prefrontal cortex plays an important role in our cognitive systems. Specifically, the prefrontal cortex is involved in managing complex things like reason and logic, ability to problem solve, memory and also in the shaping of our personalities.
Just imagine if chiropractic adjustments could play a positive role in enhancing any or all of these processes?
These results could contribute to an explanation of the many previously observed research results on the benefits of chiropractic care. Indeed, Dr. Haavik connects the dots and observes that:
“An effect on the function of the prefrontal cortex could explain many previous research results, such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control.”
If this research is valid, or if this research has revealed a new area of study to be further explored, the benefits that come from chiropractic adjustments on the spine could really be expanded.
Could the benefits of chiropractic treatment go beyond pain reduction and improvement of muscle function? This is a good question… and just how far these benefits could go remains to be seen.
Award Winning Research
Dr Heidi Haavik and her team recently won first place at The Parker Experience Seminars in Las Vegas for this very research study. Specifically, their research poster based on this study won first prize.
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- Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016