‘Chiropractic Care Changes Brain Function’, studies show
When most people hear the word ‘Chiropractic’, they think back pain. And it’s true, Chiropractic is very effective at helping people with back pain, neck pain and a variety of other musculo-skeletal problems. What most people may not know, however, is that helping with back pain in just the tip of the iceberg of the benefits of chiropractic care.
New research from Dr Heidi Haavik and her team at the New Zealand Chiropractic College Centre for Research, has shown beyond a doubt that Chiropractic adjustments change the way the brain functions. Dr Haavik says “Our research backs up other studies which have shown changes in the pre-frontal cortex following chiropractic adjustments. This area of the brain has many important roles which can affect us in our day to day lives, such as muscle control, knowing where our body parts are, and being able to mentally rotate objects (like letters) as well as planning and decision making. Our research shows that Chiropractic adjustments change the way the brain perceives the world around it and processes information.”
Haavik continues “ we have carried out a number of studies which have shown some incredible findings such as better control of pelvic floor muscles, improved muscle strength, and one study that showed reduced risk of falling in elderly people who received a course of chiropractic care”.
Falls are a major cause of concern for elderly people and their families so being able to reduce that risk, safely and non-invasively can make a huge difference for some people.
CAI Chiropractor, Dr Erina Olsen, explains further: “ When we walk down the road, most of us can do this without looking at our feet – we just know where our feet are without looking. This is called proprioception. Our brains know where our body parts are without needing to look at them. The research being published by our colleagues in New Zealand now shows us that when we have dysfunction (improper movement) in our spinal joints particularly, it affects this system of proprioception and we are more likely to be clumsy, bang into things and fall. We’ve always known that our clients tell us they feel less clumsy when they get adjusted - now we know why! In our office, we see a lot of children, many of whom have issues with coordination and muscle control as well as other sensory problems.” Now science is helping us understand why we see these changes from working on the spinal joints.
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