Ground Breaking Research on the Importance of a Healthy Spine for a Healthy Brain.
Chiropractic care improves the movement of the spinal joints, which improves the quality of the information going to the brain, and therefore inproves the brains ability to understand and regulate what is happening in the body.
A recent study from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic wanted to see if 12 weeks of chiropractic care could improve the risk of falling in the elderly. They studied (amongst other things) how quickly and accurately someone could place their foot on a certain spot when prompted. They found some amazing results. Initially, after 4 weeks, there was little change in the study participants ability to step accurately without looking (proprioception). However, after 12 weeks there was significant improvements. What the researchers concluded was that a 12 week period of regular chiropractic care improved joint position sense, and how the brain processes sensory imformation. That is people were better able to interpret and respond to environmental stimulus, and this directly reduced their risk of falling. Not only that, but people involved in the study also reported improvements in quality of life and improvements in many other health issues they had been experiencing. This by no means suggests that Chiropractic treats any medical conditions, simply that when the brain and body are functioning well, people experience better health and better quality of life. It is also interesting to note that the most significant changes took time to acheive, with far better results being recorded after 12 weeks than 4 weeks.
From October 12th to 17th the Chiropractic Associaiton of Ireland will be holding our annual Striaghten Up Ireland promotion in conjunction with World Spine Day. This year our theme is ‘Healthy Brain, Healthy Spine.’ This year we aim to raise awareness of the importance of good spinal function and the connection to spinal health and brain function.
Particiapting Chiropractors around the country will be offering Spine and Nervous system checks for €30.00. To purchase your voucher, visit Fundraiser for Spinal Injuries Ireland. All proceds will be donated to our charity partner Spinal Injuries Ireland.
If you are interested in learning more about your spinal health and how chiropractic can help improve spinal and brain function, go to www.chiropractic.ie to locate your nearest CAI chiropractor.