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Posted on 12-13-2013

CHIROPRACTIC SHOWN TO ALTER BRAIN FUNCTION

Good Morning!

We have know for years that regular spinal manipulation performed by a Chiropractor can reduce your pain and improve your function.  We know by reducing scar tissue formation and muscle spasm that the function one experiences goes through the roof.  We now know that Chiropractic actually raises your pain threshold!  This study performed by the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology in February 2007.

OBJECTIVE:
To study the immediate sensorimotor neurophysiological effects of cervical spine manipulation using somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs).

RESULTS:
There was a significant decrease in the amplitude of parietal and frontal SEP components following the single session of cervical spine manipulation compared to pre-manipulation baseline values.

These changes lasted on average 20min following the manipulation intervention. No changes were observed in the passive head movement control condition.

CONCLUSIONS:
Spinal manipulation of dysfunctional cervical (neck) joints can lead to transient cortical (brain) plastic changes, as demonstrated by attenuation of cortical somatosensory evoked responses.

SIGNIFICANCE:
This study suggests that cervical spine manipulation may alter how your brain perceives pain.

These findings may help to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the effective relief of pain and restoration of functional ability documented following spinal manipulation treatment.

THESE AUTHORS ALSO NOTE:

“Spinal manipulation is a commonly used conservative treatment for neck, back, and pelvic pain.”

“The effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute and chronic low back and neck pain has been well established by outcome-based research.” [Very Important]

Evidence indicates that spinal manipulation does the following:

1)  Alters spinal cord reflex excitability.

2)  Alters sensory processing.

3)  Alters motor excitability.

Spinal dysfunction effects central neural processing, as follows:

1)  Spinal dysfunction will alter afferent input to the central nervous system.

2)  Altered afferent input to the central nervous system leads to plastic changes.

3)  “Neural plastic changes take place both following increased and decreased afferent input.” [Extremely Important]

4) Altered afferent input from joints leads to both inhibition and facilitation of neural input to related muscles.

5) Both painful and painless joint dysfunction will inhibit surrounding muscles. [Very Important]

Studies show that 15 – 30 minutes of altered joint afferent input to the spinal reflex pathways “increases neural excitability that persists for several hours.” [Very Important]

“Once these facilitated areas are established, there may be no need for ongoing afferent input to maintain the altered output [motor] patterns.”

Altered sensory input causes rapid central plastic (dynamic brain) changes, especially after injury. [Important]

The altered neural processing that occurs as a consequence of joint dysfunction provides a “rationale for the effects of spinal manipulation on neural processing that have been described in the literature.” [Very Important]

Spinal dysfunction alters the “balance of afferent input to the central nervous system” and this altered afferent input may lead to “maladaptive neural plastic changes in the central nervous system,” and “spinal manipulation can effect this.” [Very Important]

The spinal manipulation in this study was applied to dysfunctional cervical joints, as determined by a “registered chiropractor.”

“The spinal manipulations carried out in this study were high velocity, low amplitude thrusts to the spine held in lateral flexion, with slight rotation and slight extension (the type we do here at WellnessOne).”

KEY POINTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1) “Spinal manipulation is a commonly used conservative treatment for neck, back, and pelvic pain.”

2) “The effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute and chronic low back and neck pain has been well established by outcome-based research.”

3)  Spinal dysfunction will alter afferent input to the central nervous system.

4)  Altered afferent input to the central nervous system leads to plastic changes (BRAIN BEHAVIOR) in the central nervous system. [Very Important]

5) “Neural plastic changes take place both following increased and decreased afferent input (adjusting).” [Extremely Important]

6)  Both painful and painless joint dysfunction will shut off surrounding muscles.

7)  Joint dysfunction causes afferent driven increases in neural excitability (facilitation) to muscles that can persist even after the initiating afferent abnormality is corrected. This article clearly supports that the joint component, the muscle component, and the neurological component of the subluxation complex (what chiropractic cares for) are influenced by traditional joint-cavitation spinal adjusting.

8) The altered neural processing that occurs as a consequence of joint dysfunction provides a “rationale for the effects of spinal manipulation on neural processing that have been described in the literature.” [Very Important]

9) Spinal dysfunction alters the “balance of afferent input to the central nervous system” and this altered afferent input may lead to “maladaptive neural plastic changes in the central nervous system,” and “spinal manipulation can effect this.” [Very Important]

If you or someone you know has pain and physical limitations, why not refer them to our office.  We have many procedures including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, and more that are all designed to physically get you back in the game!  Call 530.243.9464 or click HERE to make an appointment online!

It's your future…be there healthy with WellnessOne!  Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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