Your brain and nerve system control all the functions of your body. We know that the brain controls our perceptions of vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. We also commonly think of the brain controlling our thoughts, moods, memories, and emotions.
However, your brain and nerve system literally control every function and every organ of your entire body. Your attention, balance and posture, breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, sexual function, hormone production, and immune response (among thousands of other functions) are controlled by your brain and nerve system. When your brain and nerve system function well, your body functions well.
Unfortunately, as we age, we experience the effects of negative neuroplasticity. We tend to see our brain function begin to decline. This, in turn, negatively affects other functions throughout your body. You begin to experience memory loss, hearing loss, vision loss, altered taste and smell, and more depressed moods. Increasing blood pressure, as well as, abnormal digestion and sexual function are common. Increased susceptibility to infection happens due to declining immune function. You tend to get colds and the flu more easily.
Our brain literally changes its level of functioning over time. This comes about due to many – often small and repetitive – physical, chemical or emotional stresses. This creates a negative stress response on the brain and nerve system that builds up as we age. If nothing is done to stop and reverse this stress response, then it is continually reinforced over time with our continued exposure to various stresses.
Positive Neuroplasticity – Breaking the Cycle with Chiropractic Care
Unfortunately, many people have a narrow view of chiropractic care, focusing simply on its ability to naturally relieve pain. However, chiropractic care provides many more amazing benefits than just astounding pain relief. The origin of chiropractic care is the optimization of brain and nerve health. The overall purpose of chiropractic care is to remove the stress on the nerve system that causes mental decline and to bring about positive neuroplasticity.
In fact, chiropractic care and chiropractic neurology are the only health care fields that specifically focus on improving neurological function and brain health. Medical neurology seeks medical treatment (drugs and surgery) for neurological problems. While there are times when this is may be necessary, this medical treatment is not inherently designed to improve function and bring about healing and positive neuroplasticity.
Chiropractic adjustments specifically remove interference to normal health and healing. They reduce and, over time, may eliminate the negative effects of stress that result in declining mental states. Research has shown that cervical chiropractic adjustments bring about these positive neuroplasticity effects.
Another study presented at the International Research And Philosophy Symposium held at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic demonstrated this brain boosting effect of chiropractic adjustments. The study was conducted over a three year period with approximately 100 volunteers. Their brain functions were monitored with electroencephalograms (EEG) before and after chiropractic adjustments.
After receiving a chiropractic adjustment, post EEG scans revealed improvement in all areas of the volunteer’s brain function. Brain function is measured on four primary frequencies: Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta. Alpha waves reflect the meditative, relaxing healing mode. Beta waves represent the active, busy brain. Theta waves reflect light sleep, relaxation and conceptual development. Delta waves represent the brain activity during deep sleep, repair mode and energy storage. Particularly, the researchers noticed an increase in the meditative Alpha brainwave patterns that are associated with a greater degree of relaxation, health and healing.
Scientific and medical research continues to confirm what the chiropractic pioneers knew well over one hundred years ago.
Your brain and nerve system control all functions, health and healing in your body.
A stressed brain a nerve system lead to depressed mood, declining brain function and poor health.
Chiropractic care removes that stress and restores healthy brain function and normal healing.
If you do not use chiropractic care as a regular part of your wellness lifestyle, then it is time to start! Optimal healing, better brain function and positive neuroplasticity can be in your future with chiropractic care.