Written by Dr. Mark
Referenced Article can be found here: http://circleofdocs.com/here-is-exactly-how-the-chiropractic-adjustment-affects-your-body/
How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Work? Here is the CONCLUSION
Based upon the scientific evidence, chiropractic spinal adjustments stimulate mechanoreceptors and nociceptors of the spinal joints resulting in afferent discharges and subsequently causing central modulation with an effect at the cord and brain levels. This causes pain reductions and secondary hyperalgesia (pain reduction in remote regions) which appears to be due to central sensitization of the spinal dorsal horn neurons,while primary hyperalgesia is caused by nociceptor sensitization.
This verifies that chiropractic adjustments influence the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. In the central nervous system, chiropractic spinal adjustments reduce pain by effecting the thalamus and descending central pain pathways.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments also create functional changes in multiple regions of the brain based upon multiple outcome measures that are measurable and reproducible. The areas of the brain affected by chiropractic adjustments effect the following functions: emotions, learning, motivation, memory, consciousness, homeostasis, perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive function, voluntary movements, decision making, touch, temperature, pain of the skin- epithelial tissue-skeletal muscles-bones-internal organs and cardiovascular system. This has far reaching effects in setting the foundation for understanding how the adjustment works in systemic and autonomic changes by being able to measure and reproduce functional changes within the brain as direct sequellae.
The evidence also reveals that only chiropractic adjustments (high velocity-low amplitude) render these findings and mobilization of joints conclusively do not. In addition, muscle impairment does not automatically improve with symptoms abating creating the necessity for both short and long-term care. This indicates that the deficits in proprioception and motor control, rather than the pain itself, may be the main factors defining the clinical picture and chronicity of various chronic pain conditions.
A friend had posted this article on Facebook, so I thought it’d make for a good read and Daily Sprout topic. Trying to read this made me feel like I was back in Neurology class, struggling to keep up with it all. If you enjoy the very technical, in depth explanations of our neurological functioning and how chiropractic effects us, its a good read.
As difficult of a read it may have been, it is exciting to see that this article, which references recent research, goes beyond relief of pain. A good portion talks about pain relief, which makes sense because most chiropractic research looks at pain. And there is a lot of evidence that supports chiropractic care for pain relief. This goes further as to explain how, by activating the central nervous system, causing decreased pain sensitivity at the location of treatment and remote locations.
We know there’s much more to it than pain relief though, and from my experience, there hasn’t been much research into this aspect of chiropractic. However this article has referenced some specific ways that are “measurable and reproducible” of how other functions are being effected.
Brain Region –> Function
Cingulate Cortex –> Emotions, learning, motivation, memory
Insular Cortex –> Consciousness, homeostasis, perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive function
Motor Cortex –> Voluntary movements
Amygdala Cortex –> Memory, decision making, emotional reactions
Somatosensory Cortex –> Proprio and mechano-reception, touch, temperature, pain of the skin, epithelial, skeletal muscle, bones, joints, internal organs and cardiovascular systems
Periaqueductal Gray –> Ascending and descending spinothalamtic tracts carrying pain and temperature fibers
This is why we take spines so seriously! The nervous system is an extremely complex and amazing thing, and no one fully understands it. We just work to allow it to function unimpeded. The article did not talk about spinal correction but did make the argument for long term care, basically because of the overall effect an adjustment has on the body, and that asymptomatic patients showed positive effects following an adjustment. We adjust to correct your spine. When we reach correction, we will want to maintain your spine. This is our primary goal, but we also know there is power behind each individual adjustment. This is what the above mentioned article is all about, that power. Work towards correction, and then maintain.
Get your power turned on, and keep it on! – Dr. Mark