Dr. Brian Kerner, DC, QME | Article

Chiropractic Care Helps Your Nervous System Function

Many people feel better after receiving Chiropractic care, yet they are not aware how this happens. Over the years, many different theories have attempted to explain the physiological basis of the Chiropractic adjustment.

Recently, using positron emission tomography (PET) scans, Japanese researchers evaluated twelve male volunteers. After Chiropractic care, they found increased glucose metabolism in certain areas such as the prefrontal cortex and decreased production in the cerebellar vermis. Also, increased salivary amylase production was found. These results show that Chiropractic adjustments positively effect how the brain changes when the body decreases pain and lowers stress. This was confirmed by the pre and post PET scans and participant questionnaires that reported decreased pain and lowered stress.

These findings from the Division of Cyclotron Nuclear Medicine, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan suggest real positive metabolic changes in the brain after Chiropractic care.

Along with positive metabolic changes within the brain, other physiological effects of Chiropractic adjustments were discussed. Dr. Scott Haldemann, MD, DC, PHD, summarized the following benefits of Chiropractic care:

1. Relaxation of muscles and relief of muscular pain.

2. Changes in Pain Sensitivity. At least one study showed that skin pain sensitivity to electrical stimulation was diminished after spinal manipulation.

3. Impact on Dorsal Horn neurons in the spinal cord.

4. Impact on Tissue Inflammatory Responses. Recent studies raised the possibility that spinal manipulation may have an impact on the inflammatory response of certain tissues.

5. Impact on Somato-Autonomic Responses.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to experience Chiropractic care know that it works. If you would like further information, please don't hesitate to ask.