We now know that many significant, far-reaching health benefits can be achieved through chiropractic adjustments. Here’s the how and why, simplified:
Because the spinal column (made up of vertebrae) is moveable, it is also susceptible to certain stresses and forces which can cause the vertebrae to lose their proper alignment. These misalignments are called vertebral Subluxations. Vertebral subluxations lead to damaging stress in the nervous system through three main causes: 1.) Physical stress: traumas, injuries, impacts and overuse, 2.) Mental and emotional stress, and 3.) Toxic stress: chemical. When we are subluxated, there is interference to the normal flow of nerve impulses which can cause either too much or too little nerve activity to the brain.
The brain experiences two kinds of stress: physical stress (from the abnormal pressure on the spinal structures surrounding the vertebra) and chemical stress (from the build-up of inflammation that accumulates in the spinal structures, nerves and brain). Whenever you are subluxated, toxic information goes into the brain. In an effort to protect itself, the brain releases stress hormones, Cortisol and Adrenalin. In the short-term, this response is necessary, as it could save your life. But if this “Stress Response” goes on long-term, these chemicals will kill you. This stress response is the same whether you are in a terrible marriage, caring for a sick family member, fighting in a war, or if you are subluxated. The damage is the same. The Hippocampus and Hypothalamus are damaged. In particular, our “happy” hormones of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin are not released when Cortisol and Adrenalin are high.
Chiropractic adjustments have a direct effect on the brain by interrupting the stress response process. When the subluxation is corrected, it stops the negative stress hormones, Cortisol and Adrenalin, from flooding the body. The chiropractic adjustment resets the chemistry of the brain and re-allocates blood flow back to the areas of the body that need it. This reset allows the beneficial Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin to be released. The frontal cortex is also able to function at optimal so you have increased cognitive function and then, because Cortisol and Adrenalin are not elevated, your memory, learning, gastrointestinal and immune function work better.
Every single adjustment recalibrates the brain to do what it should be doing. This is why people who are under regular chiropractic care tend to have a happier state of mind. They handle stress better. They concentrate and learn better. They get pregnant more easily. They have babies more easily. They even undergo surprising positive personality changes. A chiropractic adjustment is so much more than getting rid of pain. That’s the easy part. The real long term benefits of regular chiropractic care are better brain function, healthier immune system, and overall higher quality of life. Enjoy all the benefits regular chiropractic care has to offer.