Can adjustments to the spine make you smarter?
Most people know by now that the reason chiropractors adjust the spine is to correct movement problems in the joints so that the spinal nerves can function better. Of course, most people associate this with getting rid of pinched nerves that go to head and cause headaches or down the leg causing sciatica.
What about effects on the brain?? There is a growing pile of research to suggest that adjustments alter brain function in a positive way. One study was done looking at the amount of brain power it took to do an algebra question. The subjects were in a functional MRI machine while performing an algebra question. Following an adjustment they were asked to do similar difficulty equations and the brain was much more efficient at doing the same level of question!
Reaction times in a post adjustment group improved almost 2 times better than the group that was not adjusted. (JMPT, 2000)
Getting back to pain. It was found that chronic pain shrinks the brain. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that people living with chronic back pain (even mild) suffered brain loss or atrophy. The scientists equated this chronic pain change to being equivalent to 10-20 years of normal brain aging.
In the journal “Pain” they found a “significant decrease of grey matter in the brainstem and the somatosensory cortex”. There were also changes in the brain where symptoms of dementia come from.
Good time for your Kids to get checked and perhaps the rest of us too!!
Yours in Health,
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