The benefits of chiropractic go far beyond simply alleviating back and neck pain. Research, medical science, and 120 years of chiropractic testimonies combine to produce millions of elated patients across the globe. While chiropractic continues to evolve into one of the top five health professions in the world, many medical doctors and mainstream medical instruction remain unaware of the research and science behind all the momentum. The short- and long-term benefits that chiropractic adjustments provide for people of all ages continues to be proven with growing archives of evidence and outcomes.
Important nutrients triggered by the brain through proper alignment and movement of the spine help explain the vast array of benefits experienced by chiropractic patients. A study published in 2011 explained that a specialized group of hormones play a significant role in why chiropractic adjustments achieve such significant health results. Hormones serve as chemical messengers that release directly into the blood and travel to organs and tissues to direct function and performance. Any intervention that influences hormones will powerfully and directly influence all bodily functions ranging from sleep and fertility to digestion and metabolism. Optimal health and performance only occurs when hormones maintain balance and coordination.
Research published in 2009 from Johns Hopkins University listed a group of conditions linked directly to the increase of a specific hormone called noradrenaline. The list included: cancer, bipolar disorder, excessive body weight, hypertension, type 1 autoimmune diabetes, type 2 diabetes, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and immune system function. One of the more notable symptoms linked to increased noradrenaline levels came in the form of excessive weight gain.
Conversely, many patients of both genders experienced some form of weight loss after starting chiropractic care. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments help restore hormonal balance and produce favorable health changes ranging from weight loss to improved overall body function. Chiropractic delivers much more than relief from back or neck pain. Balanced hormones through the power of an adjustment helps maximize every lifestyle and health change adopted by a patient.
Chiropractic helps balance a person’s hormones by reducing central nervous system dysfunction that exists due to subtle misaligned vertebral stress points in the spine. Science and research indicate that chiropractic adjustments lower stress hormones while helping coordinate and balance other chemical messengers through improved brain and organ function. Chiropractors remain intent on educating the world about the dangerous health conditions that begin forming by improper spinal mechanics and bad posture. Adjustments help maximize body function and can be utilized to improve health and performance for family members of all ages. A healthier tomorrow begins with chiropractic.
Autonomic and Autacoid Pharmacology October 2009 “Is elevated noradrenaline an aetiological factor in a number of diseases? PJ Fitzgerald
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Nov-Dec 2011 “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain.”
Takeshi Ogura 1, Manabu Tashiro, Mehedi Masud, Shoichi Watanuki, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Keiichiro Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Itoh, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yanai
The calendar welcomes the time of the year when coughs, fevers, stuffy noses, and tummy aches become the norm for both kids and adults. Some people wonder why certain individuals remain unscathed and seemingly untouched by the microbes that cause sickness, even among family members living under the same roof.
Some people get labeled as simply having a stronger immune system than others. The powerful truth actually shows that every person’s body design comes equipped with an amazing immune system comprised of little soldiers with a specific purpose to be on constant lookout for foreign invaders. The location of an invader causes a set of hormones to signal a need for more specific white blood cell fighters to crash the scene and get to work destroying and eliminating the culprits. This process occurs without the conscious awareness of the host/person. The protective procedure occurs automatically under the control of a part of the brain and spinal cord called the autonomic nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments improve the function of the autonomic nervous system through gentle adjustments that increase movement in the spine. Better alignment and movement in the spine creates better pathways of communication between the nervous system and immune system. The adjustment balances the autonomic processes by reducing stress in the nervous system. Improved nervous system function leads to better hormone balance needed guide optimal immune function. Improved immunity results.
Research conducted in 2010 showed that patients who received chiropractic adjustments increased a specific signaling molecule in the body called Interleukin-2. This molecule regulates the activities of white blood cells responsible for immunity. Interleukin-2 represents part of the body’s natural response to microbial infection and helps the body recognize and create specific responses that neutralize foreign invaders. Evidence of this protein molecule shows to be present in higher quantity in people who received a chiropractic spinal adjustment compared to people who did not.
The primary focus of a chiropractic adjustment does not focus on increasing immunity or treating a symptom or condition. The increased body function from an adjustment serves as an example of a healthy outcome resulting from removing interference from the nervous system. While other professions focus more on changing the environment to minimize microbes in and around the body, chiropractic focuses on strengthening the body from the inside-out.
Four ways to improve immunity:
- Stay on track with chiropractic adjustments to keep the autonomic nervous system balanced.
- Get adequate amounts of Vitamin D (a major immune booster).
- Go to bed 30-60 minutes earlier (inadequate sleep weakens immunity).
- Substitute water and healthy snacks in place of sugary foods/drinks (sugar drains the immune system).
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010
“Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects.” Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan,Marion McGregor,Richard Ruegg,and H Stephen Injeyan
Chiropractic adjustments began producing a litany of evidence-based outcomes that benefit males and females of all ages dating back over 100 years. People do not often think of chiropractic being an essential part of proactive health for both adult and adolescent development, but research proves that a healthy and well-regulated nervous system sets the stage for a lifetime of optimal health.
One of the most important and often overlooked benefits of chiropractic care comes in the form of a positive impact on stress relief. Those children and adults yet to experience the benefits of chiropractic carry a stress load that could otherwise be uniquely reduced by simply initiating care for the spine and nervous system. The brain and nervous system direct hormones in the body. Hormones turn specific functions in the body on and off. Certain hormones produce peace, ease, and growth. Other hormones create heightened levels anxiety, stress, and inattentiveness.
Stress hormones regulate feelings commonly known as fight or flight responses. Stress hormones serve a great purpose when under specific circumstances such as being chased by a bear or trying to save a child from danger. These same hormones produce stress and anxiety when activated during normal, peaceful times of day during work, school, or at home with family.
Studies show that stress hormones increase when the spine rests in a misaligned or immovable position. Chiropractors expertly assess and correct spinal misalignments to reduce stress in the nervous system and body. Research from 2014 showed that a chiropractic adjustment reduced stress hormones in the blood, an indication of reduced overall stress load in the body.
Many people believe current issues and stressors exist at an all-time high. Individuals and families face anxiety over a pandemic, fears of sickness, political divisiveness, financial security, and other tensions that cause a surge in worry and fear. Chiropractors help people of all ages reduce stress loads so that their body becomes free to experience relief and calm in moments of fear and challenges. Spinal misalignments and nervous system interference usually occur without the presence of physical pain. The body attempts to adapt to adverse spinal positioning but does so at the expense of heightened stress loads and increased stress hormones. People may not physically feel a misaligned vertebra, but most people feel the physical presence of elevated stress and tension. Chiropractic offers the natural health alternative of a well-functioning body rather than pills and pharmaceutical drugs offered by other medical providers. A nervous system operating and healing at optimal levels offers a unique stress-relieving option for long term harmony and health building. Experience a more peaceful tomorrow with chiropractic.
The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014 “Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.”
Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Francisco Molina-Ortega, Rafael Lomas-Vega, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Alexander Achalandabaso, Fidel Hita-Contreras