Improving Neuroplasticity Through Chiropractic Adjustments
Neuroplasticity is a common talking point when discussing degenerative brain conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. But this topic is a two-sided coin. While progressive degeneration of neuroplasticity has been linked to dire illnesses, expansion of neuroplasticity is also possible. The concepts here include continuing to mentally challenge yourself with puzzles, complex thought, and memory recall exercises.
Recently, chiropractic has also become a subject of discussion among researchers studying neuroplasticity. Juxtaposition of spine health and mental fortitude have opened the door for investigation into just how important spinal alignment is in maintaining mental faculties.
While there is yet to be concrete evidence in the role spinal alignment plays in increased neuroplasticity, it can be correctly assumed that maintaining ideal spine health and posture does more for the mind and body than living with misalignment, subluxations, or deteriorating posture. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) could one day become a recognized approach to preserving neuroplasticity.
What is neuroplasticity?
The headline definition of neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to cognitively function – staying on top of voluntary and involuntary tasks. Reading the words on this page and understanding them are an example of neuroplasticity at work. Inversely, negative neuroplasticity is the brain’s inability to function properly. Memory loss, brain fog, and mental exhaustion are symptoms of neuroplasticity degeneration.
The spine’s role in brain function
The spine – specifically the cervical spine – plays a very direct, very integral role in maintaining brain function. The spine houses essential nerve bundles and lymphatic delivery systems, which are charged with feeding the brain. Nerve bundles housed in the cervical spine carry critical messages to and from the brain, facilitating both unconscious and complex functions. Likewise, blood supplied to the brain provides oxygen, amino acids, electrolytes, hormones, and more, for healthy operation.
When the spine begins to shift from an ideal alignment, stress is transferred to the supply systems it houses. Slipping or bulging discs can impede lymphatic and nervous pathways; stenosis of the spine can restrict flow; and, the longer these systems are negatively affected, the more they deprive the brain.
Short-term consequences can include migraines, mental fog, lethargy, and vision problems, among others. Long-term, severe brain damage becomes a concern, including negative neuroplasticity.
Research on chiropractic vs. neuroplasticity
With the link between the spine and brain evident, researchers have begun to look at how chiropractic may be used as a tool to help preserve positive neuroplasticity. Clinical studies have already begun, monitoring the effects of chiropractic on patients’ abilities to solve puzzles, multitask, and recall memories.
Some studies are already producing exciting findings, including a 3-year study comprised of 100 volunteers, presented at the International Research and Philosophy Symposium held at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. The study monitored the mental activity of participants using electroencephalograms (EEG), comparing readings before and after chiropractic adjustments. In an overwhelming majority of readings, brain function showed improvements across the board.
The future of chiropractic treatment
As more studies come to light, researchers will be better able to understand the significance of certain adjustments on the spine and how they relate to brain function. Though much is known about why the spine-brain relationship is important, more data will yield insights into chiropractic’s specific effects on positive neuroplasticity. And as new information becomes available, Ideal Spine will continue to be at the forefront of the field thanks to Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP).
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.