“We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. There’s now solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied. This last time it was studied and confirmed by an independent medical researcher.” said Heidi Haavik, one of the researchers behind this recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity . This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied.
This study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. The significance of this finding is that the prefrontal cortex is the ‘conductor’ in the brain, controlling many functions within the body.
“The latest study suggests that the changes that we do see in the brain when we adjust the spine do occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain.”
Such a finding can explain many of the previous findings of Chiropractic’s effects such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects
If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves prefrontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for just so much higher level function, then what does this mean in terms of chiropractic’s impact on things like behavior, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional responses to pain, autonomic function, motor control, eye movments and spatial awareness?
This study showed that Chiropractic care doesn’t just alter brain function a little, it increases the prefrontal cortex activity by 20%! This means every time you receive a Chiropractic adjustment, the part of the brain that is responsible for ‘higher level functions’ is being stimulated, increasing body awareness and allowing your body to function at a much higher level. And a brain that’s functioning differently and conducting its activities better is sure to have an effect on the body.
Additional Brain Function Enhancing Procedures
At Johnson Chiropractic Neurology & Nutrition, we have a host of treatments that can positively impact brain function. Besides the original treatment my profession is based on, the specific chiropracic adjustment, the following procedures we use at our office have been shown to improve brain function as well:
- Neurofeedback (with or without photic entrainment)
- Interactive Metronome
- Transcranial Photobiomodulation (laser on the brain)
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) 
- Personalized nutritional support
- Brain-Based Therapy (BBT)
- Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback
If you would like to receive a case review to discuss your options for a healthier body and brain, contact my office at 586-731-8840 or click on the link below.
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1. Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016. Original Report
2. Vadalà et al. Behav Brain Funct (2015) 11:26 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4562205/pdf/12993_2015_Article_70.pdf