International Researchers Say Chiropractic May Make Your Mind Sharper
Ground-breaking research indicates that chiropractic care may make your brain function better, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA).
A collaborative study on the effects of manipulation of the spine on brain function between Denmark’s Aalborg University, the New Zealand Centre for Chiropractic Research, the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute, AUT University and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, published earlier this year in the journal Neural Plasticity suggests that, at least in part, the mechanisms by which spinal manipulation improves performance are due to a change in processing of information at the pre-frontal cortex.
Dr Cassandra Fairest, chiropractor and spokesperson for the NZCA explains: `The focus of chiropractic care is on the health and integrity of the nervous system. The health and function of the
Executive function is the mechanism by which the brain integrates and coordinates the operations of multiple neural systems to solve problems and achieve goals based on the ever-changing environment around us,.
Dr Fairest adds: `A change in pre-frontal activity following chiropractic care may therefore explain and/or link some of the varied improvements in central nervous system function previously observed in other research, such as improved joint position sense error, reaction time, cortical
`All this research, much of it from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Centre for Chiropractic Research and funded by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation strongly suggests that chiropractic care/adjustments can significantly improve brain¬-body communication and coordination.’
According to Dr Fairest: `We know that chiropractic care assists brain function in many ways, one of which is proprioceptive function (perception) and this improves the accuracy of the internal brain map so your brain accurately knows what is occurring within your body and the surrounding environment continuously. Environment relates to the processes inside the body, as well as its immediate surroundings’.
The Way I See It.......it seems this research suggests adjusting improves pre-frontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for so much higher level function, then it is possible that a chiropractic adjustment could well impact on things like behavior, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and the emotional response to it would seem that chiropractic really does have a lot to offer!
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