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Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your Body’s Ability to Self Heal?
By Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS
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The human body is continuously striving to maintain health adequate for survival. More than 10,000 disturbances to our cells come from free radicals. Some of the most potent varieties include reactive oxygen species (ROS) which our cells must constantly defend against. Our bodies are equipped with the amazing capability to self-heal by preventing and repairing damage done to the body. One powerful strategy to enhance this ability for our bodies to self-heal is chiropractic care.

The complex network of activity that controls all functions within the body, including healing, is the central nervous system. Consisting of the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system serves as a signaling pathway to communicate with 75 trillion cells for proper functioning. Part of our physiological makeup needed for the human body to function optimally is a sensory system called proprioception. Proprioception allows the brain to sense information based off of stimuli being inflicted on skin, joints, and muscle receptors.

Healing is affected by Physical Nerve Stress

When the spinal bones are improperly aligned this causes a physical form of nerve stress that adversely impacts the body’s healing potential. The stress hormone cortisol elevates when physical nerve stress creates a deficiency in proprioception. This disrupts brain signaling and therefore disturbs the body’s potential for healing.

Daily trauma such as sports activities and common accidents at home or in the car are known as macro traumas. Less noticeable traumas including repetitive motions, improper sleep habits, and bad posture are referred to as micro traumas and also cause spine and nervous system damage. A modern day health epidemic receiving little attention is bad posture. Poor posture degrades the health of the spine and consequently leads to the degrading health of brain and organ function. The brain, spinal cord, and all organs are critically reliant on the health of the spine for optimal function.

Nobel Prize award winner Dr. Roger Sperry refers to the spine as a motor which drives the brain. Dr. Sperry’s research concludes that movement within the spine is responsible for 90% of both the stimulation and nutrition to the brain. Approximately 90% of the brain’s energy is required for its ability to process and maintain the physical body’s relationship with gravity and only 10% of brain energy promotes healing, immunity, metabolism, and thinking.

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Loss of Natural Spinal Curve

The natural loss of the spinal curve is one of the most harmful health problems people experience today. Ideally we should have approximately a 40-45 degree curve in our neck. Neurosurgeons and chiropractors alike refer to this curve as the “arch of life” due to its properties to protect the brain stem and spinal cord promoting the function of nerves traveling throughout the body.

Forward head posture and loss of neck curve are postural abnormalities often created by poor posture and trauma. The birthing process, especially by forceps delivery, is particularly traumatic to the spine.

Unfortunately, daily activities by the majority of individuals today lead to a forward shift in the head, creating forward head posture and a lasting posture pattern. The typical individual sits slumped in front of a computer, television, or cell phone at least 3 to 4 hours in a single day, and likely this is a most conservative estimate.

The resulting pattern of forward head posture adds up to 30 pounds of abnormal weight leverage and pulls the spinal cord out of alignment. The late Rene Cailliet, former director of the University of California’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, reported that this positioning can result in a 30% reduction of critical lung capacity.

Chiropractic Care for Subluxation

Misalignment of the spine is called subluxation. Subluxation results in compression which agitates the nerve signals and affects the body’s organ systems. Although subluxation can cause pain, few spinal nerves actually transmit pain signals so subluxations often go un-noticed and therefore untreated. Three of the most dangerous forms of subluxation include losing the arc of life in the neck, forward head posture, and scoliosis.

Receiving frequent chiropractic adjustments alleviates the built up pressure on the nervous system. As a result, the body is able to heal as it was intended.

Long-Term Chiropractic Care & Best Anti-Aging Results

In one study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation (JVSR), researchers found that chiropractic care can reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is the damage that occurs when free radicals outnumber the body’s antioxidants.

Seventy-six individuals participated in the study including a group which received short-term chiropractic care, a second group which received long-term chiropractic care, and lastly a group which received no chiropractic care. Individuals were qualified for age, sex, and nutritional supplements.

Results showed that healthy individuals that received chiropractic care for two or more years had higher serum thiol levels than those with disease. In fact, some of the patients receiving chiropractic adjustments had serum thiol levels much higher than what is understood as normal. Thiols are sulfur containing compounds in the body that act as antioxidants. They react with free radicals to neutralize them.

Chiropractor Dr. Christopher Kent explains that one theory of aging and the pathogenesis of disease results from metabolic changes involving free radical production and oxidative stress. This stress is brought on by stressors relating to our physical bodies, chemical makeup, and our emotional balance. As a result, the nervous system can become impaired and create disturbances in nerve function which may further promote oxidative damage and damage to our cell’s DNA healing powers. Dr. Kent concludes from the study that “chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress.”

Seeking Chiropractic Care?

Don’t wait until you experience discomfort or pain to receive chiropractic care. Subluxation is a problem which creeps into your life and accumulates damaging effects over time. Living a healthy life is dependent upon reducing subluxation, improving posture, maximizing your nervous system, and preventing disease. Look for a chiropractor that specializes in treating the healing of your whole body and optimizing the health and the wellbeing of your entire family.

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Article Summary

Our bodies are equipped with the amazing capability to self-heal by preventing and repairing damage done to the body. One powerful strategy to enhance this ability for our bodies to self-heal is chiropractic care.

The complex network of activity that controls all functions within the body, including healing, is the central nervous system which consists of the brain and spinal cord,

When the spinal bones are improperly aligned this causes a physical form of nerve stress that adversely impacts the body’s healing potential.

Bad posture is a modern day health epidemic. Poor posture degrades the health of the spine and consequently leads to the degrading health of brain and organ function.

Forward head posture and loss of neck curve are postural abnormalities often created by poor posture and trauma. The resulting pattern of forward head posture adds up to 30 pounds of abnormal weight leverage and pulls the spinal cord out of alignment.

Misalignment of the spine is called subluxation. Three of the most dangerous forms of subluxation include losing the arc of life in the neck, forward head posture, and scoliosis.

Receiving frequent chiropractic adjustments helps to alleviate the built up pressure on the nervous system. As a result, the body is able to heal as it was intended.

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