Exciting New Research Shows Chiropractic Care May Have a Big Impact.
Chiropractic patients frequently report feeling great after an adjustment and experience results such as getting more out of their body, and coping more effectively with the stresses of daily life. Yet the ‘why’ behind these results has remained a subject of debate. Groundbreaking results of a recent research study suggest these positive outcomes are due to changes in brain function.
Research conducted in partnership by Dr. Heidi Haavik, a leading chiropractor and neurophysiology researcher at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, and world-renowned neurophysiologist, Professor Kemal Tuiker, found that subjects’ ability to flex their lower limb muscles increased by over 70% following just one full-spine chiropractic adjustment session. The results also indicate that the adjustment session allowed for greater drive from the brain to the muscle and prevented the muscles becoming fatigued.
This research, which is pending publication, suggests that chiropractic care changes the way the brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out to muscles. It also suggests that the nervous system is able to produce greater muscle contractions following an adjustment, which may mean muscles become stronger.
Perhaps the most interesting finding was that the results recorded from the research subjects occurred after just one session of chiropractic care, yet were similar to what has been shown to occur in the body after three weeks of strength training* .
To Your Health!
* Vila-Cha, C., Falla, D., Correia, M. V., & Farina, D. (2012). Changes in H reflux and V wave following short-term endurance and strength training. Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(1), 54-63. Doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00802.201