Top 10 Reasons for Chiropractic (part 2)
Chiropractic Reduces Stress
Chiropractic care reduces stress by allowing the body to achieve a balance. Chiropractors do not treat depression. Preliminary research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins. Researchers have not that “It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health problems.”’ Researchers followed 15 adults who were both clinically depressed. Before and after cervical spine adjustments the subjects completed a standard assessment for depression called the Beck Depression Inventory II. Results revealed a marked reduction in depression scores following chiropractic care. (JVSR 2005:1-4)
Chiropractic May Keep You from Getting Sick
Studies have indicated that adjustments consistently reduce the production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with tissue damage and pain, and may also enhance the production of immunoregulatory complexes important for healthy immune system defense. As far back as the deadly flu pandemic of 1917-1918, chiropractors noticed that their patients seemed to have fewer fatalities than among the general population and were able to publish their work in an osteopathic journal since no scholarly journals were accepting chiropractic data. The estimated death rate among patients of conventional medical care in the U.S. was estimated at 5 to 6 percent while the fatality rate among influenza cases receiving spinal adjustments was estimated at 0.25%.
Chiropractic Improves Brain Function
Chiropractic can improve the function of the brain. Correcting subluxations or nerve interference can have a positive effect on the function of the brain. Mapping of brain activity before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine reveals that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function. In a study involving 500 adult subjects, researchers used cutting edge technology to create maps of functioning in the cortical portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine. Researchers found that “cervical adjustments activate specific neuro- logical pathways” in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function (JMPT 1997;20:529).