Chiropractic and the Brain… Is This a New Concept?
Absolutely not! Chiropractic has always been about re-establishing normal nerve signaling between the brain and the body. In fact, in the early years of chiropractic, the profession purchased several mental institutions. Chiropractic adjustments were the dominant clinical services provided along with healthy garden fresh foods. One of these was located in Davenport. In 1922, the Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium was established. The facility was later known as Forest Park Sanitarium. They were so successful with “mental disorders” that one North Dakota Judge A. W. Ponath noted that at the North Dakota state mental hospital, the “cure and discharge rate” ranged from 18-27%, compared to 65% at Forest Park. Sadly, both Forest Park and Clearview Sanitarium closed in large part due to third party (insurance) refusal to pay for anything other than pharmaceutical and radical electro-surgical care.
Chiropractic and The Flow of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear colorless bodily fluid found in the brain and spine. It is produced in the choroid plexus of the brain. It acts as a cushion or buffer for the brain’s cortex, providing a basic mechanical and immunological protection to the brain inside the skull, and it serves a vital function in cerebral autoregulation of cerebral blood flow. We also know that the flow of CSF affects the distribution of neurotransmitters.
The CSF occupies the subarachnoid space (the space between the arachnoid mater and the pia mater, layers called meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord) and the ventricular system around and inside the brain and spinal cord.
It has long been held that disorders of CSF flow (called CSF stasis) affect the distribution of neurotransmitters; disrupt blood flow (and nutrition to cells) as well as disrupt proper brain function. New research by Drs. Vincent and Carmine Esposito has discovered that there is an improvement in cerebrospinal fluid flow after a chiropractic adjustment. Using before and after MRI studies they have shown dramatic increased of CSF flow around brain and down the spinal cord.
What do you call a person with a brain that functions better? …Smarter and more efficient.