Among several techniques we use, Activator is a fantastic way to adjust the spine with minimal force. Causing relief in back pain and headaches fast.
Far too many people still believe that chiropractic care isn’t necessary unless they’re suffering excruciating low back pain.
The millions who do receive regular adjustments know that chiropractic can resolve their back pain, and more and more may also be learning about the potential nonmusculoskeletal benefits.
Take as an example the patients in a recent study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Twenty consecutive patients from each of 87 Swedish chiropractor’s offices (1,504 total patients) completed questionnaires within two weeks of previous treatment.
The questionnaires documented numerous reported improvements in nonmusculoskeletal symptoms, including:
- easier to breathe (98 patients);
- improved digestive function (92 patients);
- clearer/better/sharper vision (49 patients);
- improved circulation (34 patients);
- less ringing in the ears (10 patients);
- acne/eczema better (8 patients);
- dysmennorhea (painful menstruation)
better (7 patients); and
- asthma/allergies better (6 patients).
The number of spinal areas adjusted was also related to the number of positive reactions.
- Fifteen percent of patients reported positive reactions after having a single area adjusted;
- 35% of patients reported positive reactions after having four areas adjusted. Overall,
- 23% of chiropractic patients reported experiencing positive changes in symptoms that were not musculoskeletal in nature.
Have you experienced nonmusculoskeletal benefits following chiropractic care, and if
so, have you told your doctor of chiropractic? Always report any reactions (good or
bad) you experience during or following an adjustment.
Leboeuf-Yde C, Axen I, Ahlefeldt G, et al. The types and frequencies of improved nonmusculoskeletal symptoms reported after chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Vol. 22, No. 9, pp559-64.
The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and connected nerves that go everywhere in the body. Most people don’t realize that our nervous system controls every function in the body, from how fast your heart beats to the perception of pain to digestion, just to name a few. If your nerves aren’t working right, then you aren’t working right.
The speed of transmission of nerve signals is different for different things. For instance, pain travels slower than touch. Touch travels about 350 feet per second; pain travels two feet per second. When you stub your toe you feel the pressure first, then the pain. Thinking is in the mid-range of speed at about 100 feet per second. Maybe even slower for some people you know!
Exercise and movement will keep your nerves firing. This is described in a great book called “Spark” by John Ratey, MD. Dr. Ratey reviewed studies of children and academics as related to exercise and brain function. An excellent book if you like that amount of detail and are a biology nerd like me.
People come to my office with spinal dysfunction. One type of dysfunction is subluxation, an abnormal movement of a vertebra causing nervous system interference. An adjustment is fantastic at restoring the speed of the nerves in the area and allowing the nervous system to do its job.
Chiropractic care helps your spine and nervous system by maximizing nerve transmission. If your nerves are working slow then your body will not be working like it should. Without good nervous system function you are not going to function at 100%.
So don’t let your bones get on your nerves. Get checked for subluxations and if found, get treatment. You will not only feel better but your nerves will be able to function better, making you a healthier person from the inside out.