Chiropractic Boosts Immunty
Scientific research reveals that regularly scheduled chiropractic care may boost the body’s immune response. A study in 1991 found that chiropractic adjustments boost levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes — white blood cells associated with a healthy immune system (JMPT 1991; 7:399-408).
Chiropractic Improves Sleep
Chiropractic patients enjoy an improved quality of life, including sleep quality. This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Some exciting preliminary research links insomnia with vertebral subluxations. The study collected data on 221 patients being cared for by 15 different chiropractors. According to the findings, “one third of the 154 patients who completed the semi structured interview reported their sleep pattern was changed immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. All but one of these 52 patients reported improvement” in the 20 patients with insomnia, improved sleep was noted in the six days following the chiropractic adjustment (JMPT 2005;28:179).
Chiropractic Improves Athletic Performance
Top athletes choose chiropractic. Athletes such as Aaron Rodgers, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Lance Armstrong, Terrell Owens, Evander Holyfield, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all been proud patients of chiropractors. A Canadian research team included Chiropractic care in the rehabilitation program of sixteen injured female long distance runners. Not only did these runners recover quickly, seven of them actually scored “personal best” performances while under Chiropractic care. (Chiropractic Sports Medicine, 1990, p.2-8).
Chiropractic Reduces Pain
A new study investigates the effects of chiropractic care on ten patients with osteoarthritis. The patients received chiropractic care and progress was evaluated patient progress with physical examinations, radiological tests, and questionnaires regarding pain and disability. After receiving chiropractic care, the participants had significantly reduced pain and disability. The average patient’s pain score dropped from a 8.6 out of 10 to a 2.6 out of 10, or a 70% reduction in pain. In six of the patients, radiograph images revealed that chiropractic adjustments had restored normal spacing of the alanto-axial joint. Overall, 80% of patients had “good” or “excellent” clinical outcomes.
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).