Chiropractic adjustments have been helping people regain their health for more than 100 years. Come in today for chiropractic adjustments at Cannon Pointe Chiropractic in Northfield, MN. While chiropractors have recently gained fame for their ability to help with back pain and headaches, the chiropractic adjustment has profound effects on physiology and can help almost any problem.
How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work?
The chiropractic adjustments help the nervous system, which, in turn, helps the body function better. The nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves and is the master control system of the body. It runs every organ, tissue, and cell in our body. There is a constant feedback system running through the nerves, relaying messages to the brain. Proper mechanoreception coming from the joints is vital for proper brain function, and thus proper body function. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate these mechanoreceptors in the spine and other joints to keep the nervous system healthy.
Chiropractic and Depression
Can chiropractic really help depression? The physiology certainly supports this. While serotonin has stolen many of the headlines about depression, in neurology depression is defined as “decreased firing of the frontal lobe of the brain”. This means the nerve cells in the brain are not as active in a person suffering from depression. The next obvious questions are, “Why aren’t these cells active, what do they need to be active, and what could be blocking them from doing their job?” Major inputs to the cells of the frontal lobe of the cortex that need to be active are messages from the cerebellum and input from mechanoreceptors from joints. By examining the joints (particularly of the spine) a chiropractor can ensure a healthier nervous system. Although chiropractic is not intended to treat depression, the physiology shows that chiropractic care can certainly be great adjunctive care.
Can Chiropractic Help Decrease Pain?
Mechanoreception stimulates a chemical in and around the nerve called GABA to inhibit the release of an inflammatory and pain promoting chemical called substance P. Therefore, a side effect of chiropractic adjustments is naturally decreasing pain in the body. At Cannon Pointe Chiropractic, Dr. Conway assesses his patients for any dysfunction in the joints of the body, especially in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments in these areas correct the dysfunction and normalize the nervous system input.