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Chi­ro­prac­tic Changes the Way the Brain Processes Infor­ma­tion

Research pub­lished in the November-​December issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics and reported on by Scoop Health from New Zealand on Novem­ber 23, 2007, shows how chi­ro­prac­tic helps affect brain and nerve sys­tem func­tion. An excited release on the research by the New Zealand Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion states, “Ground-​breaking research has, for the first time, iden­ti­fied the actual changes that occur in the body, the ner­vous sys­tem and the brain dur­ing chi­ro­prac­tic spinal adjustments.”

The study demon­strates that chi­ro­prac­tic care sends sig­nals to the brain that change the way the brain con­trols mus­cles. Award-​winning Auck­land researcher, Dr. Heidi Haavik-​Taylor com­mented, “The process of a spinal adjust­ment is like reboot­ing a com­puter. The sig­nals that these adjust­ments send to the brain, via the ner­vous sys­tem, reset mus­cle behav­ior pat­terns.” She went on to explain how this can have a broad effect on a person’s health by say­ing, “By stim­u­lat­ing the ner­vous sys­tem we can improve the func­tion of the whole body. This is some­thing that chi­ro­prac­tors and their patients have known for years; and now we have some sci­en­tific evi­dence to prove it.”

Accord­ing to the Scoop Health arti­cle, Dr. Haavik-​Taylor has spent the last seven years research­ing the effects of chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments on the ner­vous sys­tem. On this new research, Dr. Haavik-​Taylor was able to mea­sure how brain waves are altered before and after spinal adjust­ments. She reported, “This is the first time that any­one has used EEGs to prove that there are def­i­nite changes to the way the brain processes infor­ma­tion after chi­ro­prac­tic care.”

Dr. James Burt, Pres­i­dent of the New Zealand Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion, touted Dr. Haavik-Taylor’s break­through research by not­ing, “Heidi’s work is ground-​breaking on an inter­na­tional level by prov­ing that chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments do alter and ben­e­fit the ner­vous system.”

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