Denver Chiropractor Explains Science Behind Spinal Adjustments
Pain can modify the way the central nervous system works, leading to what’s known as “central sensitization,” which means the body reacts more severely to pain than it should – in fact, it may even become sensitized to things that shouldn’t hurt, such as ordinary touch and pressure. Call it a “negative feedback loop” in the way people process and experience pain.
Central sensitization plays a role in many different chronic pain disorders, including low back pain and neck pain, whiplash, tension headaches and migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome.
In one study, the authors analyzed 15 years of research on chiropractic as it relates to sensory function, concluding that chiropractic spinal adjustments may disrupt the negative feedback loop and correct sensory dysfunction.
Scientists test sensory function using electrodes to generate electrical signals and to record how the central nervous system responds to these signals. They’re known as SEP tests (sensory-evoked potential). Thus, scientists can track how the brain transmits and processes information. Three SEP studies of patients with neck pain found that spinal adjustments of the neck altered the nature of the electrical signals being fired off by the central nervous system.
Sensory dysfunction can also affect motor control. If you are throwing a ball, for example, the central nervous system has to activate several postural trunk muscles so you maintain postural stability as you throw. People with low-back pain have a delayed reaction time when it comes to activating these muscles. One study showed that chiropractic spinal adjustments reduced this delayed response time, leading to improved muscle reflex and motor control.
Talk to the chiropractor about spinal adjustments
Take this information into consideration if you have chronic pain and have been wary of visiting a chiropractor. Talk with a chiropractor, such as Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter at Posture Works in San Francisco’s financial district or Denver Colorado.
Posture Works is one of only a handful of chiropractic offices in San Francisco and Denver area specializing in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), the most researched and results-oriented chiropractic technique. CBP takes chiropractic a step beyond pain relief by relieving pain and discomfort at the source.
Posture Works’ chiropractors have helped thousands of Denver and San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic. Contact our Denver or San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office to find out if you qualify for care.