It can be easy to focus on pain relief as the only important outcome in health care. However, pain is always just a small piece of the pie when it comes to your health, and declining health can occur even in the absence of pain. Helping the body return to healthy balanced function by removing stressors and providing the essentials our body needs should be the goal of health care. Chiropractic care’s ability to allow for a return to normal function is documented in the literature, and below is a sampling of that research.
“This study suggests that cervical spine manipulation may alter cortical somatosensory processing and sensorimotor integration. These findings may help to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the effective relief of pain and restoration of functional ability documented following spinal manipulation treatment.”
-Haavik-Taylor H, Murphy B. “Cervical spine manipulation…” Clin Neurophysiol. 2007 Feb;118(2):391-402. Epub 2006 Nov 29.
“Spinal manipulation appears to prevent fatigue developed during maximal contractions. Spinal manipulation appears to alter the net excitability of the low-threshold motor units, increase cortical drive, and prevent fatigue.” “The improvements in MVC following spinal manipulation are likely attributed to increased descending drive and/or modulation in afferents.”
-Niazi, IK et al. “Changes in H-reflex…” Exp Brain Res. 2015 Jan 13.
“These results suggest that asymptomatic (no pain) people with a history of SCNP (subclinical neck pain) have reduced elbow JPS (joint position sense) accuracy compared to those with no history of any neck complaints. Furthermore, the results suggest that adjusting dysfunctional cervical segments in people with SCNP can improve their upper limb JPS accuracy.”
-Haavik H, Murphy B. “Subclinical neck pain and the effects of cervical manipulation on elbow joint position sense.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Feb;34(2):88-97.
“The results of this preliminary clinical trial demonstrated that MFMA SMT (mechanical force, manually assisted spinal manipulative therapy) results in a significant increase in sEMG erector spinae isometric MVC muscle output (trunk muscle strength).”
-Keller TS, Colloca CJ. “Mechanical force spinal manipulation increases trunk muscle strength assessed by electromyography: a comparative clinical trial.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000 Nov-Dec;23(9):585-95.
“Several clinical studies indicate that spinal manipulation alters central processing of mechanical stimuli evidenced by increased pressure pain thresholds and decreased pain sensitivity in asymptomatic and symptomatic subjects following manipulation.
-Reed, WR et al. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2014;37:277-286.