What does this mean?
What this shows is more proof of the power of manual therapy, or in my case a chiropractic adjustment. Their findings indicate that following a chiropractic adjustment there are immediate changes in the brain that can be seen using a functional MRI. This is how a chiropractic adjustment works, it is more than just ‘cracking the back’. Chiropractic adjustments affect the Nervous System which is responsible for controlling and coordinating all aspects of the body.
As time goes on, more and more research will come out showing the power of a chiropractic adjustment and the effects they can have. What is most exciting with the research is that a lot of it is happening here in NZ. Have a look at Dr Heidi Haavik’s website with some of the great research she is doing. She has also written a book called 'The Reality Check' that explains her research. I will review it here soon. One thing I know that will come out of this research is something that we have known all along – Chiropractic works.
Gay CW1, Robinson ME2, George SZ3, Perlstein WM4, Bishop MD5. Immediate Changes After Manual Therapy in Resting-State Functional Connectivity as Measured by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Participants With Induced Low Back Pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014 Oct 2. pii: S0161-4754(14)00171-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.09.001. [Epub ahead of print]