The human body is self-regulating, self-healing, homeostatic and adaptive. The nervous system including the brain, spinal cord and nerves control and coordinate these functions. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord and allows for the passage of nerves. The spine can experience structural shifts and these structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
The principle aim of care in chiropractic is to adjust vertebral subluxation, which in turn may address physical and mental challenges. Chiropractic care is concerned with the totality of the human experience with. vertebral subluxations resulting in autonomic dysregulation and compromising the adaptive capacity of the organism. By analyzing and correcting vertebral subluxations, a patient is placed on a more optimum physiological path, potentially increasing resilience and adaptability.
Chiropractic care incorporates a salutogenic approach. Sociologist Aaron Antonovsky coined the term salutogenesis in 1979. It is derived from salus, Latin for health, and genesis, meaning to give birth. Salutogenesis, the study of the origins and creation of health, provides a method to identify an interconnected way to enhance well-being.
Salutogenesis provides a framework for a method of practice to promote health. Salutogenic theory goes to the very essence of neurobiology. It has been noted that neurological processes (as well as anatomical structures) are remodeled by sensory input. These processes, collectively termed neuroplasticity, are operative at all levels of the nervous system. Smith described the range of these mechanisms:
"From the afferent (incoming) activity of peripheral sensory receptors to the efferent (outgoing) activity directed toward neuroendocrine organs, blood vessels, and muscles. Although the selectivity of perception probably makes it impossible to be aware of everything that is happening throughout the body, it is evident that these regulatory processes are essential for one's health, and that they provide the basis for functional salutogenic mechanisms of the brain. An organism with a salutogenic brain would experience the world as manageable and coherent with a self-perpetuating cycle for enhancing self-confidence and well-being."
This research describes five patients with anxiety including two women and three men. In addition to anxiety, they all complained of symptoms including headache, neck pain, back pain, high cholesterol, hypertension, and overall decreased immune system function. They all had hopes of reducing their stress and anxiety levels.
The chiropractor examined each of them and found structural shifts along the spine. Other testing and an anxiety assessment confirmed findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic adjustments, the patients reported improvement in their symptoms. Each showed a reduction in anxiety, reported better immune function, increased energy, better mood, better sleep, and decrease in stress.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
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Reduction in Anxiety & Dysautonomia in Five Patients Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Series & Review of the Literature. Bruce Steinberg, DC, CACCP, Kate Clodgo-Gordon, DC, David G. Russell, BSc (Psych), BSc (Chiro), Cert TT. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume, 2020.