From the September 17, 2012 issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research comes a study that demonstrated that chiropractic care has an immediate and positive effect on the nervous system. This study differs from other studies in that it does not rely on patient reports to document improvement but rather uses technology to measure nerve system change as a result of chiropractic care.
The author of this case study starts by explaining the purpose of chiropractic care related to the nervous system by saying, “Subluxation based chiropractic is the reduction of vertebral subluxation allowing the brain to effectively communicate with the rest of the body creating improved overall nervous system balance.” He goes on to explain that subluxations, (bones in the spine out of position creating nerve system interference), have an effect on paraspinal skin temperatures that can be measured using certain thermal measuring technologies.
In this case a 26 year-old man went to the chiropractor for an evaluation. He was not suffering from any physical problems at that time. The chiropractic examination performed included a thermal scan to measure skin temperature along the spine. The initial scan showed significant variations along the spine in temperature with the biggest changes showing up in the neck. There were also some smaller changes noted in the mid back area of the man’s spine.
A second scan was performed within 30 seconds after the patient’s first specific chiropractic adjustment was given. A comparison was then made to see if any changes between the scans could be observed. The second scan showed a significant and immediate change toward normal of the thermal scan made on the young man.
The author noted that the immediate change in the scan could only occur due to a change in body function achieved through the nervous system. “This study outlines the direct and immediate effect of subluxation based chiropractic on the nervous system in a 26-year-old male exhibiting no pain or symptoms.” he concludes. “This study suggests that chiropractic has immediate effects on the nervous system.”