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Why The Body Responds Positively To Chiropractic

You’ve probably noticed that immediately after getting a chiropractic adjustment, you just feel so much better than you did earlier. Even if you aren’t exactly suffering from a chronic condition that causes you heaps of pain, something as easy as a simple neck adjustment can do wonders for improving the way you feel in your body, and these great results can really last for you as well.

However, given that there are still so many myths that continue to surround the field of chiropractic treatments, it may seem like feeling good after an adjustment is nothing more than a placebo affect. Fortunately, that’s just one more myth that isn’t true at all – there is now actual scientific evidence that logically explains what’s going on in your body physiologically during and immediately after a chiropractic adjustment session. The results of these studies were outlined and explained in a great post by Chiro Nexus, which made the scientific reasoning behind the explanation so much easier to understand, at least for someone like me who is the furthest thing away from a true scientist.

In this study, scientists were able to successfully monitor hormones and chemicals within the bloodstream in order to see how they changed as a direct response of the chiropractic adjustments being performed on the body. Essentially, the researchers found that two key elements within the blood stream increased in their levels – oxytocin and neurotensin. What exactly does this mean? Well, oxytocin is a hormone in the brain that creates strong desires to bond with people you care about. Whenever you hug a dear friend, cuddle with your partner, or even breastfeed your baby, the brain releases potent amounts of the hormone oxytocin.

The higher the levels of this hormone are in your body, the greater amount of trust you feel for the people around you. An added bonus of this hormone is that it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, so it works to protect you from infection and even stress as well. Neurotensin, on the other hand, is considered to be a hormone that works to reduce the amount of pain felt in the body, especially any pain that is somehow related to stress. Since it interacts with levels of serotonin (the hormone that increases happiness) in the brain, neurotensin is fantastic for helping you keep your cool even in the midst of a challenging situation. 

 

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