If you play sports, need to problem-solve or have had children, you'll want to know...

Your brain can re-route to improve all these functions

The latest research shows that chiropractic care changes brain function [1].  Heidi Haavik from New Zealand College of Chiropractic is one of the lead researchers in this field.  "The latest study suggests the changes that we do see in the brain with chiropractic occur in the prefrontal cortex. That part of the brain is like the conductor in the brain."

The prefrontal cortex relates to:

  • strengh in our legs when we play sports
  • balance and co-ordination to save ourselves from a fall
  • our ability to visualise objects in space and
  • control of pelvic floor muscles. 

In addition, it's the centre for decision making, memory, attention, lateral thinking, planning and strategic thinking.  So if you're thinking you'd like better function in any - or all - of these areas, you'll want to know the recorded change in brain activity was by 20%.

By measuring increased activity in the prefrontal cortex following chiropractic treatment, the study has empirically demonstrated what many practitioners have observed in practice, that patients report feeling more resourceful in times of challenge or stress; stronger and better co-ordinated in physical activity.  So chiropractic care is having a big, positive effect on the brain and body.

Watch the video created by the researcher Heidi Haavik about how even small sub-optimal brain function can literally trip us up.

[1]  Lelic, D, Niazi, IK, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewes, A and Haavik, H (2016), “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016 (2016).