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The Research Speaks!

Why we recommend regular chiropractic care as a healthy lifestyle regimen.

This interesting research shows a host of amazing findings about wear-and-tear, nervous system decline, and pain/symptoms. The most interesting thing...if a joint is not moving properly, it will start wearing down WITHIN ONE WEEK! This is why Dr. Lee recommends a once-a-week adjusting care plan most of the time, once the corrections have been made early on. Here are a few takeaways from the study:

  • In animals, fixation of facet joints (where two spinal bones meet) for 4-8 weeks causes degenerative changes and bone spur formation of the joint surfaces, with joint degeneration beginning within less than 1 week.

  • Joint fixation results in adhesions in the joint space that progressed from “mild adhesions in 4 weeks” to “moderate adhesions in 8 weeks,” and “severe adhesions in 12 weeks.”

  • In humans, there is a period where the adhesions can form WITHOUT ANY SYMPTOMS. This would support recommended regular weekly or biweekly spinal adjustments, despite the presence of symptoms.

  • Four weeks of joint immobilization can cause a decrease in neurons (nervous system cells) that become progressively worse thereafter.

  • Loss of joint movement has also been shown to cause muscle weakness, breakdown, and fat infiltration which deposits into the muscle.

  • The chiropractic spinal adjustment opens the spinal joints and breaks up adhesions, preventing spinal fixation and degeneration.

  • It is possible to reverse of the nerve cell degeneration and muscular weakness via chiropractic adjustments and remobilization of the joint.

Due to the neurological and bio-mechanical improvements from adjusting the spine, it is both logical and scientifically accurate that regular chiropractic care can:

  1. prevent the formation of adhesions
  2. reduce and reverse joint degeneration
  3. enhance neuronal changes
  4. decrease muscular recruitment
  5. improve muscular strength

Journal of Chiropractic Humanities. 2011 Dec; 18(1): 74–85.

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