"Your brain is plastic. You have the power within at any age, to be better, more capable, continuously growing a progressively more interesting life."
- Dr. Michael Merzenich
The Brain is like a Muscle: Use It or Lose It
What is Neurology?
Neurology is the study of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves that come out of the spinal cord. At Jones Chiropractic, we understand the brain has the ability to change (neuroplasticity) through growth and reorganization. Using the ideas of neuroplasticity allows us to help neurological problems, reduce neurological degeneration, and optimize neurological performance to improve the quality of life through chiropractic care and neurological exercises.
Who can Benefit?
Everyone! Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) train for many years specializing in the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.
At Jones Chiropractic we can help patients with many neurological complaints through neurological exercises, muscle testing, and laser therapy.
Common conditions that we can help with include:
- Bell's Palsy
Epilepsy and Seizures
What Causes Neurological Problems?
The brain is like a muscle; if you do not use it, you will lose it. At Jones Chiropractic we believe there are 4 causes of interference that can prevent your brain from functioning optimally:
1. Physical Interference
Cause: Concussion, Spinal Misalignment, Primitive Reflexes
2. Emotional Interference
Cause: Stress, Negative Thoughts & Traumas
3. Chemical Interference
Cause: Poor Diet, Heavy Metals, & Environmental Toxins
4. Electromagnetic Interference
Cause: Wi-Fi & Cell Phones
What are primitive reflexes?
A reflex is an unconscious response to a stimulation, such as hitting the patellar tendon causing your knee to kick. Primitive reflexes are innate reflexes we are all born with and should get rid of at certain ages, but sometimes the primitive reflexes remain or come back due to traumas or significant events in our lives. At Jones Chiropractic, we locate and use specific neurological exercises to help diminish the effects of retained primitive reflexes.
How does nutrition affect the brain?
Did you know the digestive system has its own nervous system? It is called the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS produces and stores an important neurotransmitter (information chemical between nerves) called serotonin. Serotonin has many functions in the nervous system including sleep, appetite, pain sensation, and mood. If we are not eating the proper nutrients to create and supply serotonin to the brain, our neurology and emotions could change.
How can a spinal adjustment help my brain?
In a Neural Plasticity 2016 study, Haavik, et al. found “...adjusting the spine changes the way the prefrontal cortex of the brain is processing information from the arm. It demonstrates we change the way the brain works and shows that spinal function impacts brain function. One of the most interesting things about the changes we observed was that the prefrontal cortex is responsible for behaviour, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional response to it, autonomic function, motor control, eye movements and spatial awareness.”