If you think about it, it is pretty amazing that we can even function throughout the day with all the free-radicals attacking our bodies at all times. Scientists think we incur around 10,000 mini assaults each day, causing our bodies to always be on the defense.
However, it is possible to help your body fight against these free-radicals with chiropractic care. New research has suggested that chiropractic treatments can encourage the body’s ability to stabilize and even heal itself.
In order to optimally heal, the body relies on the central nervous system. The body-brain connection is what coordinates the flow of nerve energy throughout the body. A strong brain-body connection is necessary for the brain to function at its best. Physical stress as extreme as falling down or breaking a bone or even as small as bad posture or sleeping poorly can contribute to a reduction in the nerve energy flow. This results in increased cortisol production, which can be detrimental to the body’s health if it happens for a significant amount of time. This is why long term stress is such a serious issue.
With chiropractic adjustments, pressure is released from the body, causing the nervous system to flow freely again. This allows for the body to heal itself as it should, resulting in the ability to slow down the aging process. Chiropractic treatments help slow down the aging process by getting rid of damage done to the body when free-radicals overpower its antioxidants, otherwise known as oxidative stress. This stress causes the most harm to cell components in the body such as proteins, lipids and even DNA.
Chiropractic doctor Christopher Kent says that oxidative stress metabolically generates free radicals, which is the reason why we age. Further more, all types of stress, both physical and emotional, affect the nervous system. These disruptions are thought to affect the way the body heals itself on a cellular level, contributing to more rapid aging.
The findings of a study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation, supports the theory that chiropractic care has the ability to diminish the amount of oxidative stress the body carries. The researchers used thiols, a sulfur containing antioxidant compounds, as a way to measure the aging status of the participants. Low thiol amounts are often correlated with disease. A group of 76 participants were divided into three groups. One group was given chiropractic care for a short period of time and the second group received the same treatment for a long period. The third group was not given any type of care. Those who received the care for at least two years had their thiol serum levels tested and were found to have higher levels. Some even had higher than normal levels considered for people at the peak of their wellness, thus supporting how chiropractic care can help combat the aging process.
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