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March 14, 2012

Tiny Lighting Storms in Your Brain.

Image: Dr. Judith Schaechter.

What’s going on in there?

The picture above is an image of the brain while undergoing a functional MRI. This isn’t like the old school MRI that creates a static picture of a person’s structural anatomy. This is a glimpse into a process. It’s how you work. And it becomes especially interesting when you look at the electro-chemical explosions that occur inside the brain when we think and move.

The fMRI can show us the location and intensity of the neural impulses lighting up the brain at over 300 mph. It can show us the location of both conscious and unconscious thoughts. It’s wild. I’m waiting for the iPhone app to come out in 2067. I’ll be 89.

So let’s rev’er up and see how the brain responds after the crack of a chiropractic adjustment.

The following picture is experimental data that shows a patient undergoing two fMRI scans on three separate occasions. In each image the brain is scanned as the patient is asked to rotate her ankle continuously— showing us what parts of the brain are activated during the task. The three images on the left show a brain scan before a chiropractic adjustment. The three images on the right show the brain after a chiropractic adjustment.

The results are fascinating. In all three trials the brain shows less activity after the spinal alignment. Those tiny brain lightning storms occurring over the surface of the brain represent where fuel is being burned. Less activity means that less energy is being used.

Using less energy for body movements leaves more energy for other complex functions such as metabolism, immunity, healing and thinking. That is huge!

Removing the mechanical interference from the spine has a direct and measurable influence on how efficient the brain is operating. The brain can communicate with the body (and vice versa) at a higher capacity when the connecting tube between them is clear. The spine is the brain-body connection. Every organ, every function, every piece of you is connected to it.

 Source: Case studies in Chiropractic MRI. Kent, D.C.; Vernon, D.C.

Up Next: Posture makes the ferocious “fight or flight” nervous system look like a little school girl.

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta.

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