We all know the stereotype of men getting grumpier as they age. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
As a chiropractor, man and dad, this study is exciting news and I hope it encourages all men to assess their own mood, pain levels and mental health and seek help, if necessary.
A study performed in 2011 revealed the impact of one single chiropractic adjustment can have on the tone of the nervous system. Published in “Alternative Therapies Health Medicine”(Ogura 2011)(2), the study was performed by 8 PhD’s and 1 Chiropractor. They used a PET scan as a powerful neuro-imaging technique to measure neuronal activity in the brain. They were also able to take a radioactive analogue of glucose as a marker to measure brain glucose consumption as it would indicate brain metabolic activity after having a chiropractic adjustment.
The findings demonstrated that the sympathetic tone of the nervous system was inhibited, salivary amylase was decreased, regional brain metabolic changes occurred, and muscle tone and pain intensity decreased following just one single chiropractic adjustment.
In simple terms, the study confirmed that a single neck adjustment from a chiropractor helped:
- Decrease stress levels
- Reduced the flight/fright reflex response
- Relaxed muscles
- Reduced pain levels
Essentially the subjects were new men after just one specific chiropractic neck adjustment!
If the men in your life are grumpy, in pain or just being a pain, consider making an appointment with myself here at Northside Health. Call 6652 5322 or jump onto the HotDoc app to book.
Dr. David Pham
Resident Chiropractor – Northside Health
Reference: “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation” Alternative Therapies Health Medicine 2011 Nov-Dec;17(6):12-7.