Concussions, Alzheimers, and other Neurodegenerative conditions
We are just back and super excited to share with you all that we learned this weekend about the newest developments in the science and research of brain and nervous system health. Research is linking conditions like Concussions and Alzheimers and showing how chiropractic care can help! How cool is that?
Inside your spinal cord there exists a flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that circulates into your brain and flows back down your spinal cord. This fluid carries nutrients throughout and removes waste from your central nervous system. It even has its own immune system and cells that are different from the rest of your body. It is vital for the function of your brain tissues that the flow of your CSF is maintained and unimpeded.
Concussions, Alzheimers, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and other Neurodegenerative conditions all potentially share a link and may be helped. Research is showing that many people with neurodegenerative issues have a mechanical blockage at the Cranio-Cervical Junction (between the skull and spine). When there is a shift in the upper spine it literally puts pressure like a kink in a hose and causes a backlog of this fluid in the brain. This doesn’t allow the brain to flush and creates damage, which may lead to any these conditions mentioned above and many others such as neck pain, headaches, arm pain, asthma, immune challenges, etc.
So the question is, how do you make sure the proper flow of your CSF is maintained? Well you are in luck because, that is one of the benefits of being under chiropractic care with specific adjustments. What you may not know is that Neuro-Structural correction affects, and helps to normalize the flow of your CSF by reducing Neuro-Structural shifts that cause blockages in your spinal cord (Think of how blockages in your arteries, can cause problems to your blood-circulatory system). Other ways that you can naturally affect the movement of your CSF is via exercise and breath work, like in yoga and meditation.
Pretty cool stuff huh?