Want a Stronger Brain?

Chiropractors and chiropractic patients have known for a long time that adjustments don’t just help with back pain, sore necks or headaches. There are very often unexpected areas of improved function and performance when someone starts chiropractic care. Patients regularly tell us they have more energy, regular digestive function, better sleep, stronger immune function and better balance.

The old explanation of subluxations was that a spinal bone was out of place, pressing on a spinal nerve, limiting the nerve connection from the brain to the organ or tissue on the other end. What is being shown with more recent studies, is that while chiropractic adjustments directly affect spinal nerve function, some of it occurs because of improved and increased brain coordination.

The 4th fastest supercomputer in the world took 40 minutes to crunch the calculations for a single second of brain activity!

A study from 2018 showed that there is an increase in bite strength immediately following, and one week after a single chiropractic adjustment. We know that the neck curve affects jaw joint (TMJ) function, but this research showed stronger muscle activity immediately after a chiropractic adjustment, without any neck curve change. Muscle control of the jaw is controlled by special nerves called cranial nerves that come from the brain stem and exit through the base of the skull. So what? Well, that’s critical because we know some brain change had to occur for stronger signals to be sent to the chewing muscles.

When your brain repeatedly receives the same information, it will change how it works, a process called neuroplasticity. A basketball coach once told me “practice makes permanent”. If you practice a good, or bad habit, it will be easier to repeat that activity later, like during a basketball game. Repetition causes nerve pathways to strengthen. For example, if your brain continually receives poor, or incorrect information about your stomach, it will send poor or incorrect information back to your stomach. The result? Abnormal digestive function.

Another study published in February 2019 showed that in a group of chronic stroke patients, with leg muscle weakness, foot muscle strength increased on average by 64.2% following a single chiropractic care adjustment! “The change in muscle strength appears to be modulated by cortical factors as opposed to modulation at the spinal level.” That’s science jargon saying that the increase in strength seemed to be caused by changes in brain function, not spinal function.

The purpose of chiropractic adjustments has never been to make your neck pain, sciatica, heartburn, arm tingling or stiff back go away. The job of your chiropractor is to make sure you have better connection through your central nerve system, brain to body and body to brain. This, is what gives you the best ability to heal, rebuild and recover when physical, mental and emotional stresses occur in your life.

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  • 5 star rating  I have been a patient with Dr Neil for about 2 years now and have definitely noticed an overall improvement in my well being and good health feeling since starting with the adjustments. I can also attribute a successful and remarkable quick recovery from 2 Total Knee Replacement surgeries to having good chiropractic care supporting good health healing! Dr. Neil is not only a caring friendly professional, he is also highly experienced and I wish to recommend him to anyone that needs a boost to daily health.

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    10/21/2019
  • 5 star rating  I have been a patient for about 9 years. My sons, since birth and they 7 and 4 now. I can't say enough about the Ancaster Family Chiropractic team. They are very friendly and accommodating and truly make you feel like part of their Chiropractic family. Our visits have helped keep our immune systems strong and help our bodies heal and stay healthy. Dr. Neil and his team are fantastic with my boys. They fondly call him Dr. Clickers. He is a big part of our health maintenance and we're grateful to have found him.

    Pam Dawson Avatar Pam Dawson
    10/31/2019
  • 5 star rating  I have been a proud client of Dr. Neil and the support team since 2016 and wouldn't think of going anywhere else. I tried other chiropracters previously and the experience at Ancaster Family Chiropractic is far superior than any other. The atmosphere is positive, friendly and professional. The set up is great and the organization/structure just makes sense. I love having a key fob...makes me feel important! They actually teach about chiropractic care for a greater understanding of same. The name is fitting as you feel like part of the family. Thanks for everything you do.

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    10/02/2019
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    In all honesty, Dr. Neil has been a huge help getting rid of my headaches and chronic sickness - issues that no medication in the world could help. He’s a class act and treats his clients like a true professional. If you’re dealing with any sort of health issues, I would recommend booking an appointment with him.

    Thank you Dr. Neil and your team (Deb & Sue are fantastic!) for your commitment to my health and your welcoming environment. I look forward to my appointments!

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    3/15/2020
  • 5 star rating  Dr Brown is efficient, empathetic and excellent at what he does, which is helping your body heal itself! The investment that he, and his supportive team of Deb and Sue, make towards your long term care plan is by far the most thorough and well thought out that I have ever experienced. I highly recommend their services for the whole family.

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    10/31/2019
  • 5 star rating  The team at Ancaster Family Chiropractic are very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. They are very welcoming, and are flexible and able to work with your schedule and needs. My husband, daughter and I all see Dr. Neil. He is very helpful and great at what he does! I would highly recommend him to anyone considering chiropractic care!

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    5/06/2020

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