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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  • Dr. Neil and the staff Deb and Sue were very helpful with dealing with my issues. I went in with a lower back pain and has been healing pretty well. I have noticed the adjustments and home exercise not only helped with the pain but also helped with my digestion issues such as bloating. They were very accommodating whenever I needed a change in visits.Overall a great place to get yourself healed.

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    Organic C.
    7/09/2021
  • Great service and atmosphere, staff is friendly. I am always eager for my weekly adjustments, feel so much better after and very energized. Highly recommend the place.

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    6/02/2021
  • Excellent chiropractic office. Dr. Neil and his team are efficient and effective.

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    6/02/2021
  • Their philosophy of health and well being is encouraging, optimistic and realistic. I appreciate the idea of leading a healthy lifestyle and preventing illness rather than simply treating the symptoms of ailments. Also, there are times unexpected benefits to chiropractic care. I wholeheartedly recommend Ancaster Family Chiropractic.

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    Jared W.
    6/02/2021
  • Fantastic team who care about the whole person - always.friendly and helpful. Such a difference in my physical well being. My headaches are gone and I know better how to care for my long term well being.

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    5/26/2021
  • Dr Neil is fantastic at welcoming new patients. It's been a pleasure so far! I would definitely recommend!

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    5/26/2021
  • I've been seeing Dr. Neil for over two years and consider his care essential to my overall well being. Dr. Neil, Deb, and Sue create a welcoming friendly environment. I greatly enjoy attending at Ancaster Family Chiropractic and I highly recommend them. Thank you for the great care you provide! Julie

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    5/26/2021
  • 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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    5/19/2021
  • Dr. Neil and the admin staff have been a pleasure to deal with. I was referred to Ancaster Family chiro by a family member when I was dealing with severe back pain to the point that I couldn’t stand up straight. After the first adjustment I was shocked by the difference I could feel right away. As someone without a health benefit plan, Dr Neil was very accommodating in finding an affordable plan for me. I have been a client now for almost 6 months and can honestly say that I feel the biggest difference. Do yourself a favour and try these folks out, you’ll thank yourself later!

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    5/19/2021
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