An amazing study from Japan includes one DC, PhD and 6 MD, PhDs among the authors. Their findings document that a single Activator spinal manipulation applied to the cervical spine in men with neck pain and shoulder stiffness results in significant changes in glucose utilization in various regions of the brain involved with autonomic nervous system regulation.
The results open the door for other sophisticated studies to investigate what may be profound benefits of spinal manipulation on the central nervous system. The findings in this study indicate that post-CSM changes in brain glucose utilization are consistent with muscle relaxation, improved sense of well-being, decrease serum amylase, and a reduction in sympathetic relaxation.
These dramatic changes are the result of a single Activator adjustment. What are effects of a series of adjustments over a period or days, weeks, or months? What are the effects of full spine adjustments rather than a single CSM? Stay tuned. In the near future we should see more studies of this variety soon to be published.