Chiropractic Works By Stimulating Brain Chemicals 

Dr Timothy Lim

August 7, 2014

Ever wondered how spinal adjustments improve back or neck pain so quickly without pain killers? Well some researchers in Spain wondered if they could get some answers in the blood. What they found was not what you would expect!

What they did was take blood samples before the adjustment, immediately after it, and then two hours later. Researches tracked four chemicals in the blood plasma: neurotensin, oxytocin, cortisol, and orexin A. So why these chemicals?

So what are these neurotransmitters and hormones?
- Neurotensin: help neutralize pain and keeps one calm during stress.
- Oxytocin: it’s anti-inflammatory and improves bonding with people.
- Cortisol: decrease swelling, promote healing and is a good painkiller.
- Orexin-A: another protein that helps with pain control.

Basically, this research tells us when you come into the office and we do an analysis and make a spinal adjustment, the brain receives this as an information as a signal to to correct and fix the issues.

So what you are getting more than just a better movement in your neck and spine when you get an adjustment. Each chiropractic adjustments results in positive effects on the entire nervous system that are making widespread changes in your entire body. You’re not just getting pain control, you are getting improve mood changes, improve healing! I have literally seen moody patients becoming nice to their family members. I’s not sure about you but that is cool!

So doctor how does chiropractic work again, you asked. Chiropractic adjustments signal the brain to make chemical and hormone to improve healing, uplift mood and destroys pain. Chiropractic works and now we know why it’s better than pain-killing drugs with side effects.

Plaza-Manzano, G., et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.4996.