For years there has been debate over the effects that chiropractic adjustments might have on our endocrine system. Could it be true that hormones are connected to the skeletal structure? In this article, we will investigate these theories and determine if they hold any truth or not!
Do Chiropractic Adjustments Really Improve Endocrine Function?
Theory 1: Chiropractic adjustments can improve nervous system function, which can in turn improve endocrine function.
While the close relationship between our nervous and endocrine systems is well known, there has been much debate surrounding whether chiropractic adjustments can improve hormone levels. Recent studies appear to suggest that these treatments may positively affect nerve function, however, more evidence needs to be gathered before this connection can be confirmed as fact. Ultimately, only rigorous research will provide us with a better understanding of just how much of an impact chiropractic care has on these systems!
Theory 2: Misalignments in the spine, called subluxations, can disrupt nervous system function and lead to endocrine imbalances.
For centuries, it has been widely proposed that subluxations can cause endocrine imbalances – but as time passes and research advances, this theory is increasingly challenged. While there are some studies showing a link between the nervous system and these misalignments of bones or joints, many experts believe its impact may be exaggerated in comparison to other influencing factors.
Theory 3: Chiropractic adjustments can correct subluxations and restore proper nervous system function, which can improve endocrine function.
Many chiropractors and experts debate whether or not adjustments can truly improve endocrine function. Although there is evidence suggesting that subluxations can be corrected through chiropractic methods, the idea of these corrections positively impacting overall endocrine functioning is becoming increasingly outdated as advancements in our understanding of nerves continue to develop.
Theory 4: Specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine can stimulate the pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating many hormones in the body.
While early studies may have suggested a link between the upper cervical spine and hormone regulation, recent research paints an entirely different picture. Unfortunately, we must now accept that this belief is inaccurate as modern-day science has proven there to be little evidence of any such connection. The truth behind regulating hormones most likely lies in other factors that scientists continue to study and uncover, shifting how biology works one piece at a time!
Chiropractic adjustments may offer a variety of significant (science-backed) benefits, however, the influence of these treatments on hormone production is less clear. Various theories exist which connect chiropractic care to the endocrine system, though solid evidence in support remains absent. As with any medical treatment, it is important to carefully consider the available evidence and consult with a qualified provider if you have any questions. As always, the chiropractic team here at Stark is happy to help!