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By Dr Mike Merolla
April 06, 2014
Category: Longevity
Tags: chiropractic   neck   grip   strength   longevity   cervical   vertebral   subluxation  

In this study, athletes both male and female, from a Brazilian national judo team were assigned randomly to one of two groups. 

The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment to correct any vertebral subluxations (misalignments in the spinal bones) in the neck.  The other group received a fake chiropractic adjustment.  The martial artists in both groups had their grip strength measured both before and after the real or fake chiropractic adjustment. 

The athletes who received the real chiropractic adjustment showed an over 10% improvement in grip strength.  The athletes who received the fake treatment showed no improvement.  And at no time in the study was treatment given to the hands or wrists of athletes.  Only the cervical spine (neck) was adjusted.  This area was chosen because the nerves from this region control the muscular machinery of the hands and wrists.

As in so many sports, grip strength is very important.  But is also important for so many activities related to work and daily living.

Grip strength has also been linked to overall vitality and longevity in several studies.