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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.



By Dr. Mike Merolla
January 30, 2013
Category: hearing loss
Tags: chiropractic   neck   dizziness   tinnitus   anxiety   hearing loss  

A 75 year old women underwent chiropractic care due to several years of dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears that had been progressively getting worse during the month before her first chiropractic visit.  The same women was on an anti-anxiety medication and had taken it for almost 30 years.

Her chiropractic examination revealed clear evidence of a subluxation in the upper portion of her neck.  The patient also had her hearing tested just prior to chiropractic care, which revealed hearing loss, particularly in the higher frequencies.

She then underwent chiropractic care for just over twelve weeks.  At the end of her care, she was no longer dizzy, did not have any ringing in the ears, and had stopped taking her anxiety medication because she no longer suffered from panic attacks.  To top it all off, when her hearing was re-tested, she had improved.  Most notably there was a 38% improvement in the higher frequencies.

How could such results be had from chiropractic care?   Well, the upper segments of the neck house much of the nerve supply to the inner ear and the blood vessels leading to the brain.

When a subluxation disrupts the normal function of these nerves, all sorts of health problems can result.

From: Vertigo, Tinnitus, and Hearing Loss in the Geriatric Patient.  JMPT , 2000; 23: 352-363.

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