Along with helping to lower the costs of health care, findings show that chiropractic care (as well as other wellness-based care) is able to positively influence behaviors and well-being. Nonetheless, recent discoveries have further connected the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments to the physiological processes within the cells in the body. As a result, chiropractic has entered the field of genetics.
One finding asserted that chiropractic care can influence the physiological processes responsible for oxidative stress and DNA’s ability to repair itself. Findings, such as this one point, to scientific explanations for the positive effects were reported by chiropractic care patients. Although more information is needed to solidify this assertion about chiropractic, the current information is on the side of chiropractic care.
The research focused on looking at serum thiol levels of patients who were not under chiropractic care versus those who were receiving either short-term or long-term chiropractic care. As primary antioxidants which measure human’s health status, serum thiol tests are able to estimate the DNA repair enzyme activity correlated with aging and lifelong health issues. The results from these studies show that patients who have been receiving chiropractic treatment for at least two years have maintained normal physiological states. The patients with the highest mean serum thiol levels were those who did not show symptoms while undergoing chiropractic care as opposed to those with a present disease. These patients also showed serum thiol levels in higher concentrations than normal wellness values.
There are many factors that affect how the nervous system runs throughout a person’s life, may it be physical, emotional, or chemical stress. It has been shown that nerve function has an effect on oxidative stress and cellular-level DNA recovery. A prevailing theory asserts that oxidative stress that comes from the metabolism’s creation of free radicals is responsible for aging and the development of disease. Through oxidative stress, DNA is damaged and prevented from repairing itself. DNA repair makes up for the damage that the environment causes.