Autonomic Nervous System and Chiropractic Adjustments

Researchers found that chiropractic adjustments have an effect on the  Autonomic Nervous System. They measured the changes in “Edge Light  Pupil Cycle Time” (ELPCT) which is one of the light reflexes of the  eyes.  This reflex is controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System.  A  decrease in the Edge Light Pupil Cycle Time was observed with  chiropractic adjustment implying a direct link between a chiropractic  adjustment and a response in the Autonomic Nervous System. The study was  published in the September 2000 issue of the Journal of Manipulative  and Physiologic Therapeutics.

If this is true, it will have implications well beyond vision  problems. The Autonomic Nervous System is that part of the nervous  system responsible for the control and function of internal body  organs.  Chiropractors believe that interference to the nervous system  creates a situation whereby various parts of the body will not be  functioning at their full potential.  This research shows a link between  chiropractic adjustments of the spine and the part of the nervous  system responsible for the control of internal organs.  Chiropractors  suggest that this shows conclusively that chiropractic care can have a  positive affect on organ system health problems.