Dynamic Chiropractic

Dynamic Chiropractic Facebook Twitter
Dynamic Chiropractic
Find
Advanced Search
Wellness Blog
Dynamic Chiropractic PracticeINSIGHTS
Current Graphic
Facebook
Dynamic Chiropractic – October 7, 2012, Vol. 30, Issue 21
Dynamic Chiropractic
Printer Friendly Email a Friend PDF RSS Feed
Share |
Dynamic Chiropractic

dynamicchiropractic.com >> Anti Aging / Rejuvenation

Healing From Within: The Power of You

A growing body of research suggests patient and practitioner attitude, intent and emotions can influence clinical outcomes.

By Christopher Kent, DC, Esq.

A quiet revolution is gaining momentum in spine science: The biopsychosocial model is challenging the simplistic biomedical model.

Instead of limiting the perspective of the clinician to an identifiable pathology, the biopyschosocial model emphasizes that one should consider "the patient's unique biologic, psychological, social, and economic milieu."1

Recent publications are taking things to a higher level. An article titled "The Power of Suggestion – A Wild Card Across Spine Care" states, "The power of suggestion – and corresponding patient/subject expectations regarding outcomes – can have major effects in spinal medicine and spinal research ... simply observing people, paying attention to them, or making them feel special can induce powerful effects."2 A paper by Michael and Garry3 suggests that suggestion and expectation may affect other well-known findings.

Scientists are also studying the relationship between emotions, brain connectivity, and pain. A study reported that where pain persisted, brain gray matter density decreased. The authors also noted, "Initially greater functional connectivity of nucleus accumbens with prefrontal cortex predicted pain persistence, implying that corticostriatal circuitry is causally involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain."4 And as reported in the U.K.'s The Telegraph, "The more emotionally the brain reacted to the initial injury, the more likely it was that pain [would] persist after the injury [had] healed."5

Healing From Within - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark A frequent question asked by patients and practitioners is, "To what extent do intent, attitude and touch affect health outcomes?" Although these issues may seem unrelated to the technical aspects of health care, a growing body of evidence suggests that such factors may significantly affect the healing process. Attitude matters. Laughter and humor have been shown to have beneficial health effects as well.

CBS News6 reported on a paper in Aging7 that examined personality traits in people 95 years of age and older. The researchers reported that most had positive personality traits; the majority were outgoing, optimistic and easygoing. As noted by CBS News, "They considered laughter an important part of life and had a large social network. They expressed emotions openly rather than bottling them up." Other investigators have found that dispositional optimism protects older adults from strokes.8-9

Berk, et al.,10 investigated how humor-associated, mirthful laughter modulated certain neuroimmune parameters. Fifty-two healthy men participated in the study. Blood samples were taken 10 minutes before viewing an hour-long humor video. Additional blood samples were taken 30 minutes into the video, 30 minutes after the viewing was completed and 12 hours after the viewing. Increases were found in natural killer cell activity (immunoglobins G and M), with several immunoglobin effects lasting 12 hours after viewing the humor video.

Other effects lasting at least 12 hours were increases in leukocyte subsets and cytokine interferon gamma. The authors concluded, "Modulation of neuroimmune parameters during and following the humor-associated eustress [pleasant or curative stress] of laughter may provide beneficial health effects for wellness."

Finally, in a study by Kimata,11 allergy patients who watched a Charlie Chaplin comedy had their skin welts shrink, an effect not found in control subjects who watched weather reports.

Do these studies mean that practitioners should abandon our clinical procedures and become stand-up comics? Certainly not! However, realize that an upbeat, positive, empathic attitude will benefit your practice members more than a neutral or negative one. In a study by DiBlasi, et al.,12 the authors stated, "One relatively consistent finding is that physicians who adopt a warm, friendly, and reassuring manner are more effective than those who keep consultations formal and do not offer reassurance."

As chiropractors, we touch our patients and project an attitude that profoundly affects their well-being. We can do so by default or by design. My message to practitioners and patients alike is to focus on your intent to allow the body to express its potential. It may significantly affect clinical outcomes.

References

  1. Weiner BK. Spine update: the biopsychosocial model and spine care. Spine, 2008;15;33(2):219.
  2. "The Power of Suggestion - A Wild Card Across Spine Care." The Back Letter, 2012;27(8);96.
  3. Michael RB, Garry M. Suggestion, cognition, and behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2012;21(3):151.
  4. Balioki MN, Petre B, Torbey S, et al. Corticostriatal functional connectivity predicts transition to chronic back pain. Nature Neuroscience, 2012;15:1117.
  5. "Chronic Pain Is Determined by Emotions, Scientists Believe." The Telegraph (UK), July 1, 2012.
  6. Castillo M. "Researchers Discover Optimism May Lead to Longevity." CBS News, May 30, 2012.
  7. Kato K, Zweig R, Barzilai, Atzmon G. Positive attitude towards life and emotional expression as personality phenotypes for centenarians. Aging, 2012;4(5):359.
  8. "Smile a Lot; It Just Might Save Your Life." USA Today, Dec. 27, 2011.
  9. Kim ES, Park N, Peterson C. Dispositional optimism protects older adults from stroke. AHA Stroke; published online before print July 21, 2011.
  10. Berk LS, Felten DL, Tan SA, et al. Modulation of neuroimmune parameters during the eustress of humor-associated mirthful laughter. Alternative Therapies, 2001;7(2):62.
  11. Kimata H. "Effect of Humor on Allergen-Induced Wheal Reactions." (letter) Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001;285(6):738.
  12. DiBlasi Z, Harkness E, Ernst E, et al. Influence of context effects on health outcomes: a systematic review. The Lancet, 2001;357(9258):757.

Click here for more information about Christopher Kent, DC, Esq..

Dynamic Chiropractic

Dynamic Chiropractic
Printer Friendly Email a Friend PDF RSS Feed
Share |
Dynamic Chiropractic
Dynamic Chiropractic
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreement
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.
comments powered by Disqus
Dynamic Chiropractic
Have you ever contacted a local employer about the possibility of directing their corporate wellness program?
Yes, contacted
Yes, directing
Thinking about it
No

Sign Up for Our Webinars
Receive Advanced Notice of Future Webinars

 


Generic Viagra Lowest Prices Pfizer Drugs Viagra No Prescription Order Viagra Online Viagra Non Prescription Deal Sale Prescription Viagra Uk Online Levitra Reviews Viagra Oysters In Australia Viagra Price Australia Cialis Pill Color Generic Viagra Canada Buy Cheap Viagra Viagra Katelaris P Viagra Australia Cheap Levitra Prescription Or Not Viagra Levitra Usual Dosage Buy Tadalafil Cialis Online Viagra And Daibetes Viagra Tablets Uk Viagra Online From Us Pharmacys Generic Money Viagra Cialis And Priligy Next Dat Delivery Generic Viagra Vigora 5000 Effect Viagra Drug Interactions Online Levitra Tablet Viagra Buy Online Levitra Drug Interaction Walgreen Viagra Per Pill Viagra Online Gr 4.26 Buy Cialis Lowest Price Viagra Online Cheap Mexico Viagra Buying Free Sale Viagra Cheap Kamagra Viagra Buy Generic Online Viagra Viagra Online Sales Brand Viagra For Get Viagra Without Prescription Viagra Side Effects Blood Pressure Cialis For Sale In Us Australia Viagra Online Cialis Cheap Visa Auk Cialis Sales Bravejournal Buy Levitra Member Levitra Buy Online Find Cheap Cialis Vardenafil 20 Mg Hcl