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J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000 Feb;23(2):104-6.

Reflex effects of subluxation: the autonomic nervous system.

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RMIT University-Japan, Tokyo.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The collective experience of the chiropractic profession is that aberrant stimulation at a particular level of the spine may elicit a segmentally organized response, which may manifest itself in dysfunction within organs receiving autonomic innervation at that level. This experience is at odds with classic views of neuroscientists about the potential for somatic stimulation of spinal structures to affect visceral function.

OBJECTIVE:

To review recent findings from basic physiologic research about the effects of somatic stimulation of spinal structures on autonomic nervous system activity and the function of dependent organs.

DATA SOURCE:

Findings were drawn from a major recent review of the literature on the influences of somatic stimulation on autonomic function and from recent original physiologic studies concerning somatoautonomic and spinovisceral reflexes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Recent neuroscience research supports a neurophysiologic rationale for the concept that aberrant stimulation of spinal or paraspinal structures may lead to segmentally organized reflex responses of the autonomic nervous system, which in turn may alter visceral function.

PMID:
10714536
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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