Brain

The workday is almost over. You have managed to get through almost everything on your “to-do” list, and then a couple of last-minute emails come through and now the end of the day feels very far away. At this point you have exhausted your surplus of energy; you are on your third coffee of the day and your decision making and processing skills seem defeated. You’ve been exercising your prefrontal cortex for the past several hours and now both you and it want a break. Your prefrontal cortex is the portion of your brain that executes the higher cognitive functions of your day, such as memory, decision making, attention span, and motor control. Without a well-oiled prefrontal cortex, you will find it harder than necessary to keep your accomplishment momentum going. If you do find that you often feel run down or have issues with focusing and lack the drive to complete a project, a chiropractic adjustment at Knecht Chiropractic Clinic might be the solution to finishing your workday strong and alert.

At this point in life you are probably aware that the spine is connected to the brain and that each influences the other; but how does a spinal adjustment relate to brain function? Recent chiropractic research shows that regular spinal adjustments can improve brain function by up to 20%. Specifically, the area most improved by spinal adjustments is the prefrontal cortex. These recent studies are very exciting, especially because the prefrontal cortex plays a vital role in conducting information in and out of the brain. This means, regular spinal adjustments have an impact on this part of the brain, it’s possible that chiropractic can improve a lot of our higher-level functions, which can include things like behavior, decision making, memory, attention, intelligence, pain tolerance, motor control, eye movement, and spatial awareness. Previous studies have shown that spinal adjustments have a positive impact on improving sensory and motor functions when it comes to fall prevention, better joint position in both the upper and lower limbs, improved muscle strength in the lower limb, and better pelvic floor control. With new studies now confirming the positive effects, chiropractic has on the prefrontal cortex specifically; an adjustment can help the complex systems of your brain run faster, especially when it comes to object recognition. Did you know that when you stare at an object, your brain then mentally rotates the object in your mind, so you can understand the object as a whole, and thus allows you to recognize and recall the object for what it is? This is another major function of the prefrontal cortex, conducting information from what you see, and turning it into recognizable information; therefore, making you able to accurately perceive the world around you.

Nowadays, maybe more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the work in front of you and get through an entire week with your motivational drive intact. If you are looking for a holistic, natural way to boost your mental state, then call and schedule yourself a consult at Knecht Chiropractic Clinic in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago right away. Both you and your prefrontal cortex deserve to be running at maximum speed, so call Knecht Chiropractic today. You can reclaim your work confidence through chiropractic adjustments from Knecht and find yourself finishing projects not only on time but maybe even early.

What Our Patients Say

My chiropractic journey began when I was just two years old. There was a time when I would lie down to sleep and immediately start coughing. My mother took me to the doctor and of course was given cough medicine. Then someone said to her "maybe you should try and take her to a chiropractor." Low and behold my windpipe was off track. From then on, we went to the chiropractor for regular adjustments. I have fond memories of going behind the Doctor and placing my fingers on my mother's spine, imitating him. Quite often she'd look up and say, " I thought that was him!" What brought me back is the knowledge and belief in the holistic care that a chiropractor can give you. Our bodies are meant to heal themselves; and with the right support and those who think this as well, like a chiropractor, this can be achieved. With constantly sitting at a computer, looking down and daily tasks of lifting things; I knew it was time to return. My experience has been very positive so far with Dr. Knecht and his wonderful team. So far I've noticed that I have less migraines, and my cycle has drastically improved. In the past I've only ever had adjustments, but their approach in doing adjustment and exercises each visit is definitely putting me on the right track again physically. I also feel driven to think about my daily life in how I move my body and how what I do affects the way I feel. Whenever anyone talks about back or neck pain, I always say you should visit a chiropractor. I speak of my current experience and how it is helping me. I plan on making this a regular thing in my life.

Latoya T.

Before I began treatment with Dr. Knecht’s team, I suffered from various sports injuries that other doctors and physical therapy couldn’t address. Starting with a fall three years ago, I would partially recover from one injury only to have a new injury arise. My body became a game of whack-a-mole—each time I made progress treating one injury or source of pain, a new injury or source of pain arose. And the injuries ranged from head and neck trauma, to back pain and pelvic imbalances, to a torn plantar fascia. From top to bottom, there was always at least one ailment that prevented me from being active. As a lifelong athlete, I’d lost hope that I would ever be myself again. Then I moved to Lakeview and noticed Dr. Knecht’s office. I wondered whether a chiropractor could help me. I decided to try. The difference was clear from my initial consult. Instead of focusing on only one part of my body, the team x-rayed me from C1 through my pelvis and in various positions. Dr. Knecht then met with me privately to review the x-rays, discuss his assessment, and define a treatment plan. I immediately felt hopeful that Dr. Knecht’s team could put me together again. For the first time, a doctor assessed my body holistically! Using my x-rays as a reference point, Dr. Knecht explained how subluxations and issues in some areas of my body were causing issues in other areas. Suddenly, my injuries and pain seemed less random, less like a game of whack-a-mole. My body started to make sense to me. In addition to assessing my body holistically, Dr. Knecht’s team treats me holistically. My treatment includes chiropractic adjustments to my spine and pelvis, traction, physiotherapy, and massage therapy. It also includes stretches and exercises that I do on my own. Within the first month of treatment, my mobility started to improve, and my pain started to subside. As the treatment progresses, we continue to unravel years of compounded damage and I continue to heal. I’m now able to enjoy most of my pre-injury activities and I plan to start running and cycling again soon. I also plan to continue investing in chiropractic care and doing the exercises and stretches that the team prescribed. If you’re struggling with pain or an injury, or something simply doesn’t feel quite right, I highly recommend that you start working with Dr. Knecht’s team as soon as possible. They’ll provide invaluable insight and get you on a solid path to recovery. And, don’t wait to start your treatment. Looking back, I realize that I could have saved myself much pain and avoided additional injuries if I had started working with them sooner.

Marci B.

The initial reason I came to Knecht Chiropractic was due to was severe lower back pain. The back pain was from working out and doing heavy lifting in the gym, as well as not taking care of it over a three-year period. Since going to the chiropractor, I have experienced reduced pain in my lower back, and it has essentially completely subsided. I am now able to start lifting heavier in the gym again. I have also met some pretty cool people at Knecht Chiropractic! Donna, Dylan and Brandi are my favs! Something I’ve learned is that stretching is super important! Donna has been a great help hammering that into my head. I now stretch every single day and that has played a huge part in improving my back issues. I have noticed a huge improvement in the gym and when I sleep as well as a result of the stretching and the adjustments. I am not as sore getting out of bed in the morning now. It used to be horrible trying to get out of bed. If I knew someone struggling with pain, I would tell them to go see a chiropractor, but you have to stick with it. It will be worth it in the end. I will 100% keep up with the health of my spine. When I first entered the practice, I could barely walk or sit down without excruciating pain. I am now pain free and I owe it all to the staff at Knecht!

Matthew O.

After touching down back in Chicago from numerous flights the previous months, I realized that I had an unbearable amount of pain in my neck. I ignored the pain up until I couldn’t move my neck. My range of motion was limited and caused excruciating pain when I did day to day activities such as lying in bed or even picking something off the ground. At that point I knew my pain wasn't going to go away without a professional. I reached out to every Chiropractor in the neighborhood and Knecht Chiropractic was the only chiropractor I heard back from in a timely manner with a flexible schedule. I’ve experienced both adjustments as well as physical therapy. I performed different unfamiliar exercises that are beneficial to more than just my neck. While attending Knecht, I’ve learned that there are 7 areas in my neck, and most of them did not move due to my poor posture and my incorrect sleeping positions. Aside from restoring my range of motion in my neck, I also benefited from tension relief on my lower back that I didn't realize I had. I walk around every day normalizing stress and convincing myself that I am healthy. I don’t take into account that my body is always in a state of fight or flight because that state is normal to me until Dr. Brittni tells me to take a deep breath and all of a sudden my body is relaxed. I’ve noticed posture improvement in myself as well as core strength. Every time I walk out of the clinic, I feel much happier than I did when I walked in. Happiness is a result of not only the pain relief, but the realization that this is the start of a new health journey. If a person with a similar condition were considering seeing a chiropractor, I would tell them to do it and that it is worth it. Based on my own experience, if I hadn't seen one, I wouldn't have known that I was close to having stage 3 arthritis in my neck. I’d be slowly deteriorating my health which could lead to more possible health issues in the future. It is always better to prioritize your health. Check up on yourself even if you think it's something minor. I will continue to take care of my spine even after I am done with my program at Knecht Chiropractor. Now that I have gone through this program, I see myself taking care of my spine in the immediate future by using what I have learned in my experience here and applying it to my everyday health routine. Let’s take care of ourselves now, so we can be stronger for the future.

Nancy W.

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