Nervous System Dysfunction Part of Cancer

Chiropractic Care

We all know the nervous system is the master controller of all function, healing and health. Chiropractic has always focused on removing interference (subluxation) from the nervous system to allow the body maximal healing ability. With less nerve system interference your brain is able to send and receive messages more clearly from your tissue cells thus allowing for a healthier future.

The study below focuses on how the body’s healing ability is suppressed and altered with autonomic nervous system stress/dysfunction and its role in the development and progression cancer and advanced cancer.

We know that chiropractic does not treat or cure cancer, or any condition for that matter, but I know a person under regular chiropractic care, with less nerve interference is better off fighting any illness or dis-ease.

If you know someone suffering with from cancer, advanced cancer or even a common immune system illness like frequent colds, allergies, flus doesn’t it make sense for them to have their nervous system checked by a chiropractor?

Autonomic nervous system dysfunction in advanced cancer.


The autonomic nervous system (ANS) innervates every organ in the body and is largely involuntary. There have been reports of autonomic dysfunction in cancer patients, but most are case reports. There are suggestions that this abnormality may be common in advanced cancer.

Inpatients and outpatients with advanced cancer were enrolled. Patients were excluded if they had a previous diagnosis of a disease associated with autonomic nervous system (ANS) abnormalities, or had taken or were taking drugs affecting the ANS. Autonomic function was evaluated using five bedside cardiovascular tests: (1) heart rate response to deep breathing, (2) heart rate response to standing, (3) heart rate response to the Valsalva maneuver, (4) blood pressure response to standing and (5) blood pressure response to static exercise. Each test result was scored according to a validated scale of 0,.5, or 1. The individual scores were added together and each patient received a dysfunction score: none ( = 0-1), mild ( = 1.5-2), moderate ( = 2.5-3) or severe ( = 3.5-5). Twenty-eight men and 22 women participated, median age was 64 years. The median ECOG performance status was 2. Lung and prostate cancer were the most common ( N = 9, 5). 245 tests were performed; 86 (35%) individual tests were normal or borderline. Composite dysfunction scores were calculated; all the participants had a score consistent with abnormality. The median number of symptoms was 6 (range 1-15). Twenty-eight rated at least one symptom as severe (median 2, range 0-5), but symptoms did not correlate with test abnormalities.

The results reveal significant ANS dysfunction in advanced cancer.

Get your nervous system checked today. Call (607) 257-9355 and let the team at Ithaca Family Chiropractic help you achieve and surpass your health goals.

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