Chiropractic: In Detail

My Nervous System

The body is regulated by an organ system comprised of specialized cells (neurons) that coordinate the actions of the human body and transmit or receive signals between different parts of the body to the brain and the brain to the body in an effort to maintain homeostasis, or harmony.

The nervous system is the “master system” that links the brain to the body, by innervating all of the body’s tissues, organs and systems (respiratory, gastrointestinal, circulatory, etc). A healthy nervous system positively influences the communication between different organ systems, generates healthy tissues, repairs damaged tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons), and allows the body to communicate and adapt to our external environment and subsequent stressors.

Stress

The human body and the nervous system are constantly bombarded by stressors from our environment. Normally, our bodies are resilient and are able to adapt, but stresses in our lives, be they physical, mental, chemical or emotional, or any combination thereof; can accumulate (chronic, i.e. slowly built up over time) or suddenly occur (acute, i.e. a singular traumatic event) and negatively shift the adaptive capacity causing interference.

Typically, this manifests in the following ways:

  • Tightness of the muscles in the neck and shoulders
  • Pain down into the low back, and / or into the legs
  • Beginnings of limited range of motion; reduced flexibility
  • Loss of coordination; balance
  • Weakness of grip strength; tingling or numbness
  • Awareness of “little aches and pains” that previously did not exist

Nerve Interference

Recall that our nerves aid in the function of our tissues, organs, muscles and glands. When the body is negatively influenced by stress and are detected by the body, signals are sent from the brain to the body to “do something about it” in the form of a chemical cascade to the affected area(s).

However, if these signals are ignored, or allowed to slowly build up over time, they become hotbeds of inflammation and begin to affect the proper signal transmission of nerve impulses to and from the affected area(s). Subsequently, this can lead to chronic pain and degeneration of tissues and muscles; and impair the function of organs and glands.

My Body, My Spine

The nervous system is encased in 24 moveable bones, a sacrum (tailbone), comprising the spinal column, atop of which is our brain, which is also encased in bone (the skull). The primary function of the spinal column is to protect the nerve roots that emanate from between the vertebrae of the neck and spine that feed into the rest of the body.

Our bones are connected with tough sinewy tissues called ligaments and tendons, which are further connected to and protected by muscle tissue.

Whenever we move, signals from our brain are sent to the rest of the body to make this happen. The number one goal is that the human body relies on balance and posture, to prevent us from falling over. This is an unconscious process (we never have to think about it, we just “do it”) and relies on all of our muscles, bones and ligaments to work in harmony to achieve this.

When the body is not in harmony and is under Stress and affected by Nerve Interference; it is unable to successfully adapt. When this happens, the skull and spinal segments lose their proper balance and alignment; they can interfere with the nerves that they are supposed to protect.  When this occurs, we begin to feel aches and pains and experience reduced range of motion / decreased flexibility. These sensations are the body trying to do its job to rebalance an imbalanced structure.

When these imbalances are detected, chiropractors use hands-on, gentle spinal mobilization techniques (chiropractic adjustments) to help free spinal joints and restore their normal movement patterns. This, combined with personalized home care to strengthen weak areas, ensures the restoration of as close to normal spinal alignment and nerve transmission.

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