Have you ever questioned what makes your heart rate go up when you exercise? Or, how about what makes your blood pressure go up when you’re stressed or angry? How your body knows how to digest the food you just ate? How your body knows how to mount a defense against an invading pathogen? How you sense that you are moving forward or backward or, for that matter, how you know which way is up and which way is down? Although a lot of systems are involved in all of these functions, the one that governs them all is your nervous system, the master controller.
Your Nervous System Controls Everything
Your brain is equipped to process billions of bits of information every second. All this information is being received by nerve endings and processed by your brain, which elicits an appropriate response. It’s a good thing that the vast majority of those bits are not made available to our conscious mind. If they were, I think our heads would explode! The billions of bits of information that you are not consciously aware of are being processed by a part of your nervous system called the autonomic nervous system, which controls all the glands and organs of your body, all the things you don’t have to consciously think about, which turns out is quite a bit.
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic
This part of your nervous system is divided into sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic part is more highly activated in times of stress and the parasympathetic is more active when you are at ease. The majority of these billions of messages are traveling along the spinal cord and spinal nerves which exit between your vertebrae, and it’s extremely important that the messages remain clear. One requirement for optimal health is a clear-brain body connection. When the connection is clear your body heals and adapts optimally.
Now, imagine that the messages traveling along your spinal nerves and spinal cord are like a conversation you’re having over a cell phone in a low signal area. Sometimes you don’t hear all the words of the conversation. If this is going on in your body, can you be optimally well? Most likely, it is impossible.
This is exactly what happens when lifestyle stresses overwhelm your body’s ability to adapt. We call this process of interference Vertebral Subluxation. Physical, biochemical, and emotional stresses exceed your nervous system’s ability to adapt, which causes physical stress and tension to the surrounding tissues of the spine. Vertebral joints becoming fixated and/or misaligned cause pressure and interference, much like bad cell phone reception. This interference can cause your sympathetic nerve system to be overactive, effectively leaving you in fight or flight mode all the time. Depending on the severity of tissue irritation this process may be asymptomatic, which is why everyone should be getting checked by a chiropractor.
Chiropractic is an extremely cost-effective way to improve an individual’s overall health. Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals whose sole professional objective is to detect and correct the Vertebral Subluxation. At our Boise office, we utilize technology specific to the detection of abnormal neurological function of the autonomic nervous system which is indicative of the presence of subluxation. Do yourself a huge favor and call a qualified Chiropractor today to schedule an appointment for you and your family members. Chiropractic is a health investment you simply cannot afford to pass on. It will literally pay dividends for the rest of your life. In the next article you will learn more about how subluxation affects your autonomic nervous system and your health.
To Your Health!