The nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and a huge network of nerves connecting the brain to every part of the body. Our nervous system controls our movement, organ function, our senses, and controls brain function telling the body how to act and react. The body has large nerve branches extending from every level of the spine. These branches then branch off further and further until the innervate every area of the body with many different nerve types.
When the spine is not aligned or the body is out of balance it can impact the function of the nervous system causing pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling, and can even affect organ health. Chiropractors are known for their adjustments of the spine, the purpose of this is to realign the spine to allow the nerves to function properly without being stressed, or compressed. When our body and joints are mobile, our nervous system functions well and helps improve immune, endocrine, hormonal, and muscle systems.
Our immune system provides the role of protecting the body from diseases, sicknesses, infection etc. The endocrine system is responsible for producing certain hormones that regulate things like tissue function, sleep, digestion, sexual function, mood, etc.
Patients typically seek chiropractic or physiotherapy treatments for pain modulation or limited mobility issues but when the spine or the nerves are involved in the treatment, they will also experience many health benefits as their nervous system will be performing better. When under chronic stress, it will impact mental and emotional health. Chronic pain will leave the individual in a constant state of discomfort, changing mood and mental health leaving them with a cloudy, unclear mind. With a new and healthy environment, the adjustments help the body to reboot, just like a computer, to begin to heal itself.
A healthy nervous system leads to a healthy body, physically and emotionally. By re-aligning the spine, or decreasing tension or scar tissue around nerve branches we can begin to regulate our nervous system. The body is always seeking balance or equilibrium, certain therapy techniques and stretches can help move along this process. Get assessed, and learn if the nervous system could be contributing to any of your health concerns!