In a perfect world, our brain, spinal cord and nerves function perfectly 100% of the time. Unfortunately, the real world is not perfect. We fill our lives with additional stress. Stress can be physical, emotional, or chemical. Whatever the form, these stressors affect our health. When this happens, our ability to perfectly heal and function to the best of our ability decreases, and jeopardizes our overall health and wellness.
What exactly are these stresses in our lives? We all know that we get stressed out emotionally on a daily basis. Just the drive to work during rush hour traffic is enough to know that our blood pressure can easily go through the roof. This is a lifestyle problem that we know how to control through mindfulness-based practices and deep breathing in the moment. The long term health affects of flying into a state of alarm can be…well…alarming. This is called a sympathetic nervous system response. If you’re not familiar with the sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system, the sympathetic is your “fight-or-flight” reaction and your parasympathetic is your “rest-and-digest” part of your nervous. If you are in fight-or-flight mode most of your day, your body is going to put digestion, nourishing, and healing on the back-burner until you are out of the scary situation. What makes the sympathetic nervous system to be in constant fight-or-flight mode? Stress, and there are three types of main stressors out there, chemical, emotional, and physical.
Chemical stress includes an unhealthy diet, dehydration, alcohol consumption, prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as smoking. Emotional stress includes sleep deprivation, negative thoughts/attitude, anxiety, and unhealthy relationships. Physical stress includes poor posture, physical work with poor movements, sitting too much carrying excessive weight, and most importantly spinal subluxations.
Subluxations can be connected to a whole host of symptoms. They can also be associated with no physical symptoms. However, the brain being able to connect with the rest of the body and communicated efficiently is paramount to optimal health.
An example of this can be found with the subluxation of the celiac plexus. This is a bundle of nerves that are situated in front of the diaphragm and in back of the stomach near the aorta and surrounding the celiac artery. The bundle of nerves supplies sensation to the liver, stomach, intestines, adrenal glands, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys and a significant amount of blood vessels.
If this area of the spine is subluxated, you may experience symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, IBS, gas, ect. This is due to the nerves not communicating with the bowels what they should be doing to function, and the nerves within the intestines not able to fire back messages to the brain.
Routine chiropractic care can help prevent subluxations, and correct subluxations that may have been causing your body pain or dis-ease that you didn’t know was correlated to your spinal column. They are your health and wellness doctors, more than just your friendly back crackers.