Understanding the Nervous System's Role in Overall Health
By Stepy Kamei
You probably learned a little bit about the central nervous system in one of your high school biology classes, but do you know how it can affect your back and overall body health? There's often a direct link between the health of a person's central nervous system and how much back pain or other physical discomfort (headaches, high blood pressure, joint stiffness) they experience at any given time. The spinal column is what protects the central nervous system, so it's able to function properly by facilitating communication between the body and the brain. When the spine is out of alignment, the central nervous system is often negatively impacted as well, which can lead to an unhealthy ripple effect throughout the body. This is where chiropractic comes in to help.
Chiropractic Adjustments and the Spine
You may think that you'd notice right away if your spine is out of alignment, but the truth is that many people experience a misalignment of the spine without even realizing it. It can cause a person to experience back pain, headaches, digestive issues, and high blood pressure, which is why it should be taken seriously and corrected as soon as possible.
During a typical chiropractic session, the doctor will examine the spine in order to find any misalignments, also known as subluxations, which may be impacting a patient's health. The chiropractor then uses safe, reliable, and effective manual manipulation techniques in order to bring the spine back into its proper alignment. These techniques often involve alternating between short, forceful thrusts, and longer, gradual applications of pressure to the spine and surrounding area. When the spine is safely placed in a proper position, the central nervous system's functions can be restored as well. This will often allow for communication between the body and the brain to work faster and more effectively than before the adjustment was performed, which means many other functions of the body may begin to improve.
After receiving an adjustment, you may be pleasantly surprised to see many of your other ailments (seemingly unrelated to your spine) reduce in severity, or even disappear altogether. If you're ready to see what a spinal adjustment can do for you, consider coming in to any one of the more than 300 branch locations of The Joint Chiropractic. You don't even need to make an appointment -- simply walk into a clinic and get started on consulting with a chiropractor today.