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Get to Know Your Central Nervous System

By Sara Butler

When many people think of chiropractors, their minds go straight to the spine and spine-related issues. This isn’t a false assumption, but just as your chiropractor does when treating you, you have to dig a little deeper to understand what the focus really is. When it comes to the human body, your chiropractor is an expert of the central nervous system. After all, that’s exactly what your spine is trying to protect and what chiropractic adjustments are trying to improve the function of. As a patient, becoming familiar with your central nervous system is really important. So, here is a quick rundown of your central nervous system and what it does for you.

Hello, Central Nervous System!

Your central nervous system is made up of two parts: Your brain and your spinal cord. You can think about your central nervous system as a kind of highway between your brain and the rest of your body. It’s made up of literally billions of nerve cells, also called neurons, that join together to create much larger nerves. Your nerves then send messages all around your body, and they work by combining both electrical and chemical impulses to send these messages.

Your central nervous system controls everything you do, which is why it’s so important to your chiropractor in relation to your overall health and wellness.

How Your Chiropractor Helps

The signals sent throughout your central nervous system to the rest of your body can get interrupted by certain things, one of which is a misalignment in your spine. When the signal goes awry, it can lead to several problems.

These misalignments can occur for any reasons, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Trauma
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices

If your central nervous system can’t communicate freely with the rest of your body, then it may take longer for your body to recover from injuries or trauma, and you’re definitely not functioning optimally.

Your chiropractor can remove the misalignments in your spine and restore normal function through adjustments of your spine. This helps your body do what it was meant to do: Heal itself. Then you can get on a road to more optimal health and wellness.

If you have questions about your central nervous system, how it works, and how it all relates to chiropractic care, then your chiropractor at The Joint is a great resource. Chiropractors love to pass on their knowledge and expertise to their patients since education is something all chiropractors take very seriously!

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