The Nervous System and Vertebral Subluxation

The Nervous System

Did you know that the nervous system is one of the most important systems in the human body? 

The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions that occur in our bodies. It transports information to and from the brain and all cells, organs, and tissues in the body. The nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal chord, and an enormous amount of peripheral nerves. Protection of all parts of the nervous system is important but the most sensitive parts, being the brain and spinal chord, are surround by bones. The brain is surrounded by the skull and the spinal chord is surrounded by 24 movable vertebrae. When moving properly, the design of our spine allows us to bend, twist, turn our heads, and every other movement possible. When there is dysfunction or misalignment with the vertebrae we can experience a decreased range of motion, stiffness, muscle aches, and even pain. While these previously described things are generally what people notice, there is also interference put on the nervous system and is termed Vertebral Subluxation and is described below.

 

Vertebral Subluxation

A Vertebral Subluxation is defined as a vertebra in the spine out of position in comparison to the vertebra above or below that puts interference on the nervous system and affects the communication between the brain and all the cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Vertebral Subluxation is caused by stressors on the body we encounter everyday. The stress can be a physical stress like picking up and carrying your children, a chemical stress coming from the foods you eat and the things you drink, or emotional stress that can stem from stressful relationships or the things that keep you up at night. All stress regardless, of where it comes from, has a negative affect on the body. Think of stress as a lightning bolt and your nervous system as the power in your house. One or two small lightning strikes or far away strikes have little to no affect or might dim the lights for a moment, but a large nearby strike or multiple successive strikes can put your power out. The same can be said about stress on the body, it is designed to handle regular amounts of stress but over time increased sustained stress affects your nervous system and will interfere with it's ability to function properly which, in turn, affects how it controls every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.

Chiropractors are masters at detecting and correcting Vertebral Subluxations, allowing your body to better adapt to and handle these stressors. Here at Northern Chiropractic and Wellness we adjust Vertebral Subluxations using a variety of manual and drop-table adjustments.

At Northern Chiropractic and Wellness we believe that health is not only about how you feel but how you function. We want to focus on your body's innate ability to heal itself, adapt to changes, and handle life's stressors, which is all regulated through the nervous system. If you have not been to your Chiropractor in awhile, or have never been to one schedule an appointment for your whole family to be checked for Vertebral Subluxation.