How Chiropractic Care Benefits Your Nervous System
To understand the benefits that regular chiropractic care has on your nervous system, you must first have a handle on the basic functioning of how your nervous system works.
The basic functioning of your nervous system depends on a billions of tiny cells called neurons.
There are billions of them in the brain and each has a specific job.
This makes the brain like a super computer that controls the rest of the body's functions.
However, it does no good to have this awesome brain if it can't send and receive messages from the rest of the body. This is where your spine and nerves come into play.
They connect the brain with the body so it can get messages to the body to tell it what to do and how to function while also receive messages from the body letting it know how it's going down there.
If you touch a hot stove, it is a message carried by nerves in your finger to the spinal cord and brain that lets them know you just touched a something hot. The brain and spinal cord send a message back telling your arm muscles to contract or tighten up so that it will pull your hand away.
Now this happens fast!
Messages that travel via nerves are moving at speeds faster than 200 miles per hour.
3 Different Nerve Types
Not all nerves are just sensing pain and telling you to pull your hand away from a hot stove. As a matter of fact, only about 15% are 'pain nerves.'
There are also nerves that plug into muscles and tell them when to tighten up along with how fast and hard to contract. This allows you to sit, stand, walk, run and even blink!
There are still different nerves that have an indirect but still important impact on your organs as an integral part of telling them what to do as well as sending messages back letting your central computer system (brain and spinal cord) know how it's going.
How Chiropractic Care Affects the Nerves
Sometimes the nerves that branch off the spinal cord can become compressed or compromised in some way because of slight losses in proper alignment and motion of one or more spinal bones.
When this occurs, it is called a Subluxation (Sub-lux-a-tion).
If the nerve getting compressed or irritated transmits pain signals in the body, then you will likely experience pain.
If, however, the nerve that is getting compressed or compromised plugs into muscles, you may experience weakness in the muscles.
And, of course, if the nerve getting affected has influence on any number of the various non-vital organs in the body then you could have issues related to your 'automated' organ function and not even realize that is the problem. You could be taking medications to control the symptoms associated with the effects of the organ not functioning correctly and never even realize the actual cause of your problem is not the organ itself but the fact that it is not receiving proper nerve signals input and thus over time stops functioning optimally.
The reality is that you could have subluxations negatively impacting your nerves and body and never even realize it simply because there is no identifiable 'pain' associated with it.
With a simple, safe and effective chiropractic adjustment you are not only restoring proper motion in spinal joints but also restoring proper flow of nerve impulses.