Common, but not normal [Part 3]

Last week I chatted with someone who was on a journey to transform their life.  They had a few health crisis’ in the past ten years and now they were changing everything.

They had revamped their diet.

They started with a trainer.

They retired from a stressful job.

However, challenges kept creeping up:

Headaches/migraines, aches and pain, and poor performance/fatigue.

She asked me some questions in regards to her spine and nerve system health.  She asked “Do you think what you do here might help?”

I responded with something along the lines of: “Your nerve system and spine is a very important factor – it may be related.  If you’d like to test to uncover more we can?”

We went through our exam and found some underlying challenges.

So, how would your nerve system and spine relate to your overall health?   And the previous problems we spoke about: headaches, arthritis, osteoporosis.

As I am sure you may remember, your brain controls your body.  You have an extension of your brain we call your spinal cord which is protected by the spine.  If the spine is shifted and stuck it can impair communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  Remember, these nerves help to control your muscles, organs and glands.

This very specific problem (mentioned above) is something a Neuro-Structural Chiropractor checks for.

More specifically in my last two posts we discussed 3 challenges:

  • Arthritis; lack of motion (a stuck vertebra with poor motion – in the case of the spine)

Whether it’s a knock, fall, sedentary lifestyle and/or poor posture there are many reasons a vertebra may get stuck.  If it gets stuck (and/or doesn’t move properly) it can lead to arthritis.  This may lead to poor information being exchanged between the body and the brain through the nervous system (one piece of the puzzle).

A Neuro-Structural Chiropractor helps to find these problematic areas and make a correction  (Not as a treatment for arthritis but to help restore the integrity of the spine & nerve system).

  • Osteoporosis; Increased stress hormones (cortisol) can lead to increased bone breakdown.  This increased bone breakdown can lead to osteopenia and eventual osteoporosis (big contributing factor).

The specific motion of the spine actually helps to lessen the stress response (something called your Vagus nerve (particularly in the upper few segments of the neck) gets activated).  This helps with the release of acetylcholine which helps to be the brake pedals for the body’s stress response.  The neat thing is this gets activated after you receive a specific Chiropractic adjustment (again, it helps the stress response change which helps your body – the specific Chiropractic Adjustment would not be called a treatment for osteoporosis – but rather something to support the health of the body).

  • Headaches.  Muscle tension as well as stress hormones (mentioned above) can play a role.  If your upper neck is shifted and stuck with poor motion this can be a big factor in your headaches on top of some of the other reasons I’ve already discussed.
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Vertebrae and muscles of the neck (under the control of the nerves)

As you can see there are many areas of your health you can address and the most often overlooked one is the spine and nerve system.  Many people go through the same processes mentioned above before finding a Neuro-Structural Chiropractor that may be able to help.

Remember – the body is very complex but the requirements for the body to actually be healthy are really quite simple (movement, fuel, mindset, & properly functioning nervous system/spine).

Often times it may just be a matter of remembering that the nerve system & spine need to be looked after.  Starting with a simple question or inquiry can lead you down a path to better health.

I welcome your questions and/or comments if you’re looking for a place to start.

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