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Chiropractic is centered around adjusting to allow the nervous system to function more fully, and thus allow the body to heal. But in reality, we have 4 different, but interactive nervous systems within our bodies. These include the central nervous system that is housed within the head and the spine; the peripheral nervous system that connects the central nervous to the different parts of our bodies; the enteric nervous system that is housed within your gut; the cardiac nervous system that controls your heart.
The central nervous system is located in the head and spine. It is highly differentiated into different regions and columns for different specific functions. Some parts of your brain for example, receive communications from your eyes to see, while another part, called an association cortex give definition to that vision. Other regions do the same for hearing, smell, taste, touch, and the like.
In fact when there is some sort of attention deficit problem, like a roomful of people talking sounding more like a deafening roar, it is often because of a problem with the association cortex of that sense.
Some areas will control motor functions, some will control your senses. Then there are areas for thinking, others for feeling, some areas are for regulating, while some for coordinating.
All of these areas are supposed to interact to allow us to live healthy and vibrant lives. When this is not the case, something probably needs adjusted to allow the nerve energy to flow freely once again so that you can heal and be healthy.
Nerves are made of 3 parts: the neuron or nerve cell, and branching arms that come out of the neuron called the dendrite and the axon. It’s through little electrical currents flowing down the axons and dendrites that the nervous system communicates.
The switches where these axons and dendrites connect are called synapses. Synapses are where your neurotransmitters work. When the electrical current coming to the synapse is strong enough, it releases enough neurotransmitters across the switch so that the current continues on. This is how your nerves communicate with each other.
At times during a fetus’s brain’s development there are 250,000 neurons added every minute. By the time you are an adult, there are over 100 billion nerve cells with over 100 trillion connections between them. That’s more nerve cells than there are trees in the entire amazon forest with more connections than there are leaves in the Amazon forest. (http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/dev.html below)
In other words your nervous system is pretty important.
The peripheral nervous system connects the central nervous system to the rest of the body. This allows you to use your arms and legs, control your lungs and organs, and think at the same time!
The enteric nervous system is inside of your gut. Its sensory endings are throughout the lining of your gut. In fact there are more kinds of taste buds and much larger numbers of them in your gut lining than on your tongue. See your tummy really does crave foods.
At one point in time, researchers thought that there might be more nerve connections in your gut than in your head. But time proved that the enteric nervous system is about 1/5th the size of the central nervous system.
The reason that you have nerves in your gut is so that your body can have instant warning and be able to prepare for what you put in it.
The gut is also the first place that we make hormones. Hormones are called the second messenger system because they control your body’s functions also.
From this you can see that your gut is really important also.
Lastly, there is the cardiac nervous system. It controls your heart. The electrical beats from the heart are so strong that some equipment can measure their electrical beats from up to 10 feet away from you.
The following is from the HeartMath® Institute, Expanding Heart Connections,
Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.
The effect of heart activity on brain function has been researched extensively over about the past 40 years. Earlier research mainly examined the effects of heart activity occurring on a very short time scale—over several consecutive heartbeats at maximum. Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have extended this body of scientific research by looking at how larger-scale patterns of heart activity affect the brain’s functioning.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
Many factors affect the activity of the ANS, and therefore influence HRV (Heart Rate Variance). These include our breathing patterns, physical exercise, and even our thoughts. Research at the HeartMath Institute has shown that one of the most powerful factors that affect our heart’s changing rhythm is our feelings and emotions. When our varying heart rate is plotted over time, the overall shape of the waveform produced is called the heart rhythm pattern. When you use the emWave Pro, you are seeing your heart rhythm pattern in real time. HeartMath research has found that the emotions we experience directly affect our heart rhythm pattern—and this, in turn, tells us much about how our body is functioning.
In general, emotional stress—including emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety—gives rise to heart rhythm patterns that appear irregular and erratic: the HRV waveform looks like a series of uneven, jagged peaks (an example is shown in the figure below). Scientists call this an incoherent heart rhythm pattern. Physiologically, this pattern indicates that the signals produced by the two branches of the ANS are out of sync with each other. This can be likened to driving a car with one foot on the gas pedal (the sympathetic nervous system) and the other on the brake (the parasympathetic nervous system) at the same time—this creates a jerky ride, burns more gas, and isn’t great for your car, either! Likewise, the incoherent patterns of physiological activity associated with stressful emotions can cause our body to operate inefficiently, deplete our energy, and produce extra wear and tear on our whole system. This is especially true if stress and negative emotions are prolonged or experienced often.
That’s how much affect the nervous system of the heart has on the nervous system in the head, it can direct even our emotional responses.
So you see, all 4 of these nervous systems connect. Together with your hormone systems they control all of your body’s functions.
Since Chiropractic is aimed at balancing the nervous system to allow the body to heal, the more effectively we can balance the 4 different and interactive nervous systems, the more harmony we can bring to the body. Many methods are used in conjunction with each other to bring this about. The primary method used to accomplish this is adjusting. If we add to the adjusting nutrition, lifestyle changes, exercise, and a host of other therapies we can have a much bigger impact on the bodies function.
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Here, we approach health from a holistic, natural view. The body though it has many parts, and many systems, it works together as a whole to support life. Sickness and disease are not just names or titles, but they are the result of the body not being able to cope with its surroundings. An example of this is a common cold which is caused by a virus that multiplies in the respiratory tract.
If you notice, not everyone gets a cold when exposed to the virus – only those with certain conditions that result in their immune system to be weak enough to allow the virus to proliferate will get sick.
The same is true for most of our maladies
– something in our body is not working properly that allows us to have whatever it is that we are complaining of. When something is wrong, we don’t necessarily need a name of what it is, but the process that allowed us to get what we have is usually more important. In fact, it is the process of the body being overwhelmed with something that causes most of the things that we complain about. If we can define the process, then we can address the cause of the present condition – and that will allow us to make the changes necessary to allow the body to heal itself.
The goal is health and healthy lives. To achieve this end, we employ a variety of natural methods to strengthen the weak systems of the body to allow it to heal itself. After all, isn’t that what you want – to be healthy again?
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