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What Causes Interference in the Nervous System?

closeup of hand on heartThe nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.

The human body is incredible, and we know that it’s capable of so much. Our nervous system creates a connection between the brain and all parts of the body, so they can have optimal communication.

Sometimes, we struggle, and our bodies don’t express the healing and function that it’s designed to. At Herron Family Chiropractic, our chiropractors have one main goal with patients—to locate and correct any interference to the complete expression of life.

Starting With the Basics

Chiropractic’s foundational idea is that life flows from above-down-inside-out. The human body is incredibly designed and knows how to grow, heal, and function with no outside help in order to do its job well. However, when interference is introduced, things start to go wrong and we begin to see issues in our bodies that need to be dealt with.

More and more research shows the very truths chiropractic has been espousing for almost 130 years. Studies are finally catching up to what our doctors have talked about for years—that distortion of the spinal structure affects the function of the body and this in turn leads to dis-ease and premature death.

During the 1980 Nobel laureate for brain research, Roger Sperry spoke about the concept that when a person is mechanically distorted there is less available energy for healing, thinking, and metabolism.

He said that “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.”

This is the idea of the energy of life, that your body has this innate wisdom to take care of everything it needs for life and wellness. When there are interferences or distortions, they make us less than we have the potential to be. So what causes the problem chiropractors refer to as subluxations?

The Stress Factor

Throughout our lives, we encounter different types of stress which are categorized into three types—chemical, physical and emotional stressors. Physical stressors come from different types of traumas, chemical stressors are various toxins that come into the body, and emotional stressors are our thoughts and feelings toward things that occur in life.

Whenever we come in contact with one, or a combination of these stressors, our bodies have to work to adapt in order to deal with them. The effect may not be noticeable at first, as our bodies can handle a lot before issues begin to arise. This inherent resistance in us will continue to adapt, to the best of its ability, to our changing circumstances for as long as it can.

Every time we are exposed to one of these forces, whether it’s the chemical impact of a donut, the emotional impact of a frustrating day at work, or the physical impact of gardening, our nervous system has to quickly decide whether our body can adapt to the insult. If the decision is that it can, our body will absorb this force and our life will continue at the same pace.

If, however, the impact of the stress ends up surpassing our body’s ability to protect and defend itself, it will win and create a subluxation. And once a subluxation is present, it will create interference in the central nervous system. Initially, this may appear as being overwhelmed or tired, but if not addressed, it will interfere with the signals traveling along the nerves between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body.

The Problem With Subluxations

Subluxations cause a myriad of disturbances to the architecture of our spine, impact function, and result in nervous system dysfunction. This creates miscommunication between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body, so that our body is not fully aware of itself and cannot function at 100%.

The resulting imbalance in the body’s normal processes puts pressure on the nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. When this internal communication is not working well, a systematic process called pathology begins. Pathology results in reduced function and leads to a loss of health and well-being.

So, what causes subluxation? Well, to be frank, we do—with our lifestyle choices. We’re bombarded by stressors daily, and our bodies do their best to deal with each one. Our body focuses first on prevention, and second on correcting as soon as possible any life distorting and impacting subluxations before they become significant issues.

The best way to accomplish this goal is with structural corrective chiropractic care. After a thorough history and physical, and any other necessary tests, our doctor will have a clear idea of which subluxations have to be dealt with, as well as how to best treat them for optimal results.

Using this information, your chiropractor will focus on a plan of care to help remove the interference and improve the structure of the spine. This allows each patient to express their best health potential and enjoy reaching for goals that may have previously been limited by pain and dysfunction.

We’re Here to Help

If you’re dealing with subluxations, are uncertain about the state of your health, or simply want to ensure your future health will be well cared for, call us today to make an appointment. We’ll check your spine and begin a plan of care to help you achieve optimal health.

It’s never too late to start caring for your health and the blessings that result from health are wonderful!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”—Lao Tzu


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