Your nerve system is your body's master communication system. Your brain - your body's central processing unit - receives information from every other system. Information on sight, sound, touch, taste and smell is constantly bombarding your brain. Information on muscle activity, placement of your arms and legs, fingers and toes, and the positioning of your joints reaches the brain nanosecond by nanosecond. Feedback is constantly being supplied on how many new red blood cells are being manufactured, how much acid has been secreted into the stomach to help digest your breakfast, and how much insulin, epinephrine and other hormones is need for healthy functioning.
Your brain processes information faster than the world's fastest computer, and you get to have one for free! Remarkably, man-made computers are exactly like the human brain. How information is received, how it is processed, and how instructions are sent back out again - these activities are quite identical in both the artificial machine and the living organ.
How is all the information transferred back and forth? Messages coming to the brain from the body and messages going from the brain to the body are transmitted via the spinal cord, the tail-like direct extension of the brain itself. The spinal cord - delicate nervous tissue - is encased in the bony structures of the spinal canal, housed within the spinal column.
Of course, all systems in the body are related. Interestingly, problems with spinal mechanics may interfere with normal activities taking place in the spinal cord. If spinal muscles are irritated and spinal ligaments are tight, pain signals from these structures will affect normal signals flowing through the local spinal nerve. Ramped-up pain signals impact levels of other signals, enhancing some and depressing others. The ultimate result is that of "wires being crossed". Systems then begin to break down and the person's health may be affected.
So, mechanical problems in the spine can lead to many other physical ailments. Tight neck muscles, headaches, painful lower backs, even arm or leg pains suggest altered spinal mechanics. How may these health issues be addressed?
Chiropractic health care is specifically designed to diagnose and treat spine-related complaints. Treatment is gentle and directed toward restoring mobility, reducing pain and irritation of spinal muscles and ligaments. As these painful conditions resolve, more normal functioning within the nerve system is made possible. The result is greater health and improved well-being across the range of your body's systems.
Of course, spinal adjustments alone do not always completely address your pain. Sometimes there are other factors involved in keeping your spine healthy. As we have stated before there are six interferences that can cause spinal imbalance and ill-health. They are:
- structural imbalance
- electromagnetic interference
- nutritional imbalance
- allergies and sensitivities
- emotional issues (past or present)
For more information on these interferences and how they affect your health, go to our website at sanjuanholistichealthcare.com or come in to our office and pick up a free CD on the six interferences to health. Both of these have an enormous amount of information. As always, if you have any questions, you can also call us at 378-5660.
Yours in Health,
Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.