If there is one thing that the best chiropractors in NH, throughout New England, and across the UnitedStates want patients to know, it’s that regular chiropractic care -like exercise- benefits the body in a variety of ways. Neurological stress and nervous system imbalance can cause a lot more than just discomfort in various parts of our bodies; it can impact our everyday health! It’s a catalyst for not only a weakened immune system but it negatively affects other bodily functions, as well.
How does it impact our bodies?
Every living creature has what we call an Innate Intelligence. It’s what makes something “alive” vs inanimate or dead matter, and is a phrase that’s used to describe how our bodies “know” how to adapt to different environments, heal, repair, build new cells, and maintain physiologic balance (also known as “homeostasis”). Another way to describe it is that it’s our body’s ability to know what to do without us having to consciously think about it. For example, our bodies know to breathe, pump blood, digest food, build hormones, heal and repair from the inside out, and much more without any conscious instruction. With the right nourishment and upkeep, we have the ability to perform these functions seamlessly, but our bodies are not always in peak condition, and thus the expression of health can be affected. Our brains constantly send signals to our organs, tissues and cells instructing them to heal, repair, and maintain function. The main superhighway that connects our brain to our bodies is our spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by the bones of the spine (called vertebrae), but because these bones are moveable they are susceptible to physical forces that can cause them to lose their proper position. Because structure dictates function, when a structural shift occurs in the spine our internal structure becomes compromised. This affects the body’s ability to transmit neurological signals properly resulting in what’s called “dysautonomia”, i.e. our body’s ability to maintain homeostasis is negatively affected.
Because the spine houses and protects the spinal cord, it is often the primary site of neurological interference. The vertebrae of the spine are rarely in perfect alignment and can impact the proper function of our bodily processes. Spinal misalignments can happen at any stage of life and for a variety of reasons; they can occur during birth, critical developmental years, while learning to walk, while engaged in physical activity or sports, or they can be caused by car accidents, slips and falls, poor sleeping positions, sitting at work for hours a day, and more. They tend to get worse with time which can make them more and more difficult to correct as we age. These misalignments are subtle, can go unnoticed for extended periods of time, and gradually diminish our health. This is why it is so important to get your spine and nervous system checked on a regular basis. The foundation of health begins with a properly functioning nervous system.
In short, nerve interference can impact and impair motor skills, our physiology and biochemistry, blood flow, and a variety of other bodily functions, often without producing any noticeable symptoms. However once symptoms arise many people begin to live with them and they become the new “normal”. However, autonomic nervous system dysfunction and the subsequent symptoms that it causes are not normal and health can be restored with routine chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care isn’t so much a “treatment” for a specific disease or condition as it is an ongoing commitment to improving one’s health, much like any other healthy lifestyle choice.
The professionals at Amoskeag Chiropractic and Amherst Family Chiropractic of New Hampshire take your health seriously. Our mission is to lead and educate as many families as possible toward optimal health through chiropractic care and the principles of natural healing so they can reach their fullest health potential. We cannot wait to help you reach your peak!
If you have any questions, call our Amherst Family Chiropractic professionals at (603) 673-0010 or Amoskeag Chiropractic at (603) 624-8000.