The human body is incredibly complex and absolutely amazing, performing many functions and activities, from the most straightforward and mundane to the most intricate and awe-inspiring. Rather than functioning just like a machine, the body is a vessel that holds emotions, thoughts, and spirit. It is when we experience emotional stress, our body responds in ways that can significantly impact our health.
Emotions can profoundly affect the function of the nervous system and the body as a whole. When we experience strong emotions like fear, anger, or joy, the brain activates the sympathetic nervous system, triggering a cascade of physiological responses that prepare the body for action. These responses can include increased heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure, as well as the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
While this response can be helpful in short bursts, prolonged activation of the sympathetic nervous system can negatively affect our health. Studies have linked Chronic stress to various health problems, including cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, failure to thrive/ grow and immune system dysfunction. Additionally, emotional suppression or repression can also have negative impacts on physical health, as it can lead to chronic stress and inflammation.
The nervous system is the master control system of the body, responsible for regulating and coordinating all of the body's functions, including movement, sensation, and cognition. Made up of two primary parts the nervous system includes: the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which consists of all of the nerves that branch off from the CNS to reach the rest of the body.
The nervous system is key in regulating the body's physiological processes, including digestion, respiration, and cardiovascular function. For example, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), a branch of the PNS, controls involuntary processes like heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. The ANS has two divisions: the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the "fight or flight" response that prepares the body for action in response to stress or danger, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes rest, digestion, growth and healing.
One of the primary ways that the adjustment positively affects the body is through the release of physical tension and trauma that is stored in the body. When we experience emotional or spiritual stress, our body responds by misaligning (subluxations), contracting certain muscles, restricting movement and breath as well as creating physical tension. This tension can become chronic and can manifest as physical pain or illness.
The adjustment also allows us to become more aware of our body's sensations and signals. Often, when we experience emotional or spiritual stress, we become disconnected from our body, and we stop paying attention to its signals. Over time these signals may need to grow louder as we are ignoring our physical pain or we may become numb to our emotions. Through the adjustment, focused breathing and mindful movement, we can learn to tune in to our body's signals and respond to them in a healthy way.
The adjustment allows us to develop a deeper connection to our emotions and our spiritual self. By exploring our emotions and learning to express them in a healthy way, we can allow our nervous system to be in a state that is able to release emotional stress and trauma that is stored in the body. By connecting to our spiritual self through breath, meditation and the adjustment, we can tap into a deeper level of healing and gain a greater sense of peace and well-being. Our body is not just a physical entity but also an energetic and emotional one!
Our approach to the body recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. Nervous system based chiropractors aim to restore proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body, improving the function of the nervous system and promoting overall health and well-being. This approach is based on the idea that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and that by removing interference to the nervous system, the body's natural healing processes can be unleashed. We believe that our body has an innate wisdom that heals us from physical, emotional, and spiritual stress. By tapping into our body's innate wisdom, we can release physical tension and trauma, become more aware of our body's signals, develop a deeper connection to our emotions and spiritual self, and access a deeper level of healing beyond just treating the physical symptoms of illness.