Chiropractic Care effect on the Autonomic Nervous System
Did you know there is an entire part of the nervous system that you cannot control? It governs things like blinking, digestion, and heart rate all of which just happen without you even thinking about it. The autonomic nervous system is one of many branches of the entire nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary function and internal organs like the pancreas, liver, and kidneys. These are things you don't think about or coordinate consciously, the body just innately does! The autonomic nervous system also controls the balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. These systems are the body's way of adapting to changes in its own environment. If there is abnormal stress on your spine, your nervous system will be less likely to react or change accordingly. A subluxation or misalignment in the spine alters the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions and inhibits your body's ability to adapt to everyday stress.
It is comprised of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. You may have heard these referred to as "flight or fight" and "rest and digest" for their unique and opposing functions. The body strives constantly for these systems to in flux or balance at all times. This means the body shifts from one to the other without issue, adapting to its environment with ease.
Chiropractic adjustments removes abnormal stress on the spine that hinders the body’s ability to adapt to its environment. When adaptability is compromised, there is a chance of sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance which can manifest physically in the following ways. Sympathetic dominance is often found in someone who can't sleep, has panic attacks, is always worried or stressed, suffers with digestive issues, fertility issues, and has a difficult time calming down. Parasympathetic dominance may present in an individual with chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, depression, lack of motivation, and hormone imbalances.
Chiropractic care helps regulate the autonomic nervous system by removing interference along the spine and allowing it to adjust to its environment approximately. As you can see, chiropractic adjustments deal with far more than just pain. A common example is a fever. This is a normal and natural reaction of a healthy individual in response to a pathogen or virus. Chiropractic balances your nervous system so it can do what it needs to do when it needs to do it!