Of the many patients that visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing each year, the majority are seeking out treatment for a sore back or sporting injury. However, seeing a chiropractor regularly care can provide some additional benefits for your general health.
One of the most interesting benefits is improved nervous system performance. Chiropractors can make adjustments to the spine which help signals travel throughout the nervous system more efficiently, which leads to some surprising health benefits.
In this post, our Ealing chiropractor explains what the nervous system is, before identifying how chiropractic care can improve its performance.
What Is The Nervous System?
The nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells which transmit information between the body and brain.
The basic building block of the nervous system is a neurone, or nerve cell. Nerve cells can receive and transmit electrochemical nerve impulses. The body uses these impulses to achieve the three main primary functions of the nervous system:
- Sensory input
Sensory receptor neurones are responsible for helping the body detect physical stimuli like touch and temperature, then sending signals to the central nervous system to be processed.
- Information processing
Neurones are responsible for processing incoming information, reacting to it and storing it in the brain. They also send signals to trigger motor neurones.
- Motor output
Motor neurones are responsible for making the body actually move.
The nervous system is divided into two parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS consists of the brain, spinal cord and cerebellum. The PNS includes sensory neurones, motor neurones, and connective neurones which connect different parts of the PNS and CNS together.
The nervous system is responsible for hundreds of critical tasks like making it possible to control your body, helping you understand when your stomach is full, feeling pleasure/pain, and memorising new information. It also helps your body maintain a strong immune system and avoid illness. Having a healthy nervous system is essential for living a healthy life.
What Is Chiropractic?
Many people assume that chiropractors only make adjustments to the spine to alleviate back pain. However, chiropractors are trained healthcare professionals who can diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide variety of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and bones).
They can manage the effect that these disorders have on the nervous system. So, when a chiropractor successfully diagnoses and treats a pinched nerve in a patient’s body, it can reduce any nerve pain the patient is suffering from and have a significant positive impact on the health of their nervous system.
Although chiropractors often perform adjustments of the neck and back pain, they can also help patients improve their health in other ways. This includes offering patients advice on topics like nutrition, exercise, and ideas on how to improve their mental wellbeing.
How Chiropractic Can Improve The Health Of Your Nervous System
The nervous system is quite robust. However, there are several injuries, diseases, and ailments which can impact its performance.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions which can sometimes impair the performance of the nervous system.
Chiropractic care can also be useful for addressing spinal subluxations. Subluxations are misaligned or damaged joints which are not functioning as they should. These joints can sometimes place pressure upon a nerve, which interferes the normal operation of the nervous system.
Subluxations can be treated using chiropractic spinal manipulation, which is a safe and gentle form of treatment. Chiropractors can also offer advice on therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes which mitigate the impact of a spinal subluxation, helping to improve the performance of your nervous system.
For more information on the ways that chiropractic care can improve the health of your nervous system, give The Spine & Joint Centre a call on 020 8900 9004.