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Chiropractic Care’s Crucial Role in Nurturing the Nervous System 

 January 17, 2024

By  Dr. Polly Hediger

chiropractic care nervous systemThe human body is an intricate system of interconnected parts working in harmony to sustain health and wellbeing. At the center of this complex web is the nervous system, acting as a master controller that keeps everything running smoothly. This article will explore the vital role of the nervous system, how it can be thrown out of balance, and the immense value of chiropractic care in restoring nervous system function to unlock full-body wellness.

The Nervous System: Your Body’s Communication Network

The nervous system comprises the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS includes the brain and spinal cord, while the PNS consists of nerves branching out from the brain and spine. This expansive network of nerves acts like telephone wires, transmitting electrochemical signals between the CNS and all parts of the body.

The CNS is the command center, processing information and coordinating appropriate responses. The PNS has sensory nerves that convey signals from sense receptors to the CNS, as well as motor nerves that transmit instructions from the CNS to muscles and glands. This allows for seamless communication so your body can breathe, digest food, move, and sense the environment.

Proper nervous system function is essential for overall health. However, various factors like chronic stress, poor posture, injuries, or toxicity can impair the flow of nerve signals and throw the system out of balance. This is known as subluxation. When nerve pathways are hindered, it generates dysfunction, setting the stage for possible health issues.

The Immense Value of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a holistic approach focused on the intimate relationship between the spine and nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic recognize the spine’s vital role in protecting the nervous system and facilitating optimal nerve supply. They leverage chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxations that interfere with nervous system function.

By realigning the spine and alleviating nerve interference, chiropractic adjustments can have profound whole-body effects. Research confirms that chiropractic care influences the nervous system, yielding various benefits:

  • Alleviates pain and inflammation: Studies show chiropractic adjustments reduce spinal nerve irritation linked to pain and inflammation. By restoring proper nerve flow, the body can regulate itself and engage its innate self-healing abilities.
  • Improves nervous system coordination: Proper spinal alignment optimizes nervous system coordination between the brain and body. This enhances motor control and reflexes.
  • Boosts immune function: A well-functioning nervous system allows for appropriate immune responses to pathogens and cell dysregulation. Chiropractic care may help upregulate immune function.
  • Enhances stress resilience: Chiropractic adjustments calm the nervous system and mitigate the effects of chronic stress. This promotes relaxation and flexibility in adapting to stressors.
  • Optimizes whole-body health: Proper nerve supply is crucial for vital organs like the heart and lungs. Chiropractic care ensures healthy nerve communication so the body can function at its best.

As research continues to illuminate the nervous system’s complexity, chiropractic serves as a key that unlocks the body’s full potential to express wellness and balance.

The Impact of Subluxation: When Nerve Flow Falters

Subluxation refers to distortion or misalignment of the vertebrae that irritates spinal nerves. This impedes the ability of the nervous system to clearly transmit and receive neural signals. Subluxation is often invisible to the naked eye and doesn’t always cause pain. However, even minor vertebral shifts can have a ripple effect.

Research reveals that spinal subluxations and suppressed nerve flow are linked to:

  • Increased inflammation and pain sensitivity due to excess nociceptive signaling.
  • Muscle tension, spasms, and reduced mobility due to impaired motor control.
  • Stiffness and numbness from nerve compression that hinders normal sensory information.
  • Reduced energy levels since suppressed nerve flow inadequately powers the cells.
  • Lowered immune competency given the close links between the nervous and immune systems.
  • Dysfunctional organs and glands that rely on clear nerve communication.
  • Increased mental and emotional disturbances. The nervous system profoundly influences stress regulation, mood, and cognition.
  • Accelerated spinal degeneration and nerve damage since subluxations cause wear and tear.

That’s why optimizing nervous system function through regular chiropractic care is so vital. Keeping vertebral subluxations in check ensures minimal interference to nerve transmission.

Restoring Balance With Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractors are specially trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxations through chiropractic adjustments. These precise maneuvers apply controlled force to unlock restricted spinal segments. This restores mobility and alignment to the vertebrae so they no longer compress or irritate delicate nerves.

Though chiropractic adjustments use high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, patients typically perceive this as highly relaxing. A misaligned joint that’s abruptly unlocked often elicits reactions like sighs of relief. The adjustment doesn’t actually “pop” a joint into place, but briefly stretches the joint capsule to activate local sensory nerve receptors. This alters muscle tone to aid spinal alignment.

Along with alleviating subluxations, chiropractic adjustments also:

  • Increase mobility in the spinal joints and muscles.
  • Reduce spinal nerve tension and inflammation.
  • Promote cerebral spinal fluid flow to nourish the spinal cord and brain.
  • Engage the parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system.
  • Stimulate joint mechanoreceptors to influence muscle tone and proprioception.

In essence, chiropractic adjustments help re-establish the efficient transmission of nerve messages so the marvelous communication network of the nervous system can work its magic.

The Preventative Power of Chiropractic Wellness Care

While chiropractic certainly helps relieve back pain and other symptoms, its true impact shines through wellness care and prevention. Regular chiropractic checkups help stop subluxations before they develop into more severe issues. Spinal adjustments undo vertebral shifts little by little, preventing abnormal wear patterns and progressive nerve damage.

Think of visiting your chiropractor for routine adjustments like brushing and flossing your teeth. It removes little interferences before they turn into decay and bigger problems. Ongoing chiropractic maintenance care keeps your body functioning in tip-top shape.

Many patients who begin chiropractic to address pain end up continuing with wellness care. They report not only relief from initial symptoms but an enhanced overall quality of life, including better energy, productivity, immunity, and ability to handle stress. Chiropractic wellness care offers an invaluable investment in your long-term health.

Integrating Chiropractic Into Your Wellness Lifestyle

As you learn to listen to your body’s innate wisdom, you’ll notice how chiropractic care works synergistically with other wellness lifestyle factors, like:

  • Diet and nutrition to fuel your cells and nervous system.
  • Exercise and stretching to strengthen muscles that support spinal alignment.
  • Stress management and restorative sleep to cultivate resilience.
  • Ergonomic modifications to prevent postural subluxations from repetitive movements.
  • Avoiding environmental toxins that could inflame nerves.

When you integrate these supportive lifestyle strategies with regular chiropractic adjustments, it culminates in full-body wellness expressed through a clear, nourished nervous system.

Experience the NeuroTransformational Power of Chiropractic

The nervous system is your lifeline to health. Yet its delicate nature also makes it vulnerable to interference from vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic care offers a profoundly effective approach to detecting and correcting spinal misalignments before they progress into more serious issues.

Re-establishing the free flow of nerve messages revitalizes this master system so it can orchestrate cellular communication and optimal function. Regular chiropractic maintenance care keeps your body in tune so you can experience peak wellness and resiliency for life.

Contact our office today to discover your body’s immense potential to express radiant health when your nervous system functions at its best. Our skilled chiropractors conduct thorough assessments to uncover spinal subluxations, and then perform tailored adjustments to realign your spine, reduce nerve tension, restore mobility, and unlock your innate healing power.

Call today to schedule your new patient exam and experience the neurotransformational effects of chiropractic care!

This article is copyrighted by Blogging Chiropractors for its Doctor of Chiropractic members and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Blogging Chiropractors.

Dr. Polly Hediger


Dr. Polly Hediger grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, called Highland. After graduating in the top 10 of her high school class, she attended Southwestern Illinois College for general studies. In 1998, Dr. Hediger entered the accelerated science program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri. Through her coursework there she completed her Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Dr. Polly Hediger

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