What Is Dysautonomia and the Stress Response? Why Does It Matter?

The body’s central nervous system plays a crucial role in keeping us functioning at optimal levels of health.  It controls all the other systems in the body, so the health of the central nervous system is vital.  It is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves in our body.  The nervous system breaks down further into the autonomic nervous system, which controls all the involuntary actions that we do without thinking, such as breathing, digesting, and pumping blood through the body.  To break it down even further, the autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.  Overall, for the body to work properly, there must be a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system.  If at any point anything is out of whack, it can become a big problem that affects our health and wellness.

What Is the Difference Between the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Systems?

The parasympathetic system is responsible for keeping the body in the rest and digest phase.  It is the part of the body that helps it repair itself as well as function at high, healthy levels each day.  A healthy parasympathetic system leads to long-term health and wellness.  The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response, otherwise known as the stress response.  Whenever your body senses a physical or emotional threat, it shuts down regular functions to cope with the threat and turns on the stress response. Essentially, it shifts into the fight or flight mode.  This results in rapid heart rate, increased sweating, and elevated blood pressure.  We always want these systems to be balanced.  Too much of the parasympathetic and not […]

Chiropractic Care for Multiple Sclerosis

The central nervous system is responsible for controlling all of our body’s movements, processes, and functions. It plays a part in our muscle function, digestive health, and even optic nerve function.  For this reason, if there is a problem within our body, it can usually be traced back to the central nervous system.  Multiple Sclerosis is no different.  Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system itself. Because the entire nervous system is so interconnected to other parts of the body, MS compromises many of our body’s other systems as well.  For example, those with MS develop muscle weakness and usually have trouble walking over time. They may also complain of blurry vision, numbness of the limbs, muscle spasms, or even loss of bladder control.  But MS doesn’t have to take over your life. Trust that you can continue to live life to the fullest even after an MS diagnosis. Begin with a visit to Lithia Springs Chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar. He and his team will complete a full neurological assessment and he will provide gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments to trouble areas to improve your overall body function and reduce the severity and onset of MS symptoms.

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is caused when the body begins attacking myelin, a necessary fatty substance that is responsible for helping send messages to and from the brain.  When the body begins attacking the myelin, it leaves behind scar tissue and damaged nerves.  These damaged nerves don’t function as they should, thus affecting how the body functions.  Some may not see symptoms of MS for years, while others may notice signs and related problems right away.  The progression of the disease is different for everyone, but there are natural and […]

Wellness Research

 

Many turn to chiropractic for backaches and neck pain, but the benefits of chiropractic care extend far beyond simply alleviating pain.  When a sickness or ailment occurs, many people don’t seek treatment until the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of pain.  However, prevention before symptoms arise can lessen the illness time or even prevent sickness from occurring in the first place.  Chiropractic care is not just for specific aches and pains, but rather a way to manage the overall health and wellness of the body.

Chiropractic Is Corrective

First and foremost, chiropractic care can help alleviate pain in the body.  Pain is usually a sign that something is wrong, but there is an issue within the body long before pain arises. The first several visits to a chiropractor include corrective care, which focuses on treating pain and correcting any major issues. Because chiropractic focuses on the whole body, chiropractic care looks at the central nervous system and seeks to remove spinal misalignments that block nerve communication to other systems of the body.  These nerve interruptions are often the root cause of pain or dysfunction, whether it be digestion issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, earaches in children, or numbness and tingling in the extremities.  Correcting spinal misalignments will restore proper nerve communication of the central nervous system, ensuring each system in the body can function as it should.

Chiropractic Care Promotes Wellness

After symptoms of pain have been alleviated, the second phase of chiropractic care is wellness care, in which the main goal is to promote health and wellness of the overall body.  The health of the spine is extremely important in that one vertebra out of place can affect your health drastically.  This is why regular visits to a chiropractor […]