The Brain Commands

 T he nervous system is the great message or communication system in our body. The brain receives this communication and sends out mental impulse or intelligence to the glands and organs that will complete this function. Nerves can be compared to a network of wires that transmit the messages sent to and from every tissue in our body. These nerves are specialized cells with unique parts and functions to carry these transmissions efficiently and with precision. The central nervous system includes the brain and the spinal cord. Due to the importance of this system, we are designed to

incase it safely in the skull and vertebral column.

However, this communication system can still suffer interference and messages may not be received completely. The brainstem is in a particularly precarious location, at the connection between the head and neck. In this small region of the body countless messages are being transmitted simultaneously. The brainstem is the processing unit in our brain and responds to the communication it receives. If incorrect or insufficient messages are received, the brainstem may not respond properly.

Chiropractic is based on the premise that every gland, organ and cell of the body needs a nerve supply to function properly. Therefore, it would seem logical that malfunctions in these areas would also respond to chiropractic adjustments. It is with this basic thought in mind that the answer to ‘What can you treat, doctor?’ could be as varied and vast as the nervous system itself.

-Louis Sportelli, DC

There Is A Disruption In Communication

 M any conditions are directly related to how well the nervous system functions. Sometimes we don’t feel sick, but don’t feel well either. There is a difference between being well and being not-sick. Do you feel you have less energy? Have you noticed a weakened immune system? Are you more irritable or easily stressed? Do you feel tired even after sufficient rest? Is there a general decrease in well-being? These feelings can often be the cause of a poorly functioning nervous system and may be due to a subluxation. A subluxation is “the condition of a vertebra that has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above or the one below, or both; to an extent less than a luxation; which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.” 

You may think of it like a short in a wire going to a light bulb. There is enough electricity going into the wire and the light bulb works just fine. The problem is that there is a part of the wire where the energy is lost. If the wire could be repaired, everything would work as intended. The same can be true for the nervous system.

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