The Nervous System
The Nervous System Explained
What does the Nervous System do?
The nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves. The most significant parts of your nervous system are protected by bone. Your brain is protected by your skull and your spinal cord is covered by the moving bones of your spinal column.
It is the most vital system of your body. It functions to coordinate and regulate all the other systems of your body as well as help you adapt to your environment. If your nervous system were to be impaired, interfered with or compromised so nerve messages to or from your brain were distorted, parts of your body may not work as intended. The most common (and overlooked) cause is stress.
movement to walk and stay upright
When we are cold, we begin to shiver to warm up
Producing stomach acid after eating
Send signal to muscle in order to breathe
Controls how you
Protects against harmful stimuli
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The Autonomic System
Is subdivided into two divisions: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. Both of these systems control the same group of body functions, but they have opposite effects on the functions that they regulate.
Sympathetic Nervous System – Flight/Fight
Prepares the body for intense physical activity and is often referred to as the fight-or-flight response/ stress reaction. When this system becomes chronically over stimulated or over loaded, health issues may arise.
Parasympathetic Nervous System – Rest & Repair
Has almost the exact opposite effect of the sympathetic NS whereby it relaxes the body and inhibits or slows many high energy functions. It’s responsible for activities of repair, healing, digestion, reproduction. When the body is getting ready to flight or fight, the functions of this system are dampened down and in chronic fight or flight/stress can become under activated.
The Functional Formula
One of the unique features about our practice is that Rekha Rampersad, Chiropractor has developed The Functional Formula using Chiropractic Neurology, Functional Nutrition and Stress management strategies to address the physical, chemical and emotional stressors that we and our bodies face on a daily basis.
This formula looks at how your daily life stressors are impacting the functioning of the Sympathetic (Flight/Fight) and Parasympathetic (repair and restore) Nervous systems and how well your body is able to respond to it. Click here for more information on the nervous system.
Some of the possible dysfunctions from chronic stress activation of the sympathetic nervous system may include:
• Poor Digestion
• High Blood Pressure
• Chronically Tight Muscles
• Poor Sleep Quality
• Sensitivity to Light/Sound
• Tension Headaches
• Problems with Inﬂammation
The goal of this formula is to understand what the root causes of your symptoms are, create an individualized plan (incl. chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercises, a nutritional plan and stress management strategies) to address the root problems, and guide you on your journey to health.
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