Have you found that your physical therapy and chiropractic care only relieves your symptoms for a few days? Unfortunately, therapists and chiropractors can miss the root cause of pain because they focus primarily on symptoms. In this article, we will examine how nervous system-based chiropractic care helps target the root cause to eliminate symptoms and improve your overall well-being!
What is a nervous system-based chiropractor?
Most people have heard of chiropractic care, but did you know there are multiple different techniques and ways to practice chiropractic? A nervous-system-based chiropractor specializes in addressing the dysfunction in your nervous system located in the spine which may be the root cause of your pain. The central nervous system (CNS) is composed of the brain and the spinal cord, and the spinal cord carries messages back and forth between the brain and the nerves throughout the body. These messages are what allow your body to function helping you digest food, move your muscles, and breathe for example. Because the brain determines how we work and feel and is intricately connected to the spine through the CNS, using chiropractic care to help the nervous system will address the pain that the brain is signaling to the body.
What chiropractic treatments help the nervous system?
There are multiple ways chiropractors can improve the nervous system, and below are two primary means of care!
One of the most popular forms of chiropractic care for the nervous system is chiropractic adjustments. Though you may hear loud cracking noises, there is no need to worry! Adjustments are a safe and quick way to realign the spine. When the spine is out of alignment, it can cause the nerves to improperly function causing issues such as pain, tingling, and weakness. Adjustments remove the interference from the nerves, tissues, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which relieves and sometimes even eliminates pain! Adjusting the spine through chiropractic care is a great way to improve nerve function and take away pain.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue massages through chiropractic care are a great way to help the nervous system. A soft tissue massage stimulates the CNS by means of the peripheral nerves in the skin, which stimulates the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system regulates involuntary processes, including heart rate and respiration. For example, painful stimuli increase respiration rate, which is why soft tissue massage can help respiration return to balance. In a soft tissue massage, the relaxation of the nerves reduces painful swelling. It also reduces muscular tension and reduces joint stiffness, not to mention it releases a good stimulus to the brain!
Health Benefits of Treating the Nervous System
Helping the nervous system through chiropractic care leads to many health benefits for the body and the brain.
The most talked about way of targeting your health is through joint/muscular relief. Malalignment of the spine can occur from poor posture, injury, or stress. The joints get compressed, and the nerves and tissues get inflamed, causing many issues in other areas of the body. As discussed, adjusting the spine releases tensions on nerves that relinquish pain, and the adjustments cause relief from weakness and numbness. Back pain, neck pain, and even frequent headaches can be helped by releasing pressure from the nerves. Massages may also relieve deep muscular and joint pain, stimulating positive responses in the brain.
Because the brain is intricate in the CNS, releasing nerve pressure and painful stimuli from the spine positively impacts mental health and combats stress, depression, and anxiety. There is a direct relationship between nerve pain and stress because when someone experiences pain, the body releases stress and anxiety hormones. Individuals can develop depression and anxiety quickly when they are experiencing chronic nerve pain, so chiropractic care is a great way to kill two birds with one stone! Chiropractic care helps you function optimally, reducing pain and restoring feelings of happiness and health.
Discover the Root Problem
Pain is a sign that there is an imbalance in the nervous system. With a nervous system-based chiropractor, attention is focused on the root of the pain instead of just masking the present symptoms. Chiropractic works on the nervous system, stimulating the release of various chemicals and hormones that regulate blood pressure and flow, calm the brain, and reduce inflammation. With adjustments that relieve pressure from trigger points and massages that increase relaxation and mental health, nervous-based chiropractic care is essential for taming your chronic pain to help you lead the life you desire!
At Better Day Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to serving you throughout your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. We also offer sports, family, and pediatric chiropractic care. If you are located in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, reach out to us today!