The Autonomic Nervous System
The nervous system is one of the most important parts of the body. Its network of nerve cells transmit nerve impulses from the body to the brain ruling over our senses and how we interact with the world. There are different parts of the nervous system, one being the autonomic nervous system that controls involuntary bodily functions. Such as breathing, the heartbeat and the digestive system. This crucial network helps maintain homeostasis in our bodies. The autonomic nervous system sounds pretty important, right? Without proper balance in our system, a numerous amount of negative effects can be felt.
There are two divisions within the autonomic nervous system. There’s the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that prepares the body for stressful situations. Its functions serve to constrict the blood vessels, speed up the heart rate, and raise the blood pressure. Imbalance within the sympathetic nervous system can result in the following:
- High blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Dry eyes and dry mouth
- High blood sugar
The second part of autonomic nervous system is known as the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s the dual twin of the sympathetic nervous system and works to slow down the heart rate, dilate the blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and aids in the function of glands such as ones that produce tears or saliva. Imbalance within the parasympathetic system can result in:
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Watery eyes and watery nose
- Sinus issues
In simple medical jargon, the central nervous system is comprised of the brain and the spine. Think of the spine as like a railroad for nerve impulses, every train (aka nerve impulse) needs to be transported by the railroad to make it to the correct stop. Misalignments, subluxations, and issues with the spine can inhibit the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation, and therapies can painlessly correct these issues. One scientific study revealed that spinal or para spinal (meaning, adjacent to the spinal column) stimulation can result in better organized reflex responses of the autonomic system, which as a larger result can improve organ function.
If you feel like you’re out of sync and you can’t seem to find out why, it may be related to problems within the nervous system. Make an appointment with us. One of our expertly trained Chiropractors in West Volusia or in our Daytona Beach Chiropractic office will walk you through the steps to healing your body, getting back your internal rhythm.