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Chiropractic Neurology

side-view-spine-iStock_000019228225XSmallWe know the nervous system controls and coordinates every bodily function. It affects the digestive, endocrine, reproductive, muscular, and immunological systems. The nervous system includes two parts, the central nervous system (CNS) which includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system which includes all the other nerves that are outside the CNS.

For the nervous system to function optimally it requires 1) adequate stimulation and 2) proper fuel delivery (namely oxygen and glucose). If it fails to get either adequate stimulation or proper fuel delivery, aberrancy prevails. The aberrancy may be slight and subtle or can be gross. Problems that may occur include loss of balance and coordination, higher blood pressure or heart rate, muscle weakness, and poor digestion.

Chiropractic neurologists understand and embrace the principle of neuronal plasticity. Plasticity is basically something that can be shaped and molded and is dependent upon repetition and adequate stimulation. In as much the same way an actor rehearses, or a ball player practices, both are doing repetitive activities, to make them more efficient in their given fields. Repetitive activation causes protein replication which also strengthens the cell membrane and makes the nervous system more efficient. Chiropractic employs many modalities in providing adequate stimulation to the nervous system. This may include light, vibration, sound, exercise, soft tissue and osseous manipulation. Chiropractic care offers the greatest activation to the nervous system considering that the greatest number of receptors come from joint mechano-receptors. Many health challenges can be overcome or greatly improved by applying this principle.