Welcome to the second post in our series about subluxation and stress to the nervous system. Last time, we discussed the history of subluxation and outlined the contributing factors. If you missed the first post, you can check it out here. Today we’ll be discussing the issue of trauma and how it impacts the body both at the site of injury and in the nervous system.
The most obvious cause of stress to the nervous system is physical trauma. This is what most of us think when we consider visiting a chiropractor; physical trauma is often associated with obvious events such as car accidents, traumatic sports injuries, or lifting mishaps. It can also be associated with repetitive trauma, such as sitting with poor posture for many hours a day, factory or assembly line type work, and overuse injuries such as long distance running, swinging an object (tennis racket, golf club, baseball bat, etc.), climbing stairs, or technology use.
More direct physical trauma leads to basic injuries such as muscle strain, ligamentous sprain, and occasionally bony fracture. But it also impacts the nervous system; those same injured tissues receive and send input via nerves. That information is interpreted as pain, position, and tone. As a result, injury to tissue may alter how and what kind of nerve signals the brain receives but may also impact what kind of nerve signals the tissue receives from the brain. This effect is most pronounced in the spine, which houses the spinal cord and thus the communicating part of the central nervous system to the rest of the body.
As chiropractors, we focus first on the spine, as it is central to communicating all of the body’s messages to and from the brain. Correction of physical trauma requires removing interference via adjustments, calming inflammation when there’s too much, promoting healing to chronic injuries, and restoring the body’s normal patterns by promoting exercise and better regular motion. And as with all injuries, the biggest requirement is time. Although treatment may appear straight forward, everything done is aimed at rewiring the brain to its previously healthy state.
With that, we’ve covered the basics of the first of the “Three T’s,” trauma. Stay tuned for our next post in the series: Stress to the Nervous System – Thoughts.
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