It surprises many to learn that they have an enteric nervous system. Have you heard of it? It controls and regulates the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon and has five times the number of neurons as your spinal cord.
Probably one of the greatest myths about chiropractic care is that, once you go, you have to go for the rest of your life. Of course, this isn’t true. However, we do have patients who plan to see us regularly for the rest of their life.
So what gives?
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Use it or lose it.” It’s especially true when it comes to joint function.
You’ve darkened your bedroom. It’s quiet. You’ve set the temperature to a comfortable 68 degrees. You’ve avoided eating or exercising before bedtime. You get adjusted regularly to quiet down your nervous system. You’ve avoided the blue light emitted by your digital device. It’s time to fall asleep.
When we explain that physical, chemical and emotional stress is the underlying cause of subluxations, many wonder how emotions can cause spinal misalignments. Yet, our language reveals some common connections.
Do you have a go-to remedy for whatever ails you? Medication? It’s estimated that around 100 million prescriptions are written per year. Talk therapy? Nearly one in four women over the age of 50 take an anti-depressant drug. Over-the-counter pills and potions? These strategies only mask the underlying issue and come with huge risks.
You may believe that everyone gets headaches. After all, they’re normal, right? Some are dull; others are throbbing. Some occur on only one side; others produce nausea or light and sound sensitivity.
The sun has gotten a bad rap over the years. Dermatologists mean well when they say you should never expose yourself to direct sunlight. Their focus has been helping you prevent skin damage and cancer. But, there’s another side to the sun exposure equation. A healthy side. It’s called the “Sunshine Vitamin,” aka vitamin D. Vitamin D is profoundly important to optimal health. Although it’s called a vitamin, it’s actually a steroid hormone, and it can only be derived from the sun, food and supplementation. Your skin produces it in response to UV radiation. Because almost all human cells have vitamin D receptors, its absorption effects the entire body. Vitamin D is essential in preventing:
The intervertebral disc is a special type of cartilage found between each of the 24 bones of your spine. Bands of fibrous tissue surround its jelly-like center. The disc provides space so pairs of nerve roots can exit the spinal cord from between each spinal bone.
Living in a world awash in technology can make life easier in some respects, but it can also be enslaving and detrimental to health and relationships. Whether we spend hours texting and tweeting or surfing and gaming, tech time can potentially become addictive.