Fight or Flight
Many of us have heard of Fight or Flight and Rest and Digest. These are features of our Sympathetic Nervous System and our Parasympathetic Nervous System. The Sympathetic Nervous System creates the Fight or Flight effects. It pumps blood to your legs while closing down the blood to your organs. It makes your heart pump faster and your pupils dilate. Why? So you can fight or run when in danger. We don't face the same dangers today as our ancestors would have, but we have the same responses. Today our stress is kept high by bills and jobs.
Rest and Digest or Feed and Breed
The Parasympathetic nervous system often have the opposite effect on our bodies. It diverts blood back to our organs so we can digest food and filter wastes. It signals our bodies and minds to rest, to eat and breed. We cannot stay in Fight or Flight all day and so this part of your nervous system activates to bring down the stress. These two parts of your nervous system keep you in equilibrium, so you don't go too far in either direction.
Chiropractic is for the Nervous System
When you get adjusted, I'm working to stimulate the sympathetic and parasympathetic aspects of your nervous system to create balance and health. Chiropractic is about restoring balance to the nervous system so your body does what it's supposed to when it's supposed to. Chiropractic isn't just about making pain go away. It's about creating a healthy nervous system. For example, we were taught that throwing up and having a fever meant we were not healthy. It's actually the opposite. Throwing up and having a fever are healthy responses to the body being invaded by dangerous substances. It means you are healthy. Through chiropractic, we restore your body to healthy.