Why is your nervous system important?

Why is your nervous system  important?

Nervous system 101 

33891023 - the human nervous system on a black backgroundMost people are vaguely familiar with the term nervous system.  Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and all of the nerves that come out from your spinal cord.  Those nerves extend out and connect to all of your organs, bones, muscles, and cells in your body.  Every single thing in your body is in communication with everything else thanks to your nervous system.

Your brain and spinal cord rest inside the bones of your skull and spine.  In their healthy state they rest in a relaxed position, with just the right amount of tone or tension.  Tone-tension is a very important concept.  Many people think that less  tone-tension is better but this is not the case.  If you don’t have enough tone-tension than you don’t have enough strength and stability, you are clumsier, floppier, slower and flatter.  If you have too much tone-tension you are tight, wound up, stiff and something could snap/break at any moment.  All tissues (spinal cord, muscles, organs, etc.) must have the “right” amount of tone in order to perform their functions appropriately.

Lets relate this to your spinal cord.  In its most optimal state of tone-tension it is able to relay messages back and forth between your brain and your body so that you can both receive necessary information from your environment and also take appropriate actions.  In essence so that you can be most responsive and adaptive.  Health is a state of responsiveness and adaptability.  In the case of either too much or not enough tone in your spinal cord, your nervous system cannot relay these messages appropriately, and thus your health begins to deteriorate.  As with all things when communication is impaired the system breaks down, so too with your body.

Getting the right tone in your  spinal cord

Stress, passion & life

So what creates too much tone or not enough tone in the spinal cord?

45856619 - portrait of stressed blond woman on white backgroundToo much tone is created when you can’t handle the circumstances of your life or you try to control-manage all of the details.  This is what people call stress and it creates hyper-vigilance.  These people often feel overly sensitive to life as they are in overwhelm.  They may feel everyone’s emotions, or only be able to eat certain foods, or need to be particular about their environments.  Sometimes they appear ultra functional.  Trust is  usually challenging for these folks and they may also use substances to calm down or “check out” so that they don’t have to feel as much.

bored ladyToo little tone is created when you lack passion and desire, or feel unworthy to be your unique expression of life.  These people often feel bored, like they aren’t enough and need to seek out more stimulus so that they can feel something, which makes them feel more alive.  Its hard for these people to take action, or have breakthroughs, they may feel awkward in movement, and their posture may be more collapsed and appear less confident.

I have found that most people have a combination of low and high tone in their systems.  Network Spinal Analysis specifically addresses spinal cord tension patterns in order to help create the most optimal tone in your spinal cord and nervous system.  It does this through gentle contacts that help your brain tune into your body and more efficiently regulate the flow of information throughout your system.  The benefits of optimal tone are an increase in presence, availability, communication, and health of your body-mind-spirit being.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado

How can such a light touch type of chiropractic (i.e. Network Spinal Analysis) help me?

 

I hear this question frequently, “How can such a light touch do anything?”  Typically after people receive one or two sessions they begin to experience just exactly how profound light touch Chiropractic is, but today I am going to demystify it for those who have never experienced it before.

Network Spinal Analysis works at the level of the spinal cord and effects nervous system function and communication.  Through thorough analysis of the body’s spinal-neural integrity systems from a skilled practitioner, the precise location is identified where the body says “yes, this is the spot to place a precise, gentle touch in order to make the most effective global response throughout my entire body.”

Now that may seem impossible to some but our body’s nervous system is actually wired for this degree of subtlety and communication.  Think of a time when someone gently kissed your neck at just the right time and place and how that gentleness created a response throughout your entire body.  At a neurobiological level that feeling creates a cascade of feel good neurochemicals (how your nervous system communicates) which promote health, enhance your body’s innate immune system, and produce feelings of overall well-being.  This is one of the ways that a light touch can create a global healing response throughout your entire body.

“In a system of considerable complexity (such as the human body and nervous system), there is a precise point where even a small amount of energy applied (light touch) brings about a major change.” ~Dr. David R. Hawkins

These gentle touches also cue your brain (particularly the frontal part of your brain) to pay greater attention to your body.  This is how healing becomes an inside out approach.  What I mean by that is that parts of your brain begin to “wake up” and create connections to parts of your body.  Sometimes these are parts of your body that hold tension or have pain, other times these are parts of your body that feel peaceful or experience bliss.  Often times when something hurts (or yes also when it feels too good) we tend to try and protect, guard or avoid feeling it in order to decrease what we believe will feel like greater pain (or joy).  What this effectively does is decrease the communication between that part of your body and your brain and you actually lose some of your internal resources for being able to heal and connect to that part of you.

For sustainable healing to occur you must be the one making the changes and connections from the inside.  Nothing done outside of you, to you, will create a lasting change.  Network Spinal Analysis in conjunction with Somato-Respiratory Integration helps you become more aware of you so you can make the necessary shifts from the inside.  Benefits of this type of care are:

    1. You become more aware of your body by enhancing neural communication to parts of your body on the inside
    2. Creates ease in your nervous system so that you can heal and grow instead of being in survival mode in your body’s communication system
    3. Develop new neural pathways and strategies to help you become more adaptable to life stressors and this creates greater health and well-being
    4. Feel more empowered in your ability to navigate whatever comes to you in life (including physical dysfunction, pain, disease or other everyday life events)
    5. Expand into versions of yourself that are more healed, whole and experience more joy and fullness of life expression

Sound good to you?!  Let’s get started!  I can’t wait to help facilitate you connecting to more of you and your self-healing and self-regulating abilities so that you feel more empowered in your health and your life!

Dr.  Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac