At Priestley Family Chiropractic, we must perform a thorough consultation and neurological exam before we can assess your stress. The consultation gives our doctors the opportunity to really listen and understand your specific problems and how they have affected your life. We can also capture critical bits of information about your condition that help us determine the cause of your stress.
The nervous system controls all of the other systems in the body. It interprets information and directs the body on how to react, whether moving a muscle or telling your body to release adrenaline and initiate your fight or flight response. We regulate emotions and behaviors by dispersing hormones such as serotonin, known as the “happy chemical.” If your nervous system is not functioning properly and sending the right signals, you may have insufficient serotonin and feel tired and depressed. Alternatively, if your body is stuck in “fight or flight” for too long, the prolonged surplus of cortisol can cause high blood pressure and keep you from sleeping. Your body has an innate intelligence to turn on or off “fight or flight”. However, if your nervous system is not functioning properly, you may find yourself stuck in this stressful state.
A subluxation, or misalignment of the spine, causes the nervous system to not function in its optimal state. When the spine is out of position, it puts dangerous stress on the spinal cord’s spinal nerves, which is your entire body’s intelligence pathway. Not only can subluxations cause sciatica and neck pain, but they can affect the proper functioning of the sinuses, thyroid, heart, lungs, digestion, bladder, etc. Subluxations affect the functioning of the entire body itself by lowering the state of your health. If pressure on a nerve comes from your neck, it will affect the functioning of the thyroid, which is a vital part of releasing the correct hormones.
Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained to locate and correct subluxations. Nerve studies indicate where there is nerve interference and will alert us to a subluxation that affects the functioning of your organs and glands. We also take x-rays to show us where the spine is out of position.