Stresses are changes isn your internal or external environment that require changes in your body in order for your body to adapt successfully. What makes adaptation to stress possible? Gray’s Anatomy says that “it is the purpose of the brain and nervous system to control and coordinate the function of all the tissues and organs of the body and to adapt them to the environment”. Adaptation is possible because toy have a nervous system.
Let’s use a simple example of a change in your environment. Imaging walking into a very cold room. How does your brain become aware that the temperature is suddenly very cold? Sensory nerves signal the brain of the temperature change, and your brain analyzes and processes this information. Is the cold temperature a potential danger to your health and survival? Of course, we all know about hypothermia. The brain sends signals through your autonomic nerves to the glands of the skin to produce “goose bumps” which insulate your body from heat loss. The brain also sends signals through your motor nerves to your muscles to produce shivering which produces heat. The nervous system responded to the stress of cold and adapted by providing mechanisms that would ensure the health and survival of your body.
What is Your Range of Adaptability to Stress?
Dr. Hans Selye, a pioneer of modern stress research, explained that we each have a range of adaptability to stress. Our ability to adapt to stress is managed by our nervous system, even though we may be born with an inherently wide range of adaptability, that range can become narrowed. If our nervous system is disturbed by subluxation, our ability and potential to adapt to stress is diminished progressively.
Subluxations: If Left Uncorrected Have Devastating Effects on Our Health!
We learned with the first component of the chiropractic paradigm that the body is a self-healing organism. In the next component, we discovered that our nervous system is what is responsible for the function of every cell, tissue, and organ in our body. In the third component of the chiropractic paradigm, we find that subluxations damage the ability of our nervous system to communicate properly. The fourth component teaches us that the interference to the nervous system from subluxations is devastating to our health potential, even life-threatening.
The nervous system, when interfered with, begins a progressive downward spiral regarding our health and well-being. When our nervous system is sublimated it no longer has the ability to respond appropriately to the environmental stresses we place on our body. Subluxations may lessen our body’s ability to perform at every level, our immune system may be hampered, our emotional stability becomes fragile, our mental clarity may be cloudy, our organs may not function properly, and sometimes even fail. Our strength and coordination becomes weak and clumsy, and even our genetic expression may be damaged. If this isn’t bad enough, subluxations continue to worsen over time as our body slowly deteriorates. Recent studies confirm our worst fears about subluxation.
Subluxations have become known as “the silent killer” because of how they destroy our health often without symptoms. Every man, woman, and child should be checked for subluxations and possible nerve interference! When was the last time you and your family were checked for subluxations?