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Stressed or Lethargic

Stressed or Lethargic

Our body goes through various sign and symptoms such as panic attacks, anxiety, depression, dizziness. These are a sign of imbalance within the nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous system. This system controls your every day body functions. The well known sympathetic nervous system regulates the fight or flight. The opposite parasympathetic nervous system regulates rest and digest. Each of these systems constantly regulating each other to keep the balance. If one system gets predominant, then you start experiencing different signs and symptoms. I have a common list of situations causing symptoms, an illness that will experience. Most people have multiple combinations of health conditions that are going on, so it will not always be clear as black and white. This list shall give you an example and if you have any of the following lists and have questions about them, please contact our office at for more information.

People who have imbalances in these systems may have a clinic situation that may be helped with Chiropractic. In our office, we monitor these autonomic nervous systems and find a solution to create a balance between to the two systems.

Under Normal Circumstances, the Sympathetic Nervous System promotes the ability to be active and the defense mechanism of fight or flight.

Sympathetic Nervous System increases vigilance and arousal to quickly notice and respond to danger.

Symptoms: Hyper-vigilance; startling easily; nervousness; anxiety; fear

Illness: Chronic or severe anxiety; panic attacks

Sympathetic Nervous System increases blood pressure to get blood to the brain and vital organs

Symptoms: White coat high blood pressure

Illness: Hypertension, strokes from prolonged high blood pressure, heart disease; heart attacks

Sympathetic Nervous System increases heart rate to circulate fuel and oxygen to vital organs for activity and defense

Symptoms: Fast heart rate

Illness: Fast arrhythmia

Sympathetic Nervous System increases fuel availability (sugar, fats…) to the brain, muscles and other organs you need it during exercise and defense. Because insulin promotes food storage

Symptoms: High blood sugar; high cholesterol; low insulin

Illness: Type 1 diabetes, with increased risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease,…; hypercholesterolemia

Sympathetic Nervous System increases adrenaline to facilitate changes in blood pressure, heart rate etc

Symptoms: shakiness; palpitations; butterflies in the stomach; difficulty concentrating

Illness: chronic anxiety, panic, hypertension, and others listed here

Sympathetic Nervous System increases oxygen circulation to vital organs to provide fuel for activity and defense while decreasing circulation to non-vital organs such as skin, the extremities

Symptoms: Cold hands and feet; headaches

Illness: Peripheral neuropathy

Sympathetic Nervous System increases blood clotting, which minimizes blood loss if wounded during defense such as fight/flight

Symptoms: Strokes; clotting disorders

Illness: Strokes

Sympathetic Nervous System increases pupil size and peripheral vision to maximize awareness of sources of potential danger

Symptoms: Blurry vision when trying to focus on narrow vision

Illness: Prolonged visual changes

Under Normal Circumstances, the Parasympathetic Nervous System promotes the ability for rest and digest. Such as recover, digest, play, and create. The symptoms and illnesses include depression, weight gain, dizziness and lightheadedness, low blood pressure, low heart rate, fatigue, diarrhea.

Parasympathetic Nervous System decreases the clarity of thought as a part of a numbing process to avoid pain and overwhelming emotions.

Symptoms: foggy thinking, confusion, slowed thinking, difficulty organizing thoughts

Illness: depression, numbness

Parasympathetic Nervous System decreases blood pressure in times of safety, and decreases
it even further to save energy when survival is at stake.

Symptoms: low blood pressure; dizziness – light headedness

Parasympathetic Nervous System decreases heart rate, which is associated with the ability to feel calm, to bond, and to be in a relationship. In times of grave threat, heart rate is decreased further to save energy through a state of immobility.

Symptoms: slow heart rate

Illness: slow arrhythmia; sudden death; ventricular fibrillation

Parasympathetic Nervous System increases fuel storage (sugar, fats…) in the body, 
which serves as a reserve for times of scarcity. The Parasympathetic Nervous system promotes the secretion of insulin and makes tissues sensitive to insulin to promote the storage of glucose in particular.

Symptoms: low blood sugar; low cholesterol; high insulin; weight gain

Illness: obesity; hypoglycemia

Parasympathetic Nervous System increases oxygen circulation to non-vital organs in times of safety. Provides fuel and removes wastes from the skin, the extremities, the digestive tract, reproductive organs….; In times of grave threat, shuts down metabolism to save energy until the threat is gone. Some of these activities are similar to Sympathetic nervous system processes and may be difficult to differentiate.

Symptoms: difficulty thinking; increased or decreased intestinal activity (diarrhea; slowed gastric emptying)

Illness: peripheral neuropathy


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Healing from Within

Amazing Facts:new-cells-300x225

50,000 of your cells will die and be replaced with new cells, all while you have been reading this sentence!

Our bodies are recreating themselves constantly. We make a new skeleton every 3 months. Your skin is new every 5 weeks. The skin’s cells multiply every second to replace those worn away. A typical skin cell lives only 2 weeks. A typical cell in the lining of your stomach lives only a few days. Heart and brain cells apparently last a lifetime without reproducing.

The central nervous system is connected to every part of the body by 43 pairs of nerves. 12 pairs go to and from the brain, and 31 pairs go to and from the spinal cord. There are nearly 45 miles of nerves running through our bodies!

Messages travel along the nerves as electrical impulses. At speeds up to 248 miles per hour.

shutterstock_14167231-copyYour body has approximately 14 billion nerve cells and over 100 trillion other cells that provide the communication between all parts of the body.

The number of interconnections that can be made between each brain cell is equivalent to infinity, or the number 1 followed by 6 1/2 million miles of standard typewritten zeros.

A computer working at 400 million calculations per second, operating for one hundred years, would only accomplish what your brain can accomplish in a minute.

One human brain generates more electrical impulses in a single day than all of the world’s telephones put together.

The adult heart beats about 40,000,000 times a year. In one hour the heart works hard enough to produce enough energy to raise almost one ton of weight one yard from the ground.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot repair itself. Everything else in the body can self-repair.

Your ears and nose continue to grow throughout your entire life.

Your body has 206 bones, half of which are in the feet and hands.

The liver is often called the body’s chemical factory. Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions.

                                    How Does the Body Manage All of this?!

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Are you consciously controlling these physical processes or are they self-regulated by your body? What exactly is it that takes a turkey sandwich and turns it into hair cells, new skin cells, and fingernails? Chiropractors refer to this inborn, self-healing, self-regulating mechanism as Innate Intelligence. The word “innate” means inborn, so a child can have the same amount of Innate Intelligence expressing through their body as a Harvard Professor! The medium or pathway by which this intelligence travels from the brain to the rest of the body is the Nervous System. The nervous system acts as an “information superhighway”, allowing literally billions and billions of bits of information to travel from the brain to the body and vice versa.

This is not a highway that you would want traffic on. In other words, this is not something that you want interfered with in any way. How well your body functions is determined by the quantity and quality of your innate expression. Remember, the wrong message being transferred from one part of the body to another can be just as damaging as no message getting through at all! Our sole objective as Chiropractors is to keep the lines open and allow the “innate intelligence” within the body to express itself at the highest level possible! This is our noble mission here at our Chiropractic office.