Pain is usually the last thing to show up after the problem a been there, and the first thing to go away before the underlying problem is corrected. It’s crazy, but the reality is that the majority of all diseases that are the top killers in the US are considered “Silent Killers” because typically we don’t feel disease until it’s in it’s end stages.
The main point to always remember is that, like cavities or high blood pressure, problems can occur before symptoms arise. The spine and nervous system are no different. Chiropractors can assess, address, and reduce stress in the spine and nervous system before they cause pain and symptoms.
Feeling vs. Function
There are 3 parts of the central nervous system:
- Motor Nerves
- Autonomic Nerves
- Sensory Nerves
Motor nerves control the muscles and can affect weakness, spasms, fatigue, and tightness.
Autonomic nerves control the blood vessels, organs, and glands. They affect sinus and allergies, low energy, digestive problems, and breathing problems.
Sensory nerves communicate sensations in the body like posture, pain, and temperature.
NOTE: Sensory nerves are only a small portion of the central nervous system, so it is important to get regular adjustments to help support motor and autonomic nerve health, not just sensory nerves. Remember, nerve tension can exist without pain.
We tend to judge our health based on how we feel, not on our body’s function. This makes sense, because most of our body’s operations occur on the unconscious level. Ninety percent of our nerve system, which controls our bodies, is unconscious. Only ten percent of our nerve system communication ever reaches the conscious, thinking brain. It’s no wonder that conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and spinal degeneration take years to develop, before we ever notice a symptom. If our body let our brain know 100% of what was going on at any given time, we would go crazy from the information overload (and you thought internet searches were overwhelming).
We are used to getting our blood pressure checked, getting screenings for cancer, and brushing our teeth to prevent cavities. We also live in a technological society, and expect technology to play a significant part in health care. Non-invasive technology like thermography and sEMG can provide objective, multidimensional measurements of the function of the nervous system. You can have your nervous system screened for signs of malfunction, and address problems in the early stages, before they develop into chronic debilitating conditions.
To get your nervous system screened, ask your local chiropractor if they can “scan” you. If they have the technology, the tests will take about 15 minutes. Wouldn’t you want to know how your body is functioning, not just how you’re feeling?