What Is Dysautonomia & the Stress Response? How Does Chiropractic Care Relate?
In order for our bodies to be healthy and stay healthy, all systems must be working together in perfect harmony. The central nervous system plays in a key role in how our body systems communicate with one another. Composed of the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system can be further broken down into smaller subparts. One of these subparts is the autonomic system, which is responsible for all the involuntary actions our body does every day. Further broken down, the autonomic system is composed of parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. These two systems play an important part of our overall health and wellness, and each one has a specific function. The parasympathetic system is responsible for the “rest and digest” response. It is crucial to repair our body and promote long-term health and wellness. The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response that goes into effect when we feel threatened in some way. This stress response elevates the heart rate, increases sweating, and escalates blood pressure to prepare the body to respond to stressful situations. We need both of these systems at different times in our lives. But what happens when one isn’t working as it should? An imbalance between these two systems can cause chaos when it comes to our health.
Nervous System Dysfunction and Dysautonomia
Dysautonomia is the imbalance between the two subsystems of the central nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. With dysautonomia, the sympathetic system works on overdrive, overshadowing the parasympathetic system. This disorder is hard to diagnose alone and is often found in conjunction with other health concerns, such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. With dysfunction of these two systems come several health issues. Dysautonomia doesn’t allow the body to digest food properly, maintain a proper heart rate or blood pressure, or repair itself during rest. This negatively affects overall health and wellness by causing brain fog, extreme fatigue, spiked heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks, among other health issues. These symptoms are cause for concern and should be addressed, and a Cape Coral chiropractor can help.
Chiropractic Care for Dysautonomia
Dr. Omar Clark of Experience Family Chiropractic specializes in the central nervous system and its health. Because dysautonomia is a dysfunction within the central nervous system, a Cape Coral chiropractor can help. Spinal misalignments are the root cause of nerve interference and dysfunction, including within the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Clark will remove interference, allowing the body to communicate properly once again. This addresses the dysfunction within the body and can correct the imbalance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems. The central nervous system will once again function as it should for optimal health and wellness. If you are experiencing dysfunction within the body, turn to Dr. Omar Clark of Experience Family Chiropractic for relief and long-term health and wellness.
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