Our nervous system plays a vital role in our overall well-being. It is responsible for transmitting signals between our body and brain, ensuring our bodily functions work properly. Your nervous system is complex and essential. Your brain, spinal cord and nerves, make up your nervous system and are constantly at work.

Your nervous system  has two components, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system. Your brain and spinal column make up the central component. The nerves that branch from your spinal cord into your arms, legs, torso form the peripheral component. The peripheral nervous system consists of two main parts: the autonomic (ANS) and somatic nervous systems (SNS).

The Autonomic Nervous System

The ANS is automatic as it functions without conscious thought. Glands and organs are regulated by this system: your heart beats, lungs breathe and your guts digest.

The ANS has two branches, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic system is referred to as the fight or flight or stress response. When activated your body prepares for survival.

The parasympathetic nervous system is the rest and digest system, when activated energy is free for health and healing.

The Somatic Nervous System

The SNS is the part of your peripheral nervous system that controls skeletal muscle function and enables voluntary movement. It’s what allows you to kick your leg and scratch your ear. This system allows us to see, heart and feel by sending signals from our eyes, ears and skin.

Chiropractic and alternative therapies can naturally support and improve the condition of our nervous system.

Chiropractic Care

Our goal is to ensure your spine and nervous system is functioning as well as possible. We look for areas in your spine and musculoskeletal system that arent working as well as they can and could be causing interference to your nervous system. We use a number of different specific techniques to help make positive changes to your breathing and heart rate, and how your body and brain communicate.

These changes might encourage relaxation, boost muscle control and strength, reduce pain and inflammation, improve balance and coordination, and reduce the risk of injury.

Reflexology: Finding Balance Through Your Feet

Reflexology is a massage therapy practice that focuses on applying pressure to specific points on the hands, feet or ears to stimulate the nervous system and promote relaxation. By targeting these reflex points, which are believed to be connected to various organs and body systems, reflexology can help restore balance and optimise the functioning of your nervous system. Reflexology may help to reduce stress, improve sleep and enhance overall well-being.

Acupuncture: Harnessing the Power of Energy Meridians

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points along energy meridians throughout the body. By doing so, acupuncture aims to restore the flow of energy, known as qi, and aid in healing.

One of the significant benefits of acupuncture is its ability to support the nervous system. It can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and improve neurological function by stimulating the release of endorphins and enhancing blood circulation.

Yoga and Stretching: A Mind-Body Connection

Yoga and stretching exercises can help improve flexibility and relieve muscle tension but also have a positive impact on the nervous system. By combining postures, controlled breathing and meditation, yoga helps reduce stress, promote relaxation and increase body awareness. Specific yoga poses, such as forward bends and inversions, can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s rest-and-digest response and can help calm the mind and ease anxiety.

Shiatsu: The Art of Finger Pressure

Shiatsu is a Japanese massage therapy that uses finger and palm pressure on specific points along the body’s energy meridians. This therapy aims to balance and restore the body’s energy flow, supporting the nervous system’s optimal functioning. Shiatsu may alleviate tension, reduce stress and promote relaxation, all of which contribute to an improved nervous system.

Incorporating some of these therapies into your regular self-care routine can significantly improve the wellness and vitality of your nervous system. Whether through chiropractic care, reflexology, acupuncture, yoga and stretching or shiatsu, these therapies provide natural, holistic approaches to supporting your body’s intricate nervous system.

Nurturing your nervous system can ensure better overall wellness, improved stress management and a more balanced and harmonious life. Get in touch with Tweed Coast Chiropractic to learn more about our additional therapies.