Your nervous system, consisting of your brain, spinal cord and all your nerves, is the most vital system of your body. Its purpose is to coordinate and regulate all the other systems of your body as well as help you adapt to your environment. Just a few of the jobs it looks after, without a conscious thought from you are:
- Producing stomach acid after a meal
- Communicating with the immune system
- Increasing your pulse when climbing stairs
- Reducing your blood pressure when seated
- Learning to crawl, walk or ride a bicycle
- Producing pain when touching a hot stove
- Perspiring to cool you when it’s hot
Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Your DNA may determine your height or the colour of your eyes, but your nervous system controls and regulates how your body functions.
If your nervous system were to be impaired, interfered with or compromised so nerve messages to or from your brain were distorted, parts of your body may not work as intended. Stroke victims and those confined to wheelchairs are tragic and severe examples of this simple neurological fact.
That’s why the most significant parts of your nervous system are protected by bone. Your brain is protected by your skull and your spinal cord is covered by the moving bones of your spinal column.
Yet, even with this protection, interferences can happen. Especially along the spinal column. The most common (and overlooked) cause is stress.
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