While we do plenty of right by our bodies, they are also in a state of constant change. If we preform positive change and support, we endure proper nervous system function. Unfortunately, the average American lifestyle is full of stress which can lead to decline, breakdown, and destruction of the body, as well as the nervous system. Daily stresses can disrupt our structural frames; from work to play we demand sometimes too much from our bodies.
The three factors that we will focus in this pillar are stress, injuries, and chronic pain. One or all three of these perilous factors disturb the balance we have with our nervous system.
Three perilous factors that seriously harm our nervous system are stress, injuries, and chronic pain. Just one or all three of these factors disturb the balance we have with our nervous system. Not all is lost if you suffer from one or all of these factors, there is still a chance to “reboot” your nervous system and with a change in lifestyle, keep it balanced.
As for stress, recent studies – more than just a few – say that 85% of all diseases or illnesses are related to stress. 85% caused by stress alone! According to a survey, 14 million Americans suffer from anxiety, at least 30% of the population suffers from insomnia, and 90% of women over 30 suffer from some degree of hormonal imbalance.
Your nervous system responds to stress by increasing sympathetic nervous-system activity: hyperactivity, restlessness, muscle tension, cardiovascular stress – or intensified functions of the body. If stress is prolonged various hormones and glands are overworked and ultimately chemical waste is produced within your body. Waste causes degeneration of nerve cells, free radical damage throughout the body, and more hormonal imbalances.
Injuries or accidents that cause bodily harm can really hurt fyour nervous system quickly. The framework of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues that protect and support the delicate nervous system can become fractured, inflamed, over-stretched, torn, loosened, or simply pushed out of alignment. This can cause pressure or irritation.
The resulting nervous system dysfunction leads to altered nerve flow to certain areas of the body. Consider an old received 15 years ago, it could cause pain in your back when the weather changes, but did you think it could be the cause of your constipation? As an example, the different nerve flow leads to a change in function of the lower colon. The colon’s mobility is affected and it no longer performs its normal function leading to constipation. The injury needs to be treated in order for your nervous system and your body to be righted.
Pain that persists longer than it should is based on what we know about natural healing recovery periods associated with a particular disease or type of injury is called chronic pain. Pain perception involves the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The receptors and nerves of the peripheral nervous system convey messages to the brain – the central nervous system. When you touch a hot stove the peripheral nervous system is telling the central nervous system that there is pain going on using nociceptors (special receptors that transmission information regarding damage or trauma), the central nervous system reacts to this information by telling your hand to pull away from the stove.
Where persistent nociceptive signal transmission occurs, a wind up phenomenon induces an unhealthy change that allows pain signals to be transmitted more easily. This change may even hijack non-nociceptrive types of nerve fibers and have them transmit pain signals along with the fibers that are supposed to do the job. This is chronic pain and it can be a primary source of nervous system stress which can lead to other effects on the body.
But not all is lost! Your body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism – it is designed to heal itself, and you can help it by being well. If you are not well your body cannot do its job. Changes in lifestyle such as avoiding stressful situations and environments would be an excellent place to start.