Feeling abnormal? Most healthcare providers use a normal versus abnormal comparison to determine health status and care options. The human body requires several things to work correctly: food, water, oxygen, sleep, and a healthy nerve supply. A healthy nervous system is not something to be taken for granted, although we often do. Lacking a healthy nerve supply can be fatal and, at the very least, cause abnormal function.
An example of this is Christopher Reeve, the late actor who was famous for playing Superman. He suffered a tragic neck injury while riding his horse. Following his injury, he was unable to use his arms or legs and required help with his breathing and eating. In his injury he did not injure his arms, legs or lungs. Instead, he severely damaged his spinal cord which communicates normal function to his organs and muscles. This disruption caused him to be paralyzed.
Most of us will never experience an injury of this severity. However, most of us will experience abnormal nerve function at some point in our lives. It is a myth that pressure and or tension on a nerve will always cause pain, although pressure or tension on a spinal nerve does cause a significant decrease in a nerve impulse and or loss of nutrition to the nerve. Loss of nutrition to the nerve can cause a loss in performance in the tissue at the other end. It can affect the way you walk, the way your heart beats, and the way you hear things.
Moving is essential to maintain healthy spinal joints and nerves. Make time for chiropractic check-ups and in between visits follow recommendations of exercises and stretching, much like you would with brushing and flossing your teeth in between dental check-ups.
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