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The Parasympathetic Nervous System

Posted by on May 11, 2016

rest and digestThe autonomic nervous system (ANS) is made up of two parts, the sympathetic (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous systems (PSNS). The ANS of the body basically controls the functioning of glands and organs within the body and it does this continuously and unconsciously. In this article we will discuss the parasympathetic branch and its roles and functions. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) takes care of “rest, digest and repair” activities, such as salivation, tears, sexual arousal, urination, digestion and defecation. These activities are complementary to those of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which activates processes associated with the “fight or flight” response. The PSNS originates from the central nervous system and exits from the upper spinal cord (medulla) as cranial nerves (oculomotor, facial, glossopharyngeal and vagus) at the level of C1 and from lower spinal nerves in the sacrum at S2-4. The first three cranial nerves mentioned control functioning associated with the face, eyes and glands but the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is unique. The vagus nerve travels into the thorax and abdomen connecting to the heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, gallbladder and gastrointestinal tract. Many researchers theorize that the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic (adjustments to misalignments of C1 and C2) are because of the anatomical relationship between C1 and the vagus nerve. Both the SNS and PSNS are essential to homeostasis (cellular balance) and proper functioning of the body. It is common for people to have imbalances in their autonomic functioning. For instance, living a busy life with a hectic schedule can lead to burn out from a chronically activated SNS. This can result in adrenal fatigue, lowered immunity and chronic disease. Similarly, the PSNSScreen Shot 2016-05-11 at 12.52.45 PM can become dominant from a lack of activity and stimulation and this can lead to lowered mood, weight gain and chronic disease as well. However, for many people living in Canada with busy lives the SNS becomes overly active, leading to an imbalance. An elevation in PSNS activity is desirable on a daily basis for activities such as digestion, regeneration, sleep and more. There are ways to stimulate PSNS with lifestyle changes and also with chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments of misaligned spinal segments have been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system by helping to down-regulate the SNS and promote PNS activity. Taking time to unwind, laughter, meditation and staying away from adrenal stimulants such as caffeine are other effective ways to elevate PSNS activity and lessen the impact of the SNS. A chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination and history to determine if there is an imbalance between your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. An imbalance such as this could be contributing to many health problems and can be restored to balance with chiropractic adjustments and other lifestyle changes. This balancing of the autonomic nervous systems and moving towards a state of homeostasis is why many people report greater feelings of wellbeing and less need for medication and surgeries when under chiropractic care. If you have any questions about this article or chiropractic care, you can call us any time at 250-592-5553. Sincerely, Cale Read More

Understanding Degenerative Joint Disease

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Degenerative joint disease causes a breakdown in the cartilage, which means that bones are more likely to rub against one another. What’s more, a loss of cartilage makes it much more uncomfortable to move around, as your bones are experiencing more of the shocks that would have otherwise been absorbed by cartilage. The end result can produce the most common symptoms of degenerative joint disease, including the following:
  - Pain - Discomfort in the joint - Swelling of the joints - Joint stiffness - Loss of motion - A crunching sensation in the joints (bones rubbing against each other) - Decreased quality of life   Surprisingly, research has shown that degenerative joint disease doesn’t have to be considered a “normal” part of the aging process. The following risk factors are more likely to increase your odds of suffering from degenerative joint disease: - Genetics, or family history - Lack of exercise - Being overweight - History of joint injuries If you carry any of the risk factors for degenerative joint disease, you don’t have to suffer or rely on over-the-counter medication to ease the pain. Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products. Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help ease the symptoms of degenerative joint disease.
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Degenerative joint disease (otherwise known as osteoarthritis) has long been considered a normal part of the aging process.  After all, over 20 million Americans suffer from degenerative joint disease pain – but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept the pain that comes hand-in-hand with osteoarthritis. This joint disease impacts the cartilage within the spine, joints, and anywhere else where bone joints meet. The cartilage is comprised of a springy soft tissue that’s designed to absorb everyday impact, much like the shocks on a car. Cartilage also helps the bones effortlessly slide against each other, which minimizes any discomfort or pain. Degenerative joint disease causes a breakdown in the cartilage, which means that bones are more likely to rub against one another.  What’s more, a loss of cartilage makes it much more uncomfortable to move around, as your bones are experiencing more of the shocks that would have otherwise been absorbed by cartilage. The end result can produce the most common symptoms of degenerative joint disease, including the following: - Pain - Discomfort in the joint - Swelling of the joints - Joint stiffness - Loss of motion - A crunching sensation in the joints (bones rubbing against each other) - Decreased quality of life Surprisingly, research has shown that degenerative joint disease doesn’t have to be considered a “normal” part of the aging process.  The following risk factors are more likely to increase your odds of suffering from degenerative joint disease: - Genetics, or family history - Lack of exercise - Being overweight - History of joint injuries If you carry any of the risk factors for degenerative joint disease, you don’t have to suffer or rely on over-the-counter medication to ease the pain.  Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help ease the symptoms of degenerative joint disease. Posture Pump® products can help sufferers increase their quality of life, as well as improve joint pain and discomfort.  What’s more, Posture Pump® products can help relieve pain associated with degenerative joint disease, including neck and head pain. Check out our products today to see which are recommended by doctors to treat and ease pain associated with degenerative joint disease.
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Spinal Nerve Compression: What Is It, and How Can It Be Treated?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

herniated disc image from WebMD.com
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Spinal nerve compression – otherwise known as spinal cord compression – is a condition that develops when there’s too much pressure being placed on your spinal cord.  As your spinal cord is comprised of a bunch of nerves that help pass information from your brain to your muscles, this means that the spine can be subject to nerve pain and discomfort due to injury, improper posture, or even the aging process. The symptoms of spinal nerve compression can be painful, and lead to a decrease in a person’s quality of life.  Some people may immediately experience symptoms, while others may not notice nerve pain or damage for several years.  Generally speaking, the symptoms of spinal nerve compression include the following: - Pain - Stiffness in the back, neck, or lower back - Burning pain, especially in the buttocks and legs - Tingling or loss of sensation in the feet - Numbness - Cramping in the hands and legs If you experience symptoms that include a loss of bladder control, severe numbness between the legs, and severe pain that makes it difficult to walk, it’s important to get medical attention right away (it’s recommended that you go to the emergency room). With regards to spinal nerve compression, the condition typically develops as a result of degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis.  This disease is usually thought to be a result of the aging process, but it actually can be a result of genetics, obesity, lack of exercise, and other risk factors. If left too long, spinal cord compression can only be treated via invasive surgery, which has high readmission factors.  That’s why if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s recommended that you seek out Posture Pump® therapeutic products first. Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products which can treat the most common symptoms associated with spinal cord compression and degenerative joint disease.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can ease nerve pain. Posture Pump® products can help sufferers increase their quality of life, as well as improve nerve pain and discomfort.  What’s more, Posture Pump® products can help relieve pain associated with spinal cord compression, including neck and back pain. Check out our line of back pain and neck pain treatments today to see how they can help treat and ease pain associated with spinal cord compression. Read More
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