Chiropractic care and the health of the nervous system.
Chiropractic care focuses on the wellness of the nervous system. The nervous system provides electrical signals to the brain about pain and sensation and is also responsible for coordinating the movement of the limbs. Ensuring that the nervous system can function at its optimal level without obstacles of pain is necessary for a good quality of life. Having a healthy nervous system translates into being able to do and participate in the activities that one enjoys without having to think about it. If there is a nerve trapped by nerve impingement, inflammation and edema putting pressure on nerves, or displaced nerves due to misalignment in the spine and joints, then discomfort and pain become evident during movement.
The nervous system, physical activity and exercise.
Physical activity and exercise are key components for overall health. There are many benefits for increasing physical activity and exercise, including an improved concentration, a lowered resting heart rate, better sleep, decreased symptoms of depression, and stronger bones. It is also a proven mood booster. Physical activity stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, which leads to more feeling of positivity and relaxation.
The nervous system is intimately entwined with the musculoskeletal system. Nerves provide sensation to muscles, which are supported by bones. If any of the soft tissues, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, or fascia, are out of balance, it is possible to feel strain and pain when increasing physical activity. This can result from poor posture or form, musculoskeletal imbalances, repetitive stress, or acute injury. Soft tissues injuries can arise and accumulate, and when not addressed, can become pervasive, chronic problems.
How chiropractic care can help.
When making exercise and physical activity a priority, whether it is to lose weight, build muscle, or become stronger, it is important to pay attention to pain and discomfort within the body. The “no pain, no gain” mantra is a fallacy. There is a difference between muscle fatigue and injury. Chiropractic care can help by addressing musculoskeletal imbalances before they present symptoms as well as helping to treat soft tissue injuries, while restoring function and teaching tactics that will inhibit further injury.
Functional Movement Screening consists of a ranking and grading system which consists of various movement tests that requires a balance of mobility and stability of the body. The chiropractor will be able to identify and assess sites of musculoskeletal imbalance and neurological dysfunction and provide a personalized plan for balanced and pain free movement. Further, the chiropractor will help the patient to target weakened areas and prescribe stretches and exercises designed to strengthen those areas and bring muscle groups into balance in terms of strength and function.
Soft tissue injuries are also treatment by chiropractors by using a variety of techniques that are individualized to the patient’s needs. One of these methods is Active Release Technique, or ART, which is the gold standard of soft tissue treatment. ART consists of the chiropractor identifying an area with accumulations of fibrous adhesions, which reduce blood flow and can put pressure on the nerves, causing pain and discomfort. From there, the chiropractor will use focused, manual pressure to send the adhesions back into circulation, freeing the soft tissue to resume its natural shape and contribute to positive movement.
The chiropractors at SF Custom Chiropractic are committed to helping each of our patients reach their unique health goals safely and comfortably. If you are focusing on physical fitness and exercise and want help in keeping your body healthy as you work on increasing your strength, call our office at (415) 788-8700.