Have you ever taken the time to consider how truly amazing our bodies are? Brain cells begin to form as early as three weeks after conception and multiply more rapidly than any other body cell. The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has to control and coordinate every other system and function in the body, while at the same time maintaining a constant state of balance so that we can thrive. In a perfect world this would be an easy task; however, life stress can often impede the process. For example, have you ever noticed that decision making and concentration is more difficult when you are particularly stressed out?
Let me break it down for you physiologically:
When your body goes into a sympathetic (fight or flight) state your nervous system intuitively knows to redirect blood flow to your arms and legs so that you can get away from the stressful situation. As a result, the majority of blood in the brain goes from the cortex (the part of the brain required for rational thought) to the brainstem (the part of the brain that uses mainly primitive reflexes). On the other hand, when we are in a more relaxed or parasympathetic state more oxygen via blood supply is directed to the higher thinking centers of our brain (those responsible for rational thought and concentration).
When the body achieves balance (or homeostasis), we spend the majority of our time in a restorative and adaptable state. This will help us successfully manage what life brings our way. Sounds great doesn’t it? So how do we get there?
Here are some suggestions:
1 BREATH- “When breathing is soft, calm and rhythmical, body, mind and spirit follow suit, leading to a softer, calmer and more peaceful way of being and moving through the world. In fact, in order to balance on one leg, or walk on a balance beam or tight rope, one needs to first begin with soft, calm and rhythmical breathing. Balance, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, begins with the breath.”(Cindy L. Glanville MSW, CSW)
2.Yoga/ meditation-this is a great way to balance mind and body, as well as increase physical fitness.
3. Eat good food-everything that we put into our body has an effect on our overall health and wellbeing. When we put into our bodies foods that are inappropriate, they become a chemical stress on the nervous system which will only lead us further away from balance.
4. Laugh-studies have found that laughter can heal the heart, decrease blood pressure, improve recovery times and much, much more. If you want to live a balance and healthy life, finds ways to laugh more often.
5. Exercise-maintaining good physical fitness and proper muscle balance helps to increase energy levels, prevent injury, increase immune system function and decrease anxiety levels.
6. Find a good health care team-finding a good health care team that will support your endeavors to find balance and create health and vitality is also important. Life is cumulative and everything that we have experienced has had an effect on our current level of health. Part of finding balance may include identifying areas of stored tension in the body and working towards changing that pattern.
On a personal note:
Many parents have commented that their child seems to pay better attention and focus more since they started getting adjusted regularly. This makes perfect sense to me. A Chiropractic adjustment will help to put the body in a parasympathetic state, facilitating a more mindful and relaxed mood. Children have nervous systems too. The early years of development are a time of rapid growth as the developing nervous system works to assimilate all of the information that it is receiving. Why not support this process by allowing the body to return to a more restorative and vital state?
With love, Dr. Warner