Your ability to adapt has been tested over and over in the past year. We’ve all learned that those who can adapt (in work, school, families, exercise, sports, clubs, etc.) WIN! Our ability to respond to changes effectively is what counts.
While these external tests and changes seem to have been accentuated over the last year, this is going on in our bodies CONSTANTLY! The body can adapt to its chemical, physical and mental environment. Because the external and internal environments are always changing, your body has to respond to maintain a stable physiological state. Your body’s ability to do this well is what causes you to be healthy. The better you can adapt, the healthier you are.
The good news for those of you under chiropractic care is that chiropractic helps the body adapt to both internal and external environments by taking pressure off of the nervous system. The nervous system is called the “master controller” system. It allows the brain to coordinate and communicate with every organ, tissue, and cell in your body. A healthy body and nervous system will respond to stressors and efficiently return to homeostasis. Chiropractic allows the nervous system to work better by decreasing interference in the pathway between brain and body. The example I often give to athletes is that if your muscle is about to tear, the golgi tendon organ that sits on your muscle has to deliver a message up to the brain to tell it that the muscle is about to tear. The brain will then send a message back down to the muscle to tell it to relax so that it does not get injured. An open communication pathway will relay the messages easier and decrease the chances of injury.
The goal and intent of chiropractic care is to achieve and maintain optimal nervous system function. Chiropractic puts you in a balanced state that increases the body’s ability to adapt, so the result of chiropractic care is the improved ability to adapt to the ever changing environment.