How can a chiropractor influence my gallbladder, liver, heart or other organs?

There are many cases where a patient comes in for neck or back pain and leaves with relief of other physical issues like Asthma or Allergies. Here is an explanation of how chiropractic treatment can affect the whole body.

Every adjustment administered by a chiropractor influences the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). This system regulates everything in the body. All organs, immune system, blood pressure, breathing, digestion. This system works all on its own (autonomic) and does the functions that we don’t have to think about and manage. For instance, we aren’t telling our heartbeat when to happen each second.

According to the Merck Manual:

“Disorders of the autonomic nervous system can affect any body part or process. Autonomic disorders may result from other disorders that damage autonomic nerves (such as diabetes), or they may occur on their own. Autonomic disorders may be reversible or progressive”.

Is it connected to my intestines? Well, yes! It supplies all the internal organs including the blood vessels, stomach, intestine, colon, liver, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, lungs, eyes, heart, sweat and salivary glands and digestive track.

It has 2 main divisions:

1. Sympathetic
2. Parasympathetic

Each and every second our brain has to process what is happening in our environment and decide how it is going to react.
If we are scared, stressed or exercising, our Sympathetic (fight or flight) system kicks in. If we want to sleep or digest our food, our parasympathetic system overrides the sympathetic system. How we adapt and react to our environment is key to our health.

What else is the ANS responsible for?

It controls:

Blood pressure

Heart rate

Breathing rate

Regulation of body temperature

Digestion of food

Metabolism (thus affecting body weight)

The balance of water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium)

The secretion and production of body fluids (saliva, sweat, and tears)

Urination

Defecation

Sexual response

Many organs are controlled primarily by both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. Depending on the situation, the organ may act completely different.

Take the heart and lungs for example, the sympathetic division increases blood pressure and breathing rates and the parasympathetic division decreases blood pressure and decreases breathing rates. Depending on what the body needs the brain takes in this information and chooses which system to kick in more in order to ensure that the body responds appropriately to different situations and different bodily demands.

Generally, the sympathetic division is more of our primal system which is needed for stressful or emergency situations.

This system will increase heart rate and the force of heart contractions and widens (dilates) the airways to make breathing easier. It causes the body to release stored energy to be used for the act of fighting or flighting. Muscles are stronger, palms will sweat, pupils will get big to be able to see our surroundings better. It decreases the need for digesting food and urinating in the case of an emergency. Unless so scared it gets overridden and you urinate out of fear.

The parasympathetic division regulates most daily ordinary situations.

It conserves and restores. It decreases the heart rate blood pressure. It stimulates the digestive tract to process food and eliminate wastes. This energy is then used to help build tissue.

Since the ANS is the spine and brain, when adjusted we are putting an impulse in the spinal areas that have nerves that run to specific organs, muscles and glands. The brain takes that information and decides what system is going to be used for that area. This is how we can affect the whole body and not just deal with pain.

Note: this information can be seen in the Merck Manual which is used by the medical community as well, not just a chiropractic manual.

References: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/autonomic-nervous-system-disorders/overview-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system

Tylenol Or Ibuprofen Can Have Ill Affects On Lung Function

We all want to be out of pain.  A quick fix is to pop a pill and the pain will go away. Unfortunately, each time we tack a pill, it affects our body more than just taking pain away.

Below is information that shows affects that pain killers have on the whole body as a system, not as a symptom.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Use Associated with Asthma, and Decreased Lung Function:  An article published on May 3, 2005 Medical News Today reported a study that showed that Acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol, if used daily was associated with a greater prevalence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as directly related to decreased lung function. The original study was published in the May 1st 2005 issue of the American Thoracic Society’s peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers from Britain looked at data from a US survey involving 13,492 participants who were part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey which took place from 1988 to 1994. Participants in the survey were asked whether they had taken aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen during the previous month. The replies to the survey were then divided into “never users;” “occasional users” (1 to 5 times in the past month); “regular users” (6 to 29 times during the past month); and “daily users” (more than 29 times during the last month). This information was then compared to see if there was a correlation.

The researchers found that those who reported daily use of acetaminophen were nearly twice as likely as non-users to have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They noted that the results also showed that neither the use of aspirin nor the use of ibuprofen was associated with the prevalence of either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Researchers also noted that there was a direct relationship between an increase in asthma and a decrease in lung function, with an increased usage of acetaminophen.

In the published report researchers concluded; “This study provides further evidence that use of acetaminophen is associated with an increased risk of asthma and COPD, and with decreased lung function.” They noted that acetaminophen use can cause an increase in asthma risk with potential effects on the onset, progression, and severity of the disease.

http://www.chiropracticresearch.org/search-result.php?aid=1272