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Don't forget about your nervous system health

Since 1948, the World Health Organization has defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

To take that a step further, health isn’t the absence of obvious symptoms, either.

Last week, we talked about Ottawa Senators head coach Brian Murray. He may have had colon cancer for upwards of a decade before the symptoms became evident. By that point, the cancer had reached Stage 4 and spread to other parts of his body.

There are plenty of diseases that can lurk unseen for years before they’re noticed, without proper medical screening. That’s why doctors urge people to get tested for colon, breast, and prostate cancer. It’s why hypertension (chronic high blood pressure) is called the “silent killer.”

Other diseases can also creep up on us, such as heart disease, diabetes, and encephalitis (viral or aseptic inflammation of the brain).

The most common risks we face as an aging and sedentary population arise from the “lifestyle-related” illnesses – diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. This is no secret. Health professionals warn us of these risks all the time, and of the need for regular checkups and screenings as we age and our risk factors rise.

What about ‘nervous system disease?’

But how often are we warned about the risks of “nervous system disease,” from a poorly functioning nervous system?

After actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed during a horse riding accident, he suffered a number of secondary health issues related to his paralysis and the damage to his spinal cord. His is an extreme example, but it does demonstrate how a spinal cord in distress does impact the healthy function of other parts of the body.

And yet, many of us are walking around, complaining of stiffness, fatigue, pain, loss of mobility, and other symptoms that point to a spine/nervous system in distress. And just like with any of those other diseases, the problem was there and growing worse before the symptoms became evident.

Few of us endure a situation as dire as Reeve did, but it only takes a glance at an x-ray to see how a neck or back that is out of alignment can affect the nervous system.

We see the beneficial side effects all the time

Health professionals from other disciplines sometime question the assertion that Chiropractic care to realign your spine can help alleviate other health issues. And yet, the evidence is there, in the documented cases of our patients and others.

Time and again, we’ve had patients who have enjoyed substantial relief from conditions that include asthma, chronic fatigue, numbness and tingling, headaches, and gastro-intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease. In many of these cases, engaging in regular Chiropractic care has been the single most substantial change in their lives and habits.

We’re not making rash claims that restoring your spine to a healthy alignment will alleviate all conditions such as these that you may have. But we firmly believe there is ample evidence to conclude that a spinal cord in distress is going to impact the healthy function of other systems in your body.

Prevent traffic jams on your information super highway

The spine is, after all, the chief conduit, the information super highway, through which your brain controls every aspect of your body.

And of course, don’t forget the direct and obvious consequences of a misaligned spine that we can address – pain, stiffness, headaches, lost mobility, etc. As the x-rays show, persistent and untreated issues with your spine lead to arthritic degeneration of vertebrae and discs that is not reversible.

So don’t wait – just like getting screened for cancer, high blood pressure, or heart disease, get your spine checked by a qualified Kanata Chiropractor and be sure that you don’t have a problem that is quietly eroding your overall health and wellness. Remember, Chiropractors are primary caregivers – you don’t need a Medical Doctor’s referral to come see us. You can walk in and book an appointment at any time.

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