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What's The Deal With Anxiety And Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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After your first adjustment, our experience tells us there are three key benefits you might initially notice:

  1. Enhanced Sleep: Enjoy a deep and rejuvenating night’s sleep.
  2. Elevated Mood and Energy: Experience a noticeable boost in both your mood and energy levels.
  3. Improved Digestion: You may also experience a beneficial digestive cleanse.

Let’s focus on number 3, what does running to the bathroom have to do with Chiropractic?

If you have already visited a Chiropractor, and their education methods have alerted you to the power of the nervous system – then you’ll be well aware it is the master controller of the body. This system coordinates life within us, it is responsible for keeping the body self healing, regulating and functioning in a usual manner. I.e making sure everything ticks over as it should (think hormones, cell regeneration, recovery, immune function, gut health, mood, fertility, growth… everything)

When free of interference the nervous system will coordinate a body in a healthy and adaptable state, the longer you live like this the better.

However, when overwhelmed with the pressure of lifestyle stressors (birth being one of the first, antibiotics, diet, emotional experiences, and repetitive postures a close second) the nervous system simply cannot command health in the way it should. This could be symptomatic, or asymptomatic (with or without a physical sign).

Let’s have a look at this thermography scan

Temperature Balance 68The scan above tells us how clearly the nervous system is communicating out to the body, say the organs for example. We can see multiple areas of interference – colour alerts us to distortion and dysregulation within this system. The funny thing is that you can’t feel this. However, you may feel the accumulated signs of such dysfunction and cue the onset of symptoms.

So when are we getting to the bit about digestion?

Right now.

The body needs to digest in order to pull essential nutrients from the food we consume, excrete waste and provide a pathway for detoxification. All of this is under neurological control and forms part of our ‘rest and digest‘ pathways.

These pathways are in constant activation when our nervous system perceives safety and life proceeds as it should. This is most optimal following a chiropractic adjustment hence people often need the bathroom as a sign they are now regulating themselves better.

It makes sense that the nervous system must remain free of interference in order for the proper pathways of digestion to occur. So when we see a scan such as the one above, we know this system simply cannot proceed as it usually would, due to interference.

What’s not so obvious is how this may also affect mood.

Neurotransmitters are like little messenger vehicles that travel around the body carrying commands, or an instruction manual on how to think, act, move, regulate and feel appropriately. They form a link between the gut and the brain, connecting our physical and emotional body systems.

Have you ever felt so nervous that you have experienced butterflies in your stomach?

What about needing to relieve your bladder right before a big exam or sports event?

What happens in the brain directly affects the gut and vice versa. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter responsible for mood, cognition and memory. Over 90% of its production occurs in the gut.

Recently, one of our practice members mentioned their stomach feels “jolty” if they are overdue for their weekly adjustment. They had noticed a pattern of increased anxiety, more nervous feelings and less ease in daily life and they wondered how this related to their chiropractic care because they didn’t feel this way after an adjustment.

Chiropractic care
focuses directly on the nervous system and removes any interference to its normal function. Normal = optimal.

When we restore optimal function the body knows how best to regulate itself. We tend to experience more ease across many facets of life; mood and gut health are just two common examples.
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Normal does not equal chronic constipation, allergies, eczema, anxiety or depression, no matter how common these occurrences may be in our modern world.

When you work with the system that promotes life in its most optimal form, you start to see changes greater than you ever thought possible.

How amazing do you know you can be, if you’ve never had the nervous system state to experience it before?

Take a look at these more ideal scans

That’s the goal.

Your nervous system is your key to living a happy and healthy life.
Book your initial visit and scans here

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