What do you think of when I say, “achieving balance?” What does that look like to you?
I imagine some of you are picturing yourselves holding a yoga pose, on the beach, at sunrise, and there’s a big smile on your face and you’re ready to seize the day! While that sounds perfectly pleasant and Zen-like, chiropractors have a little bit of a different take on what achieving balance means from the perspective of your internal environment.
Balance within the body is known as homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s ability to maintain stable internal conditions even though the outside world is constantly changing around you. Communication within the body is essential for homeostasis, and is accomplished chiefly by the nervous and endocrine systems. What exactly is the endocrine system? The endocrine system influences many of the most vital functions of the human body. It consists of glands that secrete hormones, or chemical messengers into the bloodstream.
The hypothalamus, located in the brain, acts like a radar, by receiving incoming information from the nervous system, which comes directly from the spine. It then uses this information to produce hormones that either target a specific part of the body, or to target other glands to produce specific hormones for homeostatic regulation. Hormones are the body’s internal chemical messengers. They carry information that controls the function of almost all of the body’s cells and tissues.
Most hormones are controlled by a mechanism called feedback, which is similar to a thermostat in a central heating system. When a gland is working harder than the body needs it to, the system switches off; when the body needs the gland to speed up, the system turns on the switch again.
The hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain, acts as the mastermind that coordinates hormone production, producing regulatory or releasing hormones. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in our autonomic nervous system.
Input into the hypothalamus from the nervous system allows it to regulate and integrate heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, digestion, emotional responses, behavior, sex drive, body and skin temperature, appetite, thirst and body fluids, sleep cycles, metabolism, and much more.
I think we can all agree what an important job the hypothalamus has to do! The effectiveness of the hypothalamus is only as good as the capability of the nervous system to send and receive nerve messages, and especially to maintain the integrity of those nerve messages as they travel along the spinal cord.
When the body is in homeostasis and the internal systems are in balance, the precise amount of hormones are released into the bloodstream and things proceed smoothly, as one would expect.
But when the control system malfunctions — either too much or too little of a particular hormone is secreted, or when an organ or a tissue does not respond efficiently— the results can be severe and can result in numerous health conditions including thyroid disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, allergies, asthma, heart disease, and depression.
When the spine is in alignment and the spinal joints are moving properly, the integrity of nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain is at an optimum level. This is when the control system of the body can best achieve homeostasis. This restores the nervous system pathways to an optimum level of function, which maximizes homeostasis and the body’s inherent healing ability.
In fact, recent research published in 2017 has shown that when body balance is restored, the body enters a healing state. The study evaluated the effects of a Chiropractic adjustment using PET scan technology on 21 different subjects. The PET scan determined that brain function increased and stress levels decreased in every single subject.
Measurements also recorded the occurrence of multiple changes in brain activity. Movement, posture, emotions, learning, and memory centers of the brain all improved after the Chiropractic adjustment. Most importantly, this study showed that brain processing experienced a reduction in fight or flight activity and led to relaxation in the brain and reduced tension in muscles. Measurements also showed a decreased level of stress induced chemicals in the saliva.
The PET scan concluded that Chiropractic adjustments reduce stress by changing the brain! This study proves the positive impact made by regular Chiropractic adjustments on hormones, emotions, cognition, and memory. Because, you see, when the nervous system’s communication begins to normalize, the body can resume its natural path and strive for health.
Our bodies are inherently programmed to want to be in healthy state! The healing cycle elevates the immune system, increases blood and oxygen circulation and allows a deep sense of relaxation and comfort throughout the entire body. Simply put, a more optimum body performance is the result. I want to share another landmark study that was published in 2007 in the Journal of Human Hypertension.
They found precise chiropractic spinal adjustments were able to produce a reduction in both systolic (by 17mmHg) and diastolic (by 10mmHg) blood pressures that was sustainable over an 8-week period with “no adverse effects”.
That’s huge! For those of you suffering from high blood pressure, what would that feel like if you reduced your blood pressure by that much, without drugs? The evidence shows it would take roughly 2 blood pressure drugs in combination to get that kind of results. What a prime example of how chiropractic adjustments balance the internal systems!
When it comes to chiropractic’s impact on high blood pressure, I have a story to share. Mahatma Gandhi had been suffering from blood pressure problems for a few years prior to getting his first adjustment in 1942. After that experience, he actually paid the Chiropractor to come live with him for three months. His frequent adjustments over that 90-day period helped him overcome his blood pressure problems! Incredible results! The good news is, you can have the same great results achieving balance, or homeostasis, within your internal systems too!
If you have been searching for that balance in your body, and life, and it is important for you to be free of chronic diseases, I invite you to visit our office. Our team of experts will identify the systems that are out of balance through exams and even laboratory testing.
We approach the body from a holistic point of view to balance your entire body by eliminating stress in the spine with chiropractic adjustments, balance the muscles of the body through stretching and exercises, assess body composition, and calibrate the internal communication between the body and the brain with nutrition and supplementation.
We know you deserve to find inner balance in a drug-free, safe, and natural way! If you aren’t local, but are still very interested in seeing if chiropractic care will benefit you, please find a chiropractor near you.
If you know of a loved one that could use some advice on achieving balance within their internal systems, please share this video with them! As always, if you have any questions about internal balance or homeostasis, or just want to share your chiropractic results, please get in touch by contacting us online or calling us at (919) 926-8890.
Remember, if you want to achieve balance in your life, eliminate stress, and live at your healthiest potentional, it all starts with what’s on the inside!