Does the Nervous System Affect Inflammatory Conditions?
You may not know what the term “Autoimmunity” means, but I’m sure you know some of the diseases in it’s family. These include:
That’s right. Many of the chronic illnesses that we walk and run for every year have a very common factor. They all have roots in chronic inflammation. Inflammatory diseases are ones that are characterized by an immune system that is over sensitive, or is tricked into attacking the body that it’s supposed to be defending.
For many of the above diseases, the common route of treatment is to take medications that control the pain and steroid drugs which shut off the overactive immune system. While this strategy is effective for controlling pain, it can have consequences such as leaving the body vulnerable to infections, loss of bone density, and weight gain.
Is there a better way?
In recent years, research in the fields of neuroimmunology and neuroendocrinology have made strides to understand what is happening with these illnesses. Big words aside, it’s basically the study of how your brain interacts with your immune system and endocrine system. What they’ve found is that in many cases of chronic inflammation, there’s a problem in the relationship between brain function and body function.
Rather than going into the complexities of hypothalamic function signals to the pituitary and adrenal glands, or throw around jargon like HPA-axis, I like to use a simple analogy:
The city called Your Body:
Imagine your body was a city where everyone in the city was a law abiding citizen. Your brain and nervous system are like city hall, and your immune system is like the police department. In a well functioning city, city hall runs the police force well, and only criminals get locked up.
One day, a corrupt official starts running city hall and sends a message to start policing the citizens of the city. All of a sudden, the police officers that were looking to the outside to defend the city start arresting and attacking the citizens of the city.
While taking steroids and reducing inflammation are great short term approaches to getting a grip on autoimmune problems, treating the disease this way would be like taking the police officers out of the city.
The main problem isn’t bad cops, it’s to fix the governing structure that was causing the problem; the scrambled messages.
How do you unscramble those messages?
I’ve taken care of a large number of patients with multiple inflammatory illnesses ranging from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to rheumatoid arthritis and MS. While these conditions are certainly very complex, many people will respond beautifully when the function of their central nervous system is improved.
Most people have a thyroid or adrenal gland that is physically healthy, but the hormones they are spitting out are not controlling the immune system the way it needs. What’s often missed is the fact that these organs require proper signals and chemical messengers from the brain and the pituitary gland. This of course is dependent on healthy nervous system function.
Proper nervous system function requires structural symmetry of the head and neck. When the head and neck shift as is the case for Atlas Displacement Complex, the loss of symmetry causes the messages that go into the brain to be scrambled, and the brain gets imprecise information about the body.
Instead of treating symptoms of a bad organ, what many people need is to address the central nervous system and it’s control on all processes of the body. The nervous system in your body’s inner doctor, making sure every chemical message gets where it needs to, exactly when it needs it. With Structural based chiropractic, we make sure that your inner doctor is working the best that it can, so that you can heal yourself.