A chiropractor specializes in correcting and realigning one’s spine. The spine is one of the most important parts of the body. Made up of many individual vertebrae, the spine surrounds and protects the spinal cord, which travels from your brain. Together, the brain and the spinal cord make up your central nervous system. This is the information highway of your body. Similarly, the peripheral nervous system is made up of nerves branching from the spinal cord to all parts of your body. As a whole, your nervous system is responsible for movement, speech, sensation, thoughts, and involuntary processes such as heartbeat and digestion.
The primary focus of the chiropractor is to keep that information highway running smooth, free of traffic jams. If any vertebrae are out of place or misaligned, that bone may cause a blockage. This, in turn, may have varying degrees of effect on the nervous system and the functions listed above: movement, speech, sensation, thoughts, and involuntary bodily processes.
When people think of symptoms that typify the presence of subluxation in their spine, they think back pain, headaches, numbness or loss of feeling, and decreased range of motion. But what about something as simple as digestion? Might your subluxation cause pain and discomfort in the stomach? Absolutely!
The reality is that your nervous system and your digestive system are closely connected. Whether you realize it or not, your nervous system is responsible for efficiently digesting the food you eat. Gastrointestinal issues are frequently associated with poor nutrition, including eating too much or eating the wrong kinds of food. But that’s not always the case. Occasionally, when our spine is misaligned, our digestive system may not work as efficiently as it should. Often, the misfiring of the nerves in our spine can prevent our body from absorbing some or all of the nutrients in the foods we eat. This makes them more difficult to digest, which may lead to gastrointestinal issues with symptoms such as cramps or general abdominal pain.
If you’re experiencing stomach troubles, you may not have to jump on that new diet just yet. It could be that your body is just processing your nutrition inefficiently. If that’s the case, see a chiropractor and explain your symptoms. Through a series of minor, unobtrusive spinal adjustments, they should be able to help restore full functionality back to your body. DiBella Chiropractic Center is located in Gastonia, NC. Stop by our offices or give us a call to make an appointment today!