The nervous system is made up of two parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system. The spinal cord transmits sensory messages to the brain and motor messages from the brain. Sensory nerves carry messages from receptors to the brain. If you touch a hot stove, pain receptors on certain types of nerve cells tell your brain to move your hand. Motor nerves send signals from the brain to the muscles in the body. These nerves help us to do things such as walk, kick a ball or pick up an object.
The peripheral nervous system transports the messages between the central nervous system and the body. It consists of cranial and spinal nerves that carry messages to and from every sensory and motor nerve in your body.
Part of the peripheral nervous system is called the autonomic nervous system. The actions of the autonomic nervous system are well, automatic. Such as breathing, your heartbeat and digestion.
The autonomic nervous system is made up of the sympathetic system that alerts the body when there is an emergency or danger. When this happens, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises and your pupils dilate in what is called a flight or fight response. The parasympathetic system returns your body to normal once the danger has passed.
Chiropractic care is designed to restore the integrity of your nervous system so that everything works the way it’s supposed to. That’s why it’s vital to have your spine checked regularly for optimum health and well-being.