This post is the third in a series taken from the article by Keith Wassung entitled “Inflammation and the Healing Process”. This series focuses on Inflammation and the Healing process, Drugs & Inflammation, Central Nervous System & Inflammation and Inflammation and the Healing process: Conclusion. This week’s post looks at Central Nervous System & Inflammation.
Central Nervous System & Inflammation
The Central Nervous System controls and coordinates every single system down to the tiniest microbes in the human body including the entire healing and repair process. The CNS does this by sending and receiving billions of nerve messages every single minute. The health and internal resistance of the body is largely dependent on the communication ability of the nervous system.
Remember, if the nervous system is not functioning like it supposed to-healing will never be optimized or complete. This is one of the most important concepts that must be understood when attempting to resolve health issues.
The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capability of the central nervous system to send and receive nerve messages.10
-Journal of Neurological Science
Vertebrates achieve internal homeostasis during infection or injury by balancing the activities of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory pathways. Endotoxins, produced by all gram negative bacteria, activates macrophages to release cytokines that are potentially lethal. The central nervous system regulates systemic inflammatory responses to endotoxins through humoral mechanisms. Activation of afferent vagus nerve fibers by endotoxins or cytokines stimulates hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis responses.9
There are many factors which can contribute to chronic health conditions. A well documented, yet often overlooked cause is spinal stress, which can cause interference to the nervous system.
The nervous system is most vulnerable to interference at its protecting structure-the spinal column. The spinal vertebrae are susceptible to various stresses and forces which can jar them from their proper position.
These minor misalignments of the spine are called “vertebral subluxations”
The presence of vertebral subluxations can often be detected by an examination of a person’s posture. There is ample research which shows the relationship between poor posture and an improperly functioning nervous system which leads to health problems.
POSTURE & HEALTH
- Posture and normal physiology are interrelated.
- Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production.
- Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress-related illnesses.
- Homeostasis and nervous system function are ultimately connected with posture.
- Despite the considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence on posture is not addressed by most physicians. 11
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The beginning of the disease process starts with postural distortion.
-Dr. Hans Seyle, Nobel Laureate
Posture is the body’s response to natural forces of gravity and the stresses of daily living, whether standing, sitting, walking or reclining. With normal erect posture, the body is in a state of intrinsic equilibrium, maintained by minimal muscular effort.
Healthy posture is largely determined by three factors: skeletal structure, soft tissue integrity and neurological control. Breakdown in any of these components can result in subluxations, instability, weakness and loss of neurological control.
Up to 90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body to its gravitational field.
-DR. ROGER SPERRY, Nobel Laureate
9. Nature, May, 2000 “The systemic inflammatory response to endotoxins.”
10. Edwards, J. “Nerve dysfunction and tissue healing” Journal of Neurological Science, Aug. 1994.
11. Lennon, J. American Journal of Pain Management, Jan. 1994