Avoiding Spine, Nerve & Hormone Problems At Christmas!
Nobody wants to spend Christmas Day at the hospital or urgent care. The problem is, pain often shows up without warning. Injuries often come out of “nowhere”. As gradual stress builds up over the months of October through January, many people experience greater vulnerability to injury, stress and feeling out of sorts. Then, they lift a glass of eggnog and ZAP! OUCH! Seemingly out of the blue, spinal meltdown, and terrible holiday. You slept on a guest room bed and woke up with a neck problem….ZING!
If you “throw out your spine”, the nerves and your brain at the top of those nerves, are immediately affected. The area of the brain of particular interest is called the hypothalamus. With a neck injury, the “Vagus Nerve” is often involved, and vagus nerve function is related to hypothalamus function. These are a few things that the hypothalamus does:
The hypothalamus controls the following:
appetite and weight control
blood pressure and heart rate
production of digestive enzymes
and balancing bodily fluids.
WOW! Imagine the hormonal changes that take place when those hypothalamic functions are potentially compromised! What impact do you think an altered state of appetite and weight control, combined with holiday eating and drinking will be?
You may not have thought about your back flare up as affecting your sex drive, metabolism, sleep and balancing of bodily fluids, but all are important. Especially during the holidays.
Holiday misery is avoidable by maintaining your nervous system and spine with chiropractic adjustments. Don’t wait until Christmas Day to decide you should have your spine and nerves checked for vulnerability.