Nervous System

Your nervous system does not merely control whether you feel nervous or not. It might sound like a part of the body which controls moods or confidence, and in some ways it does affect these elements of your life, but it’s so much more.

Your nervous system is a communication channel between body and brain integral to emotions, senses, and motion. Damage to the nervous system threatens the center of your physical being.

A Bundle of Nerves

When one is jumpy he is described as a “bundle of nerves.” Every little sound or touch makes him jump or even scream. Your body really is a collection of nerves and many other parts, but they are not bundled together or jumbled in one place like a bowl of noodles or tangled Christmas lights.

An intricate highway of nerves runs the length of your body between brain and spine. Its parts are known as the central nervous system, brain stem, cerebrum, cerebellum, and spinal cord. Different areas of the brain automatically control various functions of the body such as smell, touch, hearing, sight, and taste. Certain parts affect how you move, breathing, and emotions.

The Nerve Cells

These are known as neurons; a little like blood vessels, only sending messages through the body, not oxygen. Look even more closely at the nervous system and the minute neuron can be broken into even tinier parts, invisible to the human eye but visible under a high-powered microscope.

From the human point of view, this entire system operates invisibly but it’s always busy keeping you alive. You don’t have to think about most of the things you do like breathing and smelling because a healthy, functioning nervous system does that for you.

Spinal Cord Information Interruption

If some part of your body feels pain or numbness for no apparent reason, this could be a result of interruption to nervous transmission. The most likely reason is that nerves are being pinched. Pinched nerves are created when vertebrae clamp down on a part of the spinal cord because they are compressed. The result could be felt in an extremity but not discernible in the spot where your injury is taking place.

Since the nervous system is your information highway, a pinched nerve can affect anything: breathing, sight, or control of muscles. That’s one reason why pills don’t necessarily work to relieve pain or why patients should not explore the analgesic option first after suffering an injury following a sporting event or a car accident. It’s better to look for the source of your pain and start there.

How to Relieve Spinal Cord Problems

One way to relieve a pinched nerve is to visit a chiropractor. This individual specializes in skeletal health, particularly the spine. A single treatment could open up the vertebrae in question and release the spinal cord, causing problems to cease instantly. With some adjustments to daily life (changes to posture, sporting choices, or weight), the benefits can be maintained long term.

Some conditions require regular attendance at the chiropractor’s office (migraines or whiplash, for example) and certain conditions don’t respond to treatment of this kind. Vertebrae might be fused or laser treatment might be preferred to break up scar tissue. Osteoporosis must be handled with care. Physiotherapists specializing in senior care recommend gentle exercises for individuals with osteoporosis and other conditions related to aging which safely help to maintain and even extend mobility.

What Causes Problems in the Nervous System?

What else could be at work here? Keep a diary of your symptoms before approaching any health care professional. This will help him to determine what sort of direction to take and allow for swift action.

Can you still see, smell, hear, taste, and feel the way you used to? Are you having trouble remembering things regulating your movements? Do you drop items all the time because of numbness? Where is the pain if you feel any pain at all? Are your legs jumpy?

You could be suffering from a circulatory problem if extremities are always cold or you get dizzy. There could be an issue with anxiety contributing to breathing problems like hyperventilation. Other concerns might be Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease. Your brain could be fighting an infection or you might be suffering from another serious illness.

If something is pushing on your spinal cord but vertebrae are not to blame, a doctor will call for tests and search for signs of cancer. Stroke affects memory and motion: you might have had a minor stroke without realizing it had happened.

Lifestyle choices impact your nervous system too. Obesity reduces circulation and mobility and also puts pressure on the spine. If you are overweight, you might experience numbness in extremities because of this pressure and lack of blood circulation. Posture, control over urination, healthy breathing, and other aspects of life are all negatively impacted by obesity and also by an inactive lifestyle.

Nervous System
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Jana Evans

Janet Evans is our resident Health Nut and aspiring chef. She can shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's with her eyes closed.