The nervous system is the first system that develops in the womb. At the moment of conception, one cell from mom and one cell from dad come together to form this new single cell that becomes this unique child in the world—you.
This one cell divides into 2 cells, 4 cells, 16 cells, and multiplies into millions of cells in no time at all. In fact, the first neural cells begin to divide and differentiate between the two types of cells that form the nervous system (neurons and glia) at the 5th week of pregnancy. These cells become a system, your nervous system. It is the first actual system to develop in the body.
Together these cells are called the primitive streak. They are an elongated band of cells that forms along the axis of a developing fertilized egg early in gastrulation, or the early embryonic development. This primitive streak is considered a forerunner of the neural tube and nervous system.
This primitive streak becomes the brain, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves. The peripheral nerves begin to branch out and become the organs and systems in the body. Why is this important? Because this nervous system is the direct communication system for that baby in the womb and it stays that way throughout life.
While it’s extremely important in the womb, it’s also extremely important once the child is born. The nervous system helps the child adapt to the environment outside of the womb. The nervous system is key in bodily function and survival mechanisms such as going to the bathroom and crying to signal being hungry or tired. Through the nervous system a child learns to interact with the world.
In fact, your nervous system guides almost everything you think, do, feel, or say. It controls processes including movement, thought, and memory. And it’s the engine behind things you don’t even think about such as breathing, blinking, the regulation of your immune system, and the beating of your heart.
It is accurate to say that your nervous system affects every aspect of your health. Among those aspects is your senses and how your brain interprets the information you get from your senses, stress response, digestion, sleep, your healing process, and aging. It is literally the body’s command center. It is what allows you to experience life in the way that you do.
Through the process of the nerves receiving electrical signals from your environment and sending signals to the cells, muscles, and glands in your body, you are able to function. Think of it as your own personal IT—information technology—system.
We all live our lives through our nervous systems and adapt to life via our nervous systems until the day you die. The nervous system helps you adapt in the healthiest way possible based on your choices. So it’s important to keep your nervous system healthy through every phase of life.
Health and Interference
How do you keep your nervous system healthy? Maintain good posture and a healthy weight. Make sure the alignment of your spine and nervous system are kept in order. That’s where chiropractic care comes in.
Your nervous system can be interfered with. Common life occurrences can interfere with your nervous system and create blockages in your IT system. That’s called subluxation. You want to keep your spine free of subluxations so every cell in your body can operate at peak efficiency until your last breath. That’s what chiropractic care is all about—taking care of the most important system you have in your body.
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It is indisputable that a healthy nervous system is essential to a healthy long life. Everyone needs chiropractic. ~ Dr. Eric Plasker
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