Nerve Energy: What is it?
At conception, a miraculous series of events unfold as you become you. The egg and sperm unite doubling their size from 2 to 4 to 8, and so on, until the first recognizable structure appears- the notochord. This notochord represents the primitive formation of your nerve system and from this structure all other structures, systems and organs form. Your nerve system conducts and directs this incredible life transformation, and, after you are born, the nerve system continues to be the communications center of your life and dictates your success or failure in adapting to your environment.
One of the primary functions of the nerve system is collecting information from your environment, processing it in your control center (brain) and responding with the appropriate action. For example, a car is speeding toward you- your eyes detect the event and relay the information to your brain and your brain sends messages to appropriate body areas that tell you to get out of the way. The same thing happens when you touch a hot stove. Your nerve system senses an event and your brain responds with survival recommendations. But, sometimes things go wrong and we don’t get the kind of response we want or the sensory information gets a little garbled. Why?
Nerves communicate with all the organs and structures of your body through a complex network of “wires” that start at the brain, go to a specific place and return back to the brain. In its simplest terms, you might say that this “wiring diagram” looks a lot like a safety pin, where one end of the pin represents the brain cell and the other end represents a tissue cell, connected on both sides by nerves. As long as the safety pin stays closed, there is normal communication between the brain cell and the tissue cell- the circuit is complete. When something causes the safety pin to flip open, like switching off a light switch, the loop between the brain and tissue is interrupted and the tissue cell no longer receives the information it needs to appropriately respond to the environment.
When subluxation exists, communication between the brain cell the tissue cell is adversely affected and normal communication, or function, cannot occur. To be the best you can be requires open lines of communication with your environment- so your body can accurately assess and respond to its environment. Chiropractic helps you achieve better balance by reducing or eliminating the barriers to normal nerve communication and function, resulting in a healthier you.