Until having been diagnosed with osteo-athritis I did not pay much attention to the connection between spine and nervous system.
A large portion of your nervous system passes through your spine. As the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the human body interference with the nervous system affects not only main body functions but also how you adapt and cope with your environment. Misalignments within the spine can therefore cause great havoc to your nervous system. This may adversely affect the function of various parts of your body, and ultimately your health.
For example subluxations (misalignments of one or more vertebrae) at the top of your neck (one of the most important areas of the spine because much of the nervous system passes through this vital point) can not only result in headaches and sinus problems but due to its close proximity to the brain, they may also negatively affect a large variety of body functions.
Some examples of what nervous system interference can result in:
-Body is in “emergency mode” as opposed to “relax and repair mode”
-Respiratory system is impaired
-Stress response gets easily triggered
-Impaired nerve functioning
So what to do about it?
For long-standing issues it might be good to get an x-ray to determine the exact location of the spinal issue and then see a good Chiropractor, Osteopath, or Practioner of the Bowen or Alexander Technique for adjustments.