SOT, Chiropractic, wellness, health, chiropractor, stress.
Our body is a complex machine with at last estimated count, 10 trillion moving parts (cells). That is a complex system that needs a complex controlling system. That system is the nervous system. We put our bodies through a lot of different stressors on a day in day out scenario. There broken down into 3 categories of physical, chemical and mental. The physical is simple, gravity is a force that is always affecting us (unless your an astronaut). Simple physics, we need to generate a force to counter it. We do that with our bones and soft tissues. When we put our body in position that increases that load (slouching, lifting, sleeping to name a few) we increase the stressor on the body, so the body either copes with that increase if it can, or it breaks down. Our body is a chemical wonder as well, we are full of hormones, acids, enzymes, neurotransmitters, minerals and many other complex molecules to keep our body running. These systems are designed to be turned up when needed and turned down when not to control the bodies biochemistry. One example is if we continuously put highly processed sugary foods into our body the the pancreatic/insulin system needs to cope with it or our body will break down. The mental side most people can relate to, our body is designed to cope with stress in small amounts and finite amount of time. We use the body chemistry to help us cope. A lot of people today don’t have the break from the stress and then that body chemistry changes the bodies function for too long, so the body begins to break down.
In my journey through my career as a chiropractor, I have found a chiropractic technique called Sacro Occipital Technique, or SOT for short. The reason that this technique really speaks to me is it’s ability to look at and address more that just the physical stressors like many chiropractors, but also address the chemical and mental stressors in each patient that visits my office. All health professional want to find that root cause of the problem, and address it, with SOT it allows me to do that. The brain and spinal cord (or CNS) is surrounded by a sheath called dura. This dura protects the central nervous system from bacteria and viruses. It attaches to our spine at the base of the skull and upper cervical spine and at our coccyx (tailbone). Inside the dura our body has cerebrospinal fluid (CSF for short), and this fluid circulates around that CNS similar to our blood in our bodies to oxygenate and remove wastes from the cells. When we breathe or bite down (chewing, talking, swallowing) we promote that circulation. As a SOT chiropractor, I identify where these problems are occurring and why (ie. Physical, chemical, metal)?
So the next time you get mid back pain, know that it could be from you sitting posture, or stress but that area of the nervous system are related to you stomach and gall bladder and pancreas. With your low back it could be a ligament strain in you pelvis, but the nerves there go to your prostate or uterus. So understanding that relationship and being able to address either side of the equation, will allow a wider scope to address the root cause. Having that nervous system restored to functioning without restriction will allow that body to function they way it should by striving for health.