Dr. Patricia Henthorn

The Spine and the Nervous System

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By Dr. Patricia Henthorn

There are many problems people experience everyday that go undiagnosed. Many times those people end up on medication to manage symptoms but the cause is unknown. Symptoms such as anxiety, difficulty swallowing, cardiac arythmias and digestive issues can be caused by a biomechanical dysfunction that affects their autonomic nervous system. This dysfunction can originate in the joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia, and usually ends up as a dysfunction involving all of these.

There are countless reasons for these problems in your spine. Some of the most common causes are past trauma such as car accidents, sports injuries and falls, chronically poor posture, repetitive strain injuries, and past surgeries. All of these can cause weaknesses and scar tissue that leads to the dysfunction. This is not to say that people should not be checked for other serious issues, but there are so many people that don’t know why they feel the way they do, and that can be disheartening and even scarey. For example, anxiety is often considered an emotional problem, but it can also have biomechanical roots. Digestive issues are another common ailment that can be caused by a dysfunction in ones biomechanics and nervous system.

We all need to remember that our body reflects how we feel, and simple answers are often unseen when relief is most needed. A prescription isn’t always necessary when it could just mean you need some realigning of the spine, strengthening and possibly some minor lifestyle changes!

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