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Nerve Stress and Defense
Your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is responsible for sending messages to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. This communication is made possible by your spinal nerve network. This vast communication network is the primary vehicle for the Intelligence of Life to express to every cell of your body. The central nervous system is so important that nature built armor around it, your skull and spinal column. However even with this inborn protection, our nervous system can experience interference, injury or disturbance. We call this damage to our nervous system Nerve Stress: simply a stretching or pulling tension on the nerve tissue itself (think of a rubber band).
Studies show that even a slight stretch of a nerve of around 6% can decrease its function by as much as 70%! Defense is the state of your body being stuck in stresses from your past. Have you heard the term, “fight or flight?" That is the emergency mode of your body. When you are under stress or your health or safety is threatened in some real or imagined way, you go into Defense in order to deal with the threat. Blood pressure increases, muscles tense, breathing becomes fast and shallow. Your organ function also undergoes changes. Systems not considered as necessary for your immediate survival are basically “shut down” until the emergency passes. So systems such as digestion, long-term healing, feeling joy, and others are “put on the back burner” until the crisis is over. Defense affects every system in your body, especially your nerve system.
Now this is all just fine if there is an actual emergency occurring. But what can also happen is that you can become overwhelmed from a particular stress or combination of stressors and get “stuck” in this survival mode even after the crisis is long over. The tension that this causes to your nerves is called Nerve Stress. The overall state of tension is called Defense. Think about it. Part of you may be responding to an emergency that may be over for years! How is this affecting your health and well-being today?
Nerve Stress and Defense can have devastating effects on your overall health and well being. Our primary goal is to detect and correct these imbalances that are interfering with your nerve system and health thus allowing your body to heal and establish a healthier you. Additionally, we also educate and coach you on how to not only resolve the stresses in your body but also how to resolve the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses in your life. Thereby creating total wellness in and around you!
At Family Wellness Center, we believe that Defense can have devastating effects on not only individual health, but on the overall health of our entire community. Who do you know that always seems “stressed out, or can use more peace, joy, and great health?" Their nerve system may be locked in Defense, which may be affecting their health and well being in many, many ways. Please have them call us as soon as possible at 516-822-8499 so that we can determine how we can be of service to them.
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