So, if a muscle, say the triceps, cannot fully extend the elbow to straight because the radial nerve that supplies it is being negatively influenced (pressured upon), the biceps, in the front of the arm will pull the forearm and flex the elbow and become over tightened, because it is overworking. Now, looking at the diagrams below, each organ, including the glands, has to be coordinated, like each member of a symphony, to constrict, relax, secrete, dilate or quicken to enable the overall concert of a healthy body to keep “in tune” and give life to the notes on everyone’s pages. If you look closely, there is even an inherent or built in mechanism to inhibit digestive functions when the body is responding to an emergency situation…like running for one’s life; hence, the term “fright-flight”. Isn’t it great that our Maker gave us the ability to run for cover without our body hesitating, to first digest our quinoa and turkey salad? But what would happen if we were in that situation and had an entrapped sciatic nerve in the buttock, or, of a branch from the celiac plexus of nerves going to the stomach? You could be greatly injured because your bum leg prevented you from moving quickly from a speeding car’s path or you might develop a case of excess stomach acid because your stomach was not neurologically informed that digestion needed to take a back seat to survival!
Therefore, you can see that just treating a muscle (or gland) on its own may not be sufficient to address the direct cause of one’s ailment; that nerves play a paramount role in our bodily functions, neuromuscularly and somato-viscerally (nerve-gut). Now, make no mistake, that if I see someone that has 200/100 blood pressure, I am not going to immediately find the cause, whether it be hereditary, endocrine, metabolic or psyco-emotional…I am going to demand emergency treatment by their primary care doctor or the local emergency room! After any necessary crisis care is rendered, the cause can be addressed to work to prevent future episodes.
So, if you have been experiencing ailments that just do not seem to be improving, or are making you and your current doctor scratch their head in a quandary, please call our office to evaluate your situation.
Figure 1. Illustrated Physiology, McNaught and Callander, Third Edition. ©1975 Pg. 268
Figure 2. Illustrated Physiology, McNaught and Callander, Third Edition. ©1975 Pg. 269
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