Spinal Function & Hormonal Health

Hormones, whether we like it or not, we all need them. But how does your body know how much and when enough is enough? And how does your spine play a roll?

Hormones are chemicals produced by certain glands like your thyroid, adrenals, and reproductive organs. They make tons of reactions in your body possible, and take care of many everyday functions without you even thinking about it.

Feeling hungry or full? Can’t wake up in the morning? Need to run to catch the bus? These all require the proper amount and timing of hormones in our system.

Now, take a moment and think about your brain. Do you know what part helps to maintain homeostasis? It is your limbic system. And quite possibly, the most crucial part of your limbic system is your hypothalamus. “The hypothalamus receives signals from all possible sources in the nervous system” via your spine. It is the center for collecting information about the internal well-being of your body. And this information is then used to control the production of your hormones.*

So when your body is in a state of homeostasis, the exact amount of hormones you need at a given time are released into your bloodstream, and your body functions smoothly. However, when the control mechanism malfunctions, the results can be severe and even life-altering.

“With few exceptions, hormone deficiency or hormone excess is the result of pathologic manifestations in the neural pathways that supply the hypothalamus.”** So, what does that mean to you? Well, a Neuro-Structural Shift in your spine and its resulting decrease in function may be a significant cause of hormone dysfunction and hormonal related health problems.

Interference to your nervous system, especially in the upper neck,

 “may produce a variety of symptoms, including diabetes insipidous, obesity, sexual dystrophy, somnolence, and loss of temperature control.”***

The important take away here is that structural spinal integrity sets the foundation of good health, along with proper nutrition and avoiding harmful chemicals that are ever-present in our environment. Make sure to come to our next workshop on October 8th. We’ll be going over many of the problematic hormone disruptors in our lives and solutions to lessen your toxic load.  Check out the details here.

*GUYTON’S PHYSIOLOGY 10th Edition, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Publishing Company, p. 935
**HARRISON’S PRINCIPLES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 14th Ed. New York; McGraw-Hill Publishing p.138
***CORRELATIVE NEUROANATOMY Cuusid, J. 18th Edition, Los Altos, CA Vange Medical Publications, p. 25

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