How Your Structure Affects Your Function

Your body is run by a central nervous system, similar the CPU of a computer. This central nervous system controls every process that happens in your body and the quality of information it shares with your body will determine your health. 

Reduced quality of nerve information can take three forms.  First, it will impact organ and gland function. Second, it will affect the motor nerve system, creating musculoskeletal problems such as muscle spasms and excess wear and tear on joints.  Last, reduced quality of nerve information will cause a decrease in adaptability to stress, often leading to overuse of the sympathetic or “fight or flight” portion of the nerve system.

When nerve quality interference impacts organ and glands, this means that your body will have a difficult time performing tasks that keep you healthy and functioning well.  For example, if nerves that supply the stomach are functioning poorly, you may have a hard time assimilating and using nutrients from your food. 

When nerve quality interference impacts the musculoskeletal system you will experience areas of muscle tightness, spasm or fatigue, spinal pain, headaches, or extremity pain such as shoulder, arm, leg or foot pain. Interestingly, musculoskeletal injuries, such as a fall or accident, can also damage the structural system designed to protect the nerves and create a loop of structural misalignment creating irritation to the nerve, which in turn can cause a worsening of the structural misalignment. This can be seen in the example of whiplash where there might be a mild soreness at the time of injury which can lead to years of neck pain and headaches if not rehabilitated properly.

When nerve quality interference impacts the ability of the body to respond and adapt to stress we’ll often see global body and mood changes. These changes include lowered immunity (frequent colds, flus, bronchial infections, etc.), poor digestion or indigestion, constipation, trouble sleeping, sexual dysfunction, trouble concentrating, being overly “jumpy” or exhibiting anxiety, shallow breathing, increased hear rate, fatigue, agitation or irritation and jaw clenching/grinding (bruxism).

Because nerve quality interference can continue undetected for many years, it is advised to have a routine chiropractic screening, similar to a dental exam checking for small cavities before they become a big problem.

Here are some tips for supporting structure in between checkups:

  1. Practice good spinal hygiene.  This includes daily range of motion stretches or a good yoga routine.
  2. Discuss with your chiropractor whether at-home spinal molding is right for you.  This is a powerful step that can help you to hold your alignment over months and years.
  3. Align your computer monitor so that your head and eyes remain in a neutral position while performing computer work.
  4. Avoid “text neck”.  If you need to spend extended time on your cell phone, bring it up to eye level instead of hunching over the device. 
  5. Avoid sleeping in any position that cocks your head forward.  For example, placing your head on the arm of the couch or on a stack of pillows.
  6. Practice stress modulation.  Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping or using a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) trainer such as Heart Math are both excellent resources.
  7. Routinely check your posture (and your kids!) for signs of high shoulders, hips, short legs, rounding shoulders or head forward posture.  Seek professional help if needed. 

To learn more about spinal misalignment and best ways to restore alignment, click here…


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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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