Nervous System Magic – Your Key to Successful Healing

Your nervous system is a direct indicator of how your body is at any point of time. It switches between sympathetic and parasympathetic mode throughout the day as it navigates the different stressors it encounters. It should ramp up to deal with a perceived threat, then calm and recover once the perceived threat has passed.

Threats and stressors come in many ways. The brain is always scanning the information coming in from the body’s many receptors, looking for risks and dangers and acting appropriately to keep you alive. Stressors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be visual (like seeing a big snarling dog coming towards you), audible (like hearing the screech of brakes from behind you), chemical (like eating or ingesting something that hasn’t gone down well), emotional (feeling stressed out by something that someone has said to you) or the more tangible – physical (falling over and hurting yourself), or even quite simply, lack of sleep. When we realise the vast array of stressors that the body is trying to cope with and cross off the list throughout the day, we can better understand how our systems can sometimes go over the edge because of seemingly innocuous things. There is an intricate dance between survival mode and healing. We cannot heal when we are busy fighting the sabre tooth tiger! Creating a calm space for the nervous system is the key to unlocking the symphony of wellness within.

Stress isn’t all bad

Stress is not a bad thing. We are intrinsically wired for survival and the brain will always prioritise all systems for escape and survival in the face of perceived danger. Whilst stress is not bad in itself, REMAINING in a state of stress for prolonged periods is not good. While survival mode is fantastic for navigating imminent dangers, it comes with a catch. The body allocates resources exclusively for urgent action, leaving little room for non-urgent processes. Learning, digestion, and other activities associated with a calm state take a backseat in this survival frenzy.

Successful Healing

Whether recovering from a physical injury or embarking on emotional growth, healing thrives in an environment conducive to repair and growth. Here’s where the calm nervous system takes center stage. When the nervous system is in a relaxed state, resources are redirected toward essential processes – cell repair, immune system functioning, and the integration of new information or learning. Picture it as a serene oasis where the body can focus on recovery, growth, assimilation of new knowledge and the formation of new neural pathways. In essence, a calm nervous system sets the stage for a symphony of wellness. Shifting from survival mode to a state of tranquility is like giving your body the green light to prioritise holistic well-being.

Behind the Scenes at My Bodyworks

At every appointment, the first thing we  do is test where your system is at, to see if it is in a good state for the session to prioritise healing and take on new information. Many of you will have encountered THE LINES!!!! We use the lines to see if your nervous system is responding ‘normally’. A strong muscle test will fail when you look at the II lines card. This is a good thing. It means that your muscles have the ability to switch ON and OFF. When your muscles don’t exhibit this ‘normal’ response, that is when we know things are off.

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You may have muscles that are strong and stay strong. This indicates that your nervous system is in an upregulated state. This is a system already in fight or flight and we don’t want to add to that state by loading more information into your system. What your body needs at the moment is downregulating. In this case, a session may begin with breathwork, a cranial or spinal correction or vagal nerve exercises to calm your system down.

On the other hand, you may have muscle testing weak which are not able to switch on with the X card. This is a system that is stuck in freeze mode ( a more disengaged state of fight or flight) – again, our first port of call is to bring your system back to normal function and we would usually take a look at clearing up some big disruptors like scars, head bangs or spinal corrections that are causing your system to glitch.

Once these are clear, your system comes out of protection mode and into learning mode which is exactly where we need it to be in order to to engage with the new learning that accompanies healing 🌟✨

Optimise your Nervous System for Healing

Maintaining a good healing environment is a really important factor in your recovery. This isn’t just something that should happen during your treatment, but in your everyday life. Embracing practices that promote relaxation, mindfulness, and resilience becomes just as important in your homecare regime as the exercises you are given at each session. An effective healing environment will help you recover quicker, and flourish with long lasting results.

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