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Is How I Feel an Indicator of How My Body Is Functioning?

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

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You may feel great and you may think everything is fine and dandy on the inside. In reality, there may be underlying issues going on inside your body that you aren’t aware of yet. Warning signs such as headaches, upset stomachs, or feeling tired all the time could mean the nervous system is under stress. By just focusing on how we feel instead of our overall health, we could be missing signs and symptoms of a bigger problem. Health means being free from illness or injury. It doesn’t necessarily mean we feel “fine.” It’s time to take a proactive stance to our health instead of being reactive when something all of the sudden goes awry. Don’t confuse how you feel physically with the state of overall health of the body or you could be faced with potentially detrimental health issues you didn’t see coming. But how can we know if we are really healthy and what should we be looking for to know our bodies are functioning at optimal levels?

Does “Feeling Good” Mean Everything Is Working Properly?

How we feel is not an indication of how our bodies are functioning. Just like emotional feelings aren’t always reliable, physical feelings are just as deceiving. We only actually feel a very small percentage of what is happening in our body. Sensory nerves are responsible for telling us how our body feels, yet they only make up a small part of the central nervous system. We have 41 miles of nerves in the body, yet only 18 percent of them feel pain, which means basing our state of health on how we feel will only lead to inaccuracy. There’s a lot going on in the body that we are unaware of, especially since pain is usually the last sign to appear when something is wrong. While “feeling good” does not necessarily mean everything is okay, actually being healthy and having optimal function within the body are primary goals. At Unity Chiropractic in Franklin, TN, your health is our main focus.

How Do I Know I’m Healthy?

Focusing on our how our body is functioning is the key to determining overall health. If we focus on how we feel, we often assume we’re healthy or we turn to medication as our first course of action when a problem does arise. But this is only masking the pain instead of addressing the root cause. Knowing how the body is functioning can allow us to see a problem and then work towards a solution, not a cover-up. For instance, high blood pressure or digestive issues are signs something in the body isn’t functioning properly. While medication can help, a visit to a Franklin chiropractor is a natural and more effective way to improve the function of different systems in the body.

Can Chiropractic Improve Function?

Unity Chiropractic is a neurologically-based practice that focuses on spinal health. Because the spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, which controls the function of other systems in the body, regular visits to a Franklin chiropractor will improve overall function of the body. Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that decrease function of body systems, such as the digestive system, leading to poor digestive health. A gentle, scientific chiropractic adjustment will remove the misalignment, restoring proper function to the body and improving health. The primary purpose of chiropractic care is to treat the root issue to alleviate symptoms, not simply mask the problem. This is not just a form of “sick care,” but rather actual health care that transforms how the body functions while also making you feel fantastic.

If you want to know how your body is functioning as you strive to live a healthy life, contact Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic for more information about how chiropractic addresses feeling versus function.


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