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The Autonomic Nervous System

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The autonomic nervous system consists of the “sympathetic” and the “parasympathetic” nervous system. It regulates vegetative reactions, which we can´t control consciously and is essential for human survival.
  • Sympathetic nervous system: Roughly speaking, the sympathetic nervous system is our flight and fight system. When it is activated, blood pressure and heart rate increase, stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline are released, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels rise. At the same time, digestion will slow down, thyroid hormones will be down-regulated, and sleep will be disturbed. These are physiological responses to a stressful situation. The sympathetic nerve fibers are located below the costal joints on the right and left sides of the thoracic and the upper lumbar spine.
  • Parasympathetic nervous system: is the antagonist of the sympathetic nervous system. It is responsible for growth, healing, digestion and sleep. Heart rate and blood pressure decrease, digestion is stimulated, thyroid hormones are released and sleep is improved. The large parasympathetic fibers are located in the brain stem at the upper cervical spine and in the so-called “presacral plexus” in front of the sacrum in the pelvis..
Normally, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are balanced. They alternate in dominance during the day and respond physiologically to the environment. Stress of any kind can throw the system out of balance, then we have an autonomic imbalance, which can bring about several problems if not corrected. You can think of the autonomic nervous system as a battery or a motor. Being in sympathetic stress is like constantly stepping on the gas pedal, but using up a lot of fuel in the process and not being able to slow down. The energy reserve dwindles, there is too little left for regenerative processes and symptoms become evident, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. Being in parasympathetic stress is like driving a sports car, but with the handbrake on constantly. Energetically complex processes are not adequately feasible, you just “can´t get going”. One should wake up fresh with about 6-7.5 hours of sleep without interruption, have energy during the day, go through the day symptom-free and fall asleep quickly in the evening after lying down. However, many people cannot do this, and the reason is always an autonomic imbalance of some sort. This situation is often accepted, although there are ways to improve it. Stress can take on different forms: physical (pain, accident, spinal misalignment, etc.), emotional (bullying, separation, loneliness, arguments with friends, family or partner etc) or chemical (medication, unhealthy diet, etc.). In any case, a sympathetic dominant reaction follows with above mentioned symptoms, which are not always the same or equally pronounced. The therapy at “impulse health management” aims at restoring this balance and thus normalize metabolic functions. The highlight in our practice is that we can visualize the stress state of the patient both in an autonomic nervous system scan before and after treatment series, and the structural change of the spine before and after treatment series in an x-ray. This way you can see the success of the treatment in black and white!

Since the spine is segmentally built, and it is known which segments supply which organs, joints, muscles, endocrine glands, etc. with nerves, and the x-rays show the misalignments, it is easy to understand which treatment will improve the problem and for whom. In our practice, the therapy is carried out by combining palpation findings with the results of the x-ray. The degree of correction potential is not always the same and can only be predicted to a limited extent. The following pictures document results of different patients with different symptoms in a time period between 2 weeks and 3 months. In order to correct biomechanics a treatment series of 30 treatments is needed, which can be performed in a frequency of between 3x/week and 3 x daily (at least 90 min interval between sessions). Therapy in a lower frequency is of course offered as well, but the structural effect will not be as pronounced, but it is still a legitimate method to relieve symptoms.

Autonomic nervous system scan before/after. The white dot symbolizes the patient who is clearly in sympathetic stress before treatment, almost balanced and symptom-free after treatment.

In addition, I am happy to advise on ways to improve and maintain health through nutrition and supplements. These consultations are based on the research branch of epigenetics. The goal here is to enhance the genetic potential of the human being for healing and thus to promote health and recovery of symptoms, trying to bring about autonomic balance by reducing chemical stress (mineral deficiencies are compensated, detoxification creations are promoted).
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