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Pain getting on your nerves ?

Posted by admin - October 6, 2014 - Articles

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Is your pain getting on your nerves ?

If you find that a particular symptom such as neck or low back pain has been ongoing for quite some time – more than three months – it may be time to get your nerve system checked.

The pain doesn’t necessarily have to be constant for the entire length of time, although in severe cases it may feel unrelenting.  However, in most cases, recurring symptoms come in cycles.  The episodes last for a few days to a couple of weeks followed by a pain-free period.  A defining characteristic is that each episode feels a bit more intense than the previous one and usually lasts a bit longer.

As an example: Your neck or back pain may feel more intense or the numbness and tingling travels further down the arm or leg with every subsequent episode.  These recurring cycles or patterns are usually a sign of nerve stress at specific levels along the spine.

This is why it’s common for individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain or numbness and tingling in the arms to also experience sleep issues, sinusitis, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), chronic fatigue and frequent bouts of colds or flu.


It’s regulated by the same nerve circuit.

The nerves that supply energy to the neck muscles, arms and hands also innervate the sinuses, ears (hearing), as well as the thyroid (metabolism) and thymus (immune system).   It’s all under the same nerve supply coming from the upper neck.   This is why neck alignment is so important.

In fact, each area of the spine is responsible for providing energy to a specific organ system. Energy for both function and regeneration.  If there is nerve stress to an organ, the organ is not functioning optimally.  Its’ not getting enough energy.

Regeneration means that as each cell dies off, a new one takes its place and this happens at the rate of millions per second.  For example, your entire Liver regenerates every 45 days, your skin regenerates every 30 days and your stomach lining every 5 days.  When nerve flow is interrupted due to spinal misalignment, the organ is not regenerating optimally.  More cells are dying than being replaced.

More important to note is that the effects are cumulative.  The longer the stress on the nerve system, the greater the effect on the body.  This is why recurring symptoms intensify with time.

Your body has the power to regenerate (heal) itself so long as your spine is in alignment and the information from brain to body is flowing clear – in a state of balance.  This power to self regulate and heal is part of the innate intelligence of the body. Regeneration is a natural process. We don’t have to consciously think about healing a paper cut.  Innate intelligence knows what to do.  Our job is to maintain alignment so the information from the brain to the body flows freely.

Its simple. Get yourself checked.  If the power is not flowing, you need to get back into alignment.

Then, get your family checked – especially your children.  A child’s nerve system is growing at its fastest pace in life. Colic in infants, digestive issues, ear infections and especially ‘growing pains’ are all signs of nerve stress.

A lengthy but great article in Pathways to Family Wellness that all parents should read.

Remember, alignment trumps everything.

To your health,

Dr. John Filo

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