Can Nervous System Issue Affect Migraines and Asthma?

Nervous System, silent migraines, Asthma

It is typical for people to approach migraines and asthma separately. The former affects the head while the latter affects the respiratory system. But did you know that everything that happens in our body, which includes ailments like migraines and asthma, is affected by the nervous system? Let us look into the nervous system's role in silent migraines and asthma.


Important Points About Migraines

Here are some of the debilitating effects of a migraine episode:

1. Vertigo

A person faced with a migraine attack feels off-balance and dizzy. Although the surrounding environment is perfectly still, the person senses movement. The body's inability to respond appropriately might cause the person to feel nauseous.

2. Heightened sensitivity

Migraines make people more sensitive to environmental factors like light and noise. Streams of sunlight into a room are enough to set off an intense reaction worthy of a lightning strike.

3. Severe headache

Silent migraines often bring intense pain. In some cases, it starts on one side, but it can quickly progress and affect the entire head. The pain level can become so intense that most people cannot do anything until the pain subsides.

Any of the following can cause migraines:

  • Stress
  • Medicines
  • Hormones
  • Injury


Key Details About Asthma

When the air passages swell and become narrow, it is difficult for any person to breathe normally. An asthma incident can be deadly when not addressed immediately.

Asthma causes a person to experience the following:

  • Tightening of the chest
  • Gasping for air as a result of shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or whistling noise when exhaling

An asthma attack is often due to:

  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Sudden temperature changes


An Overview of The Nervous System

Our body has an intricate and complex network called the nervous system. Its key components are:

1. The central nervous system (CNS)

The central nervous system's leading players are the brain and the spinal cord. Encased by the cervical spine or the neck, the brain stem is the juncture between the brain and the spinal cord. 

The brain has primary control of various functions, including memory, sensations, and movements. It can issue commands like making the heart beat. As the information superhighway, the spinal cord is the channel through which transmissions pass.

2. The peripheral nervous system (PNS)

The PNS includes every nerve outside the central nervous system. The different kinds of nerves connect the CNS to everything in the body.

Consider this simple example: If you prick a finger, the nerves in that area send signals to the brain and interpreted as pain. After that, the brain triggers a command for you to say "aww" and registers a memory that a prick elicits pain so you can avoid it next time.

Essentially, all of the things happening in our body traces back to the nervous system. It has three essential functions:

Nervous System, silent migraines, Asthma

1. Sensory

The nervous system accepts sensations from both external and internal environments. Our five primary senses – hearing, seeing, feeling, touching, and smelling – play vital parts.

2. Response

Appropriate action triggered by the nervous system based on the sensation it received. An example is when we withdraw our hands after touching a prickly cactus. Other non-visible reactions the actions of the digestive tract to move the food along.

3. Integration

This is a critical function when the nervous system evaluates sensations and decides on the appropriate action after considering numerous environmental aspects, memory, and feelings. An example is how long you should shake the hand of a person. If this is a close friend, then you would shake it vigorously for a long time. If it is a stranger, you might not even accept the proffered hand at all if the nervous system processes signal that register as suspicious.

Based on these points, our nervous system plays a central role in silent migraines and asthma episodes. The brain processes the signals transmitted by the nerves through the spinal cord. The reactions manifest in the form of numerous levels of discomfort. The integration function of the nervous system even influences the duration of each attack.


Care for The Nervous System

With all the processes the nervous system handles, it is crucial to take care of it properly. We can do the following:

  • Get enough rest

Managing different processes can be tiring. Getting enough rest helps our nervous system optimize its resources.

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle

By eating nutritious food and staying hydrated, we help ensure our body gets the nutrients it needs. Water plays a vital role in various ways, particularly in maintaining our temperature.

  • Manage stress

You know full well that stress can negatively impact the body. The quality of reactions it induces does the body a lot of harm. Light exercises and yoga can help manage stress. Talking to family and friends can also help put things in perspective.


Chiropractic Care for The Nervous System

Another great way to care for the nervous system is to get chiropractic care. Keeping the neck and body aligned positively impacts the transmission and processing of the messages carried by the nerves.

In the event of a misalignment, restricted pathways might make it difficult for the nerves to pass through. When the brain senses something is out of place, it might not be able to respond appropriately. The brain might misinterpret some signals or even issue unlikely commands. A few of the possible effects include silent migraines and asthma.

Licensed upper cervical chiropractors can help you look after your neck, which encases the juncture between the brain and the spinal cord. By making sure that everything is aligned, your nervous system can carry out its functions properly. A well-balanced, properly aligned neck may help avoid the occurrence of migraine and asthma attacks.

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