What Happens if Nerves Work Too Hard?

One of the simplest ways chiropractors explain nerve function is with a gas/break pedal car analogy: Some nerves speed things up while others slow them down.

There are times, however, when it can leave patients wondering why “too much gas pedal” is even a problem. That’s when I relate nerve function to eating.

When nerves are over-stimulated, it’s like eating too much. The last time this happened for me was during a trip to NYC for a football game. I woke up in the morning and had a big breakfast, then headed to the New Meadowlands Stadium to begin tailgating. Over the course of several hours, we migrated from car to car indulging in cookies, chips, pretzels, cupcakes, nachos, brats, and burgers. There may have been a few libations too.

After the game, dinner should have been the last thing on our minds, but we found our way to this amazing Italian restaurant where I devoured homemade pasta and a large cut of veal. Finished, right? Not yet. After a few more stops along the way, we capped the evening with a late night snack… That’s when my body made an executive decision. Up came an entire day’s worth of over-indulgence. I felt like I got hit by a truck for nearly a week after that trip!

This is what it’s like when your body’s nervous system is overworked. The organs and tissues controlled by these overloaded nerves begin to suffer in unpleasant ways.

Three types of stress can accumulate and have this effect on your body. Physical, chemical, and emotion stressors can only be ignored for so long. They add up, and if you’re not taking care of yourself properly, you’ll end up like a stalled car on the side of the road.

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