Last week, I had a pregnant patient come in to prepare her body for labor and delivery that was fast approaching. She was obviously overjoyed to welcome her new bundle of joy, but was also a little disheartened for many of her friends who have been having miscarriages lately. She had a lot of great questions that I would like to address. How could it be that so many women suffer from miscarriages at the same time?
Let me start by saying that the human body is EXTREMELY intelligent. It is amazing that two cells, a sperm and an egg, can even join in the first place and replicate into trillions of cells that organize perfectly to create another life! The intelligence that knows how to join and multiply cells is the same intelligence that knows if the body in which that takes place is a safe enough environment to survive and thrive. In the case of infertility and miscarriages, those bodies know that they do not have the proper environment to grow and protect a new life.
Why would such an intelligent being not be the right environment to sustain a growing life? The long answer can be shorted to one word: stress. Stress is quite the buzzword nowadays, but I want to expand upon the simple idea of it. Stress can come in any of three forms: chemical, mental or physical. Chemical stress can include anything from drugs and alcohol, breathing polluted air, drinking contaminated water and eating dirty, pesticide-laden foods. Mental stress is more than just what most people think of such as anxiety about reaching deadlines at work. It also includes the fear of the future, constant technological input and society’s way of making us feel inadequate. The last type of stress -physical- can range from the birth process to falling off bikes to car accidents. Our intelligent bodies were made to adapt to these stresses. However, as they compound our bodies lose their ability to overcome it all if not addressed.
Any combination of stress is harmful to us because it affects the nervous system’s ability to do its job: relay all information between the body and the brain. You see, the nervous system is what controls every single function in your body! You are reading this right now because your eyes see words, the nerves carry those signals to the brain where it can comprehend what you’re looking at, and the brain sends signals back out to the body to react somehow. This may be nodding your head that you understand, it may include messages going to your fingers to scroll the mouse to read further down, or it may be to your mouth to tell your husband what you’re reading. Basically stated, the nervous system is perceiving the environment and coordinating the cellular response to it. 1
Your brain is like the generator that sends energy to the different parts of a house through wires. All the wires go from a fuse box and then to a separate part of the house: some to the kitchen, others to the bathroom, and more to the living room. The same can be said about your brain: some wires are connected to the eyes, to the heart, to your reproductive organs, and others to the muscles of your arms and legs. Stress acts like mice chewing on the wires or having too many things plugged in: the nerve signals are going to be severely hindered or the fuse is going to blow!
The “fuse” related to infertility and miscarriages is found in the low back and sacral area. We commonly see that these women have suffered from irregular or painful periods their whole lives, although not always. Sometimes they were active in gymnastics and/or cheerleading and placed a lot of physical stress on the low back. Many have also had a history of contraceptive or hormone consumption. To check how those wires are working, we at Bright Futures Chiropractic use a special nervous system scan. This scan not only shows us which fuse is “blown” but how long it has been and how it has affected other areas of your body. We can also check the status of your nervous system’s adaptability. This is extremely important because there is no way to remove all stress from our lives, so our bodies better be able to adapt and overcome them to keep us healthy!
Below you can see a small part of what the nervous system scans look like. On the picture to the right, you can see the colored area in the low back. As mentioned earlier, this “fuse” is directly related to the function of the reproductive organs. The other two scans show us that the nervous system is not working very efficiently. This combination helps us tailor a care plan specifically for YOUR body and achieve the best possible results that allow you to live the healthy life you want and create the optimal environment to grow your family!
- Lipton B. Nature, Nurture and Human Development. https://www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/nature-nurture-and-human-development. Published June 7, 2012.