Grand Central Station is a one of America's largest railroad terminals serving 5 counties in New York and Connecticut. It covers 48 acres and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world. Its underground platforms serve 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower. 150,000 people walked through the doors for its inauguration on February 2, 1913 and now, 750,000 visitors pass through daily.
Now some interesting facts about your own Grand Central Station, the brain stem. The human brain stem is the ultimate switching station of your body. Although its size is 1.5 x 2 inches, over 450 million nerve fibers cross through it including those that handle motor functions, fine touch, vibration sensation, spatial awareness, pain and temperature. It plays a critical role in cardiac and respiratory regulation as well as consciousness and sleeping. When nerve flow is hindered through the brain stem, the body becomes sick... when it ceases, the body dies.
In the world of Chiropractic, the brain stem receives much attention for its critical role in nerve transmission and its susceptibility to interference from upper cervical subluxations. There are Chiropractors who focus their entire practice on maintaining the alignment of this area - and it's amazing the change one can experience in their health when brain stem interference is gently cleared.
The weight of a dime, 8-10 mm of Hg, that's all it takes to drain normal nerve transmission to a trickle. Stretching a nerve by as little as 6% can also decrease it's signal strength by 70%. So what does that mean for you?
Your Nerve System transmits the data of Life. Depending on role, thickness and sheath covering, some nerves can relay information from your brain to your body at speeds exceeding 200 mph. If those impulses are communicating vital instructions like 'how many times your heart needs to beat,' or 'how should your immune system respond to a pre-cancerous lesion,' you want those messages traveling at the highest possible speeds - with NO interference. If those signals get blocked at the spinal level because of misaligned vertebrae (subluxations), damage to your health becomes eminent.
Sustained pressure and stretch on spinal nerves may not manifest symptoms immediately. Detrimental effects usually grow silently until a crisis occurs. That's why it's important to keep your spine in proper alignment with Chiropractic care - so your good health doesn't stop on a dime.