Body systems are a group of tissues and organs that are designed to work together to make the body work in specific ways. Some organs are part of more than one system when they serve more than one function. Since all 10 systems are necessary for sustainable life we refer to them as Essential Systems. We will look at each system in a separate blog over the next months in chiropractic terms so our readers can see the connection between a healthy spine and nervous system, the optimal outcome of proper chiropractic care.
Respiration begins in the lungs, the apparatus that permits exchange of carbon dioxide with oxygen, to replenish the body’s need for oxygen. This is accomplished by specialized muscles responsible for inspiration and expiration of air. The physiological aspects of respiration involve more than just the breathing in and out of gases. It is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within both the lungs and that occurring at the cellular level of all the body tissues. The final part of respiration is its involvement in the creation of energy within the cells that power the many functions of the body to maintain life. Chiropractic plays a holistic role in supporting the mechanisms that maintain a proper respiratory system.
Gas exchange in the lungs occurs in millions of small air sacs called alveoli. These microscopic air sacs have a very rich blood supply, thus bringing the air into close contact with the blood. Inhalation at rest is primarily due to the contraction of the diaphragm.
The primary purpose of the respiratory apparatus in the lungs is the equilibration of the partial pressures of the respiratory gases in the alveolar air with those in the pulmonary capillary blood. It is only as a result of accurately maintaining the composition of the 3 liters of alveolar air that with each breath some carbon dioxide is discharged into the atmosphere and some oxygen is taken up from the outside air.
Coordination of lungs and heart functions is mediated through the nervous system. A healthy spine that does not cause nerve interference supports the various stages of the respiratory processes. A proper chiropractic evaluation can identify if there are any levels of the spine adversely affecting the respiratory process. Some symptoms may be Asthma, difficulty breathing and sleep apnea.
Lifestyle correction, a strong focus of a chiropractic practice, is the other way patients benefit from undertaking chiropractic care, as this can contribute to respiratory problems. The respiratory system can be given optimal opportunity to function better and contribute to well being. This is one of the goals of the Doctor of Chiropractic.
Yours in real health,