When we talk about the nerve system of your body and the brainstem that is the hub of that system, we often mention the word irritation. By definition, irritation means to bring about an abnormally excited state. Well, many people misread that into thinking that, by irritating the brainstem, various bodily functions become hyperactive. For instance, with the digestive system, people assume that irritation leads to the digestive system working too quickly - causing chronic diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.

Have you ever hit your funny bone in your elbow? I don't know about you, but after I hit my funny bone (temporarily irritating that nerve) my arm functions well BELOW normal for a few minutes. Similarly, you can irritate the brainstem causing various bodily functions to become hypoactive - or function slower than usual. In regards to the digestive system - and we'll focus on the intestines, which are lined with muscles that help push food through the system - a brainstem subluxation that irritates that brainstem (which controls your digestive system) can just as easily cause those muscles lining the intestines to work too slow as it can cause those muscles to work too fast. When the digestive system works too slowly, it gets backed up, you don't go to the bathroom as often, and you become afflicted with a condition called constipation.

Abnormal is abnormal - whether it be abnormally fast or abnormally slow. When you have a brainstem subluxation, the brainstem cannot properly route the signals to the digestive system to allow that complex system to work properly. Abnormal signals between the brainstem and digestive tract causes abnormal functions within the digestive tract.