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John G. Murray Jr. Chiropractic

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Clinton, NJ 08809
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Master the Sensory Pathway


The sensory pathway is pivotal to good health. In today’s topic I’m going to tell you how to master the body’s cycle of processing input from movement, nutrition, and thought in order to maximize a healthy output to your body.

What you put in your body makes all the difference in the world. This pertains to nutrition, movement, and even your thoughts. All of this information comes through your sensory pathway, also known as the afferents.

If you take care of the sensory pathway, you won’t have to worry about what is expressed on the output side, that will take care of itself naturally. The blueprint in our bodies is for health, and that makes up the basis for this cycle when it’s functioning properly.

The afferent nerves carry information to the brain. The brain processes this information, then sends an output message back to the nerves. An easy way to think about it is “good in, good out,” so what we want to avoid is “garbage in, garbage out.”

If you eat a sugary breakfast, the brain reacts with increased levels of insulin. If you eat a grain-based  diet high in omega 6 and 9s, the brain’s response is to increase inflammation.

This also applies to a lack of motion, if you are stagnant your brain lacks the input and energy it requires then once again the output is negative. Constructive input in the form of motion and activity jump starts the cycle and gets the brain sending the right kind of signals.

This can even be found in your attitude. With negative thoughts, you’ll get negative expression. For example, with a single thought you can cause all of the blood vessels in your body to dilate, that’s what happens when we blush. Negative, destructive thoughts can cause your body to constrict. When you’re happy you feel uplifted, and when you’re depressed or sad you feel like you caving in on yourself.

The chiropractic adjustment is the trump card of this entire process. A vertebral subluxation short circuits this cycle because you have an incomplete input to the brain, and incomplete output back to the body. Getting adjusted can clear the interference and get the signals flowing freely again.

So healing and health happens on the input side and you won’t have to worry about the output. Concern yourself with staying constructive on the input side, by moving well, thinking well, and eating well and you’ll have a happier, healthier life.

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Dr. John Murray

"Empowering our patients to understand that their lifestyle choices make a difference is the greatest thing we can do."