We already know that organs need to move well for our bodies to move well and for our organs to function optimally. But have you considered the link between organ mobility and brain function?
You simply cannot optimize brain health without treating the gut and vice versa. Common symptoms reported by patients that can be tied to organ health are brain fog, headaches, inability to stay focused, difficulty making decisions, emotional upset, and difficulty managing stress. We often have patients coming into our clinic reporting these symptoms without realizing that restrictions in organ mobility and function is likely the culprit.
Our organs are heavily innervated by different aspects of the nervous system that results in the complex gut-brain connection. There are wide highways of communication between our brain and our gut allowing for constant communication back and forth. This connection can be experienced when you feel nausea when you’re nervous, or get a bout of diarrhea when you’re stressed. It’s also responsible for the intricate relationship between our emotions and our organs.
When your organs don’t move well then they won’t function well. When tension builds around a specific region of the abdomen it will begin to negatively affect our neural access to that region. For example, the stomach contains proportionally more vagus nerve innervation compared to other organs. If your stomach doesn’t move well (possibly resulting in heart burn, pain with eating, etc.) then you will not be able to fully access the extent of the vagus nerve innervation in that area, directly impacting that crucial communication highway with the brain.
Additionally, organ restrictions often result in reduced blood flow to that organ or surrounding structures. A reduction in blood flow to the gut will negatively influence neurotransmitter production, limiting the specific chemicals the brain needs in order to communicate efficiently.
By improving organ mobility, blood flow, and neural communication in the abdomen, we can directly improve brain function. That is why it is so crucial to consider your organ health if you struggle with any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog. Without a doubt, better organ movement results in better brain function and nervous system regulation. Make sure to periodically check in with yourself so that you can start making connections between the symptoms you're experiencing. Checking in with your sleep, diet, mindset, and how your body is feeling will open your eyes to some of the beautifully complex relationships that exist within our body.
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