Last month, in our Heat Safety Tips article, we mentioned how chiropractic adjustments can help improve your thermoregulation—or, in layman terms, keep you cool in hot weather. This week, we’re going to give you a little more insight on just how your body’s thermoregulation systems work, and how regular chiropractic adjustments can help to keep you cool in Toronto.
Your Body’s Air Conditioning System
Your body has a number of built-in systems that work together to help you regulate heat. The hypothalamus, located near the spine, autonomously regulates a number of functions:
• Your vascular system dilates your veins when you’re warm, allowing your blood to carry your body heat to the surface and radiate it outwards.
• When your temperature rises, your sweat glands release moisture. The sweat itself helps to cool the surface of the skin, and its evaporation saps that surface heat away. This is why ‘dry heat’ is much easier to handle than ‘damp heat’; your sweat can’t evaporate if there’s already a lot of humidity in the air.
• While it doesn’t have a major effect anymore, the human body still has its thermoregulation system hooked into the muscles that control your body hair. This is why we get goose bumps when we’re cold; if we had the hair of our primate ancestors, goose bumps would be how we ‘fluff up’ to make natural insulation.
The Effect Of Chiropractic Adjustments
All of these systems are connected to the hypothalamus through the central nervous system, which runs through your spine. Subluxations that disrupt your neural pathways can interrupt the messages that your brain is sending to your veins and glands, which can limit the effectiveness of your body’s natural air conditioning system.
In other words, the better the nerves in your spine are performing, the more effectively your body can cool itself.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can not only work out kinks in your central nervous system, but are also known to significantly improve your overall cardiovascular health, which can greatly improve your thermoregulation system’s effectiveness.
Thermoregulation As A Method of Measurement
The association between your body’s ability to manage heat and your spinal health has shown to be so strong that it’s actually a method of assessing and targeting certain spinal disorders.
Using thermal imaging, it’s possible to determine whether your body is adjusting for temperature evenly on your left and right sides. If one part warms or cools faster than the other, we know that there is something effecting your symmetry, and can adjust accordingly.
Do you think your body might not be cooling itself effectively? Do you just want to make sure your system is kept in tip-top shape for the summer? Book an appointment today!