The Three Major Systems of the Body – Endocrine, Immune, and Nervous

Unlike other chiropractic practices, Van Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center doesn’t just focus on the nervous system. Our treatment options target all three major systems of the body – the endocrine, immune, and nervous systems – to better restore our patients to full health.

The Endocrine System

Endocrine-SystemThe endocrine system is a collection of glands – such as the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands – that pump hormones into the body. Each gland produces its own specific hormone that supports different organs and tissues throughout the human body. A properly functioning endocrine system helps regulate your metabolism, promotes healthy growth and development, and can even positively impact your sleep cycle and mood.

Common endocrine system diseases include diabetes, hypothyroidism, and hypoglycemia.

The Immune System

Immune-SystemLike the endocrine system, the immune system is a collection of different structures in the body – like the spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow – that work together to protect you from disease, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. A healthy immune system is able to distinguish between these different threats and purge them from your body, because it can recognize that the threats are not a part of your body’s healthy tissue. A diseased immune system can fall under the category of immunodeficiency (a weakened immune system), or autoimmunity, which occurs when the immune system attacks your body’s normal tissue.

Common autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

The Nervous System

Brain-Nervous-SystemThe nervous system is a collection of nerves and neurons that communicate between each other to make the body tick. Structurally, there are two parts to the nervous system: the central nervous, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves; and the peripheral nervous system, which consists of neuron clusters (called ganglia), sensory neurons, and connective nerves that lace the peripheral nervous system together and with the central nervous system. Without this system, your body would cease to function, as a healthy nervous system send coordinated signals all over the body to keep it running via involuntary and voluntary processes.

Common diseases of the nervous system include chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.