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Posted on 11-24-2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year when we all have a chance to indulge in a feast of the traditional Thanksgiving featured foods. These foods ranging from turkey to ham, corn to sweet potatoes, and of course some delicious pumpkin pie! Following a feast of this size we will fall into the official medically diagnosed “food coma.” Food coma: a state of sleep or extreme lethargy induced by the consumption of a large amount of food.

As we hit the couch in a state of “food coma,” a good afternoon nap may be the only thing on our mind; but what about our digestive system?

Before the consumption of any meal, especially  the magnitude of a Thanksgiving feast, our body has already begun to prepare to digest all of the delicious foods we smell. When our nose smells the scent of food, it triggers our mouth to produce more saliva, which will aid in the breakdown and swallowing of food. As we begin to eat, our stomach automatically increases in acidity to be able to handle and breakdown the contents of the food.. The stomach will break down the food into chyme, which is a mixture of the broken down food and fluids secreted by the stomach. This chyme will then be passed along to the small and large intestines, rectum, and is then excreted.

Now, what in the world does this have to do with your spine?!

Our spine is the house and protector or 31 pairs of spinal nerves that travel down our spine from our brain and exit at various levels. These spinal nerves control every organ, cell, and tissue in our body. When there is a misalignment, area of dysfunction, or subluxation at any of these joints of our spine, the flow of the nerves exiting at that level are also affected.

Nerves exiting at our thoracic spine, specifically the level of the sixth thoracic vertebrae, innervate or go to our stomach. A misalignment at this level can cause an alteration or decrease of nerve flow to our stomach, which could cause our stomach to not operate at 100%. Possible symptoms that may arise from a misalignment or subluxation of the T6 vertebrae may include indigestion, heartburn, nervous stomach, ulcers, and upset stomach or stomach ache.

So, as we lay on the couch in a food coma agony with an ache in our stomach, remember that an ache in our back could be causing our stomach to not operate at its best!

All of us at Foss Spine & Wellness wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

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