Sensory Processing Sensitivity and How it Affects You

Do you have a sensitive child?  Do you know someone with a sensitive child?
  
Would you consider yourself to be sensitive to your environment?

 

Did you know that approximately 15-20% of people are considered to be highly sensitive?  What does this mean for you?  What does it mean to be sensitive?
 

Sensory Processing Sensitivity and How it Affects You

What does it mean to be sensitive?  While sensitivity can manifest in various ways being sensitive may mean that you or your child has sensory processing sensitivity.  This means that your nervous system is more active than the nervous system of your not as sensitive peer. 
 
Your nervous system is responsible for every function and sensation within your body as well as responsible for how you perceive the world.  This includes all of your senses like sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
 
Someone with sensory processing sensitivity, or someone who is highly sensitive will automatically be aware of more going on both outside and inside of themselves.  In a very busy and hectic world this can make things very overwhelming and difficult.  If you’re sensitive, something like being around noise that seems excessively loud to you all day, can lead to you feeling burned out, overwhelmed, exhausted and may even lead to increased sensitivity because your nervous system became overwhelmed with the amount of information it received.  This can even lead to unusual physical symptoms.  Example’s may include feeling burning sensation in your nerve endings or perceiving brightness inside your brain that causes pain and discomfort or other symptoms that are not easily explained and are often not perceived by others. 
 
Research has shown that if you’re a sensitive person your brain will actually demonstrate increased activity especially in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy and awareness.  This might mean that your brain is receiving more messages than the average person, or perhaps your brain responds more strongly to the messages it receives.  It is this brain activity that can cause you to feel someone else’s pain as if it were your own, or to be very aware of the subtle changes or things around or within yourself.
 
So, what can Chiropractic do for you? 
 
Chiropractic deals with your nervous system.  For someone who has sensory processing sensitivity this becomes very important.  Your nervous system is sending messages to your brain every second of every day and your brain is responding through your nervous system to instigate a change and keep your body running well.
 
The Chiropractic Adjustment helps you in 2 major ways. 
 
First, it helps activate your parasympathetic nervous system.  This is the part of your nervous system that mitigates and regulates your stress response.  It helps you relax, lowers your stress levels and is in a large part responsible for your feelings of peace and well being.  This is also the part of the nervous system that lowers feelings of hyper-vigilance and hyper-sensitivity.  You also need your parasympathetic nervous system working well in order to sleep well as to digest your food properly.
 
Second, under Chiropractic Care your brain and your body will be able to communicate better with each other.  Tension on the spinal cord may affect the quality of the messages that pass from the brain through your spinal cord and go on to supply whichever organ or tissue those specific nerves are responsible for.  Under chiropractic care and with improved posture and alignment, you will be able to decrease the tension on your spinal cord, allowing for optimum flow and communication between your brain and body.
 
If you have sensory processing sensitivity, Chiropractic Care may be able to make a big difference for you!

You might ask; what results can I expect from Chiropractic Care?  The answer is, I don’t know.  Each person gets slightly different results from Chiropractic Care, and it will depend on you and your body.  
 
What I do know is that under care you and your child will be healthier!  When your spine is aligned and your nervous system is functioning properly you have greater potential to create health!  I invite you to come and discover how Chiropractic may be able to help you and your family be healthy.  
 
I’d love to hear from you!  Please email me your questions, requests or share your story.  You can also follow Gentle Hands Healing Centre on Facebook or share this message with your friends and family!
 
Until next time,
 
Andrea
 
ps — While you might not consider yourself to be sensitive, if you feel stressed out, let’s have a conversation.  And if you know someone with a sensitive child, please share this message with them!