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Feeling vs Function – What Does It Mean and Why Is It Important to You?

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Our bodies are great at getting us to a functional state of being even although there may be something underlying going on. Headaches, digestive issues, tiredness, and a whole host of other symptoms may be warning signs that there is undue stress on your nervous system.

The usual approach for the treatment of these problems and for more serious conditions is, of course, the use of medication to reduce the presenting symptoms. Chiropractic care, however, aims to deal with the underlying cause of the symptoms, giving long-term relief and reducing dependence on medication.

What Does Feeling vs Function Actually Mean?

Feeling vs function is a common term in chiropractic care that aims to illustrate the relationship that our body has with our nervous system.

Our nervous system can be broken down into three main parts: Autonomic, Motor, and Sensory. Each of these plays a very distinct and important role in our bodies as a whole.

Autonomic – Controls blood vessels, organs, and glands.

Problems include the following:

  • Tiredness
  • Digestive problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Sinus/allergy issues


Motor – Controls the muscles.

Problems include the following:

  • Tightness
  • Weakness
  • Spasms
  • Fatigue


Sensory – This is where you feel. Communicates pain, position, and temperature.

You will feel the following:

  • Pain
  • Hot or cold
  • Issues related to posture


The sensory section of our nervous system only accounts for a very small percentage of the entire system, estimated at around 20%. This means that you can have issues with the motor or autonomic portions that are causing dysfunction in your body, but you may not actually be feeling them as the sensory nerves are not involved.

What Does This Mean for You?

Recognizing the difference between feeling good and functioning well means that we can realize the potential of treating any symptoms or subluxations proactively and before they start to worsen. We may be feeling relatively well in our day to day lives, aside from being just a little tired, or we may have been told that we have high blood pressure by our doctor but feel fine in general. These are not symptoms to be ignored; they are signs that our bodies are not “functioning” at their highest potential.

The aim of chiropractic care is to identify the underlying cause of these symptoms and reduce the pressure that is present on the nervous system in order to bring about optimal health.

How We Can Help

A common misconception is that chiropractic care is only useful for treating back or neck pain or for helping to improve your posture. While chiropractic care is a great option for these problems and studies have continued to show this, scientific, neurology-based chiropractic care is an effective method of treating many conditions that can trace their roots back to the nervous system.

Here at Greater Life Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the most up to date and effective methods in chiropractic care. Our mission focuses on bringing you and your family to optimum health and enabling you to live a fuller and more functional lifestyle.

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