Chiropractic Advice – Episode #4 – How Stress Affects Performance

Chiropractor Shares Experiences w/ Treating Stress-Induced Digestive Problems & Performance Anxiety

Dr. John Battershill NW Calgary Chiropractor

Many scientists and healthcare providers would agree that stress makes the body more hospitable for disease, like cancer, for example, as it can take its toll on the body in several different ways.

Unfortunately, stress seems to be a part of the daily routine in adult life; disciplining the kids, paying the bills and taking heat at work happen often and can have anyone’s blood pressure skyrocketing through the roof in just a few short moments.

Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with stress because there are effective ways to get relief.

Hello, my name is Dr. Battershill, chiropractor at Revelation Health Centre in Calgary. I’m proud to say that I’ve had had much success in providing drug-free, holistic stress relief treatments since I began practicing almost 30 years ago.

Whether you are writing an exam, performing on stage or going into an athletic competition, I understand the mechanisms of stress and can help you with whatever performance you are undertaking related to your life and things you love to do.


Athletes & Competition

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A prime example of how stress can affect athletes would be the performance anxiety that Jordan Spieth experienced in the Masters two years ago when he chugged the ball twice into the water and took a seven-stroke score on a par three.

In short, his anxiety had cost him the Masters on the PGA Tour, one of the most renowned and revered championships to win as a professional golf player.


Students & Exams

Another good example of how stress affects performance is looking at students and tests. Studying for an important exam can be stressful and raise cortisol levels in the body, a substance which is known specifically to cause memory loss.

Test anxiety essentially puts students under long-term stress and increases their cortisol levels which can ultimately lead to forgetfulness the moment they walk into the exam room.


Stress Affects Digestion

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Stress can greatly affect blood flow to the digestive system. When stress activates your body’s “fight or flight” response in the central nervous system, digestion is put on “hold” in a sense which diverts blood flow to other parts of the body and away from the stomach.

When I played football professionally with the Calgary Stampeders in the late 1970’s, there was one guy on my team that would always have his pre-game meal just three hours before it was time to play. He would come to the stadium to get ready afterwards while revving up his stress in anticipation leading up to game time.

Because of stress, his pre-game meal that he ate was not digested or passed down into his small intestine, so he would often vomit it up. This is one of many stress reactions people experience when public speaking, writing an exam, or playing athletics. I call it performance anxiety.

The result of a lack of blood flow to the gut because of stress means you will not absorb your food properly while creating low-energy and internal toxicity. It can also potentially create an environment in your body that is more prone to catching the flu while also decreasing your capability to digest protein and minerals which will directly weaken your joints over longer periods of time.

I’ve helped athletes and students alike overcome stress that has adversely affected their performance through chiropractic care, nutrition and supplementation, as well as other advanced methods, and I know I can help you as well!

Call Revelation Health Centre today and find out what we can do for you! Learn more about How Chiropractic Care Can Help w/ Digestive Problems.

                 – Dr. John Battershill, D.C.

Chiropractor Acupuncture Kensington Calgary Alberta


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