Are You Stressed? See Your Chiropractor!
Did you know that regular check-ups at the Chiropractor can help your body deal with stress?
You may experience physical, emotional and / or chemical stressors every day. Your body is designed to deal with these stresses, but not without compensating one way or another. Go too long without hitting your body’s “reset” button, and stress-related health complications may begin to arise.
The good news is that Chiropractic Care is a proven and effective way to manage stress. Whether you experience physical, emotional or chemical stress, your Chiropractor can help!
So, what is the difference between physical, emotional and chemical stresses anyways?
This type of stress would include things such as a blunt-force trauma or perhaps repetitive movement that result in muscle strains. Athletes often experience physical stresses because of the intense training and competition they are engaged in.
If you work in a laborious job and perform repetitive motions while using tools, it may cause a strain in your soft tissues, for example. Anything that damages your soft tissues or other physiological components of your body would be considered a physical stress.
Emotional stress can come from all sorts of places and sometimes even hit you harder than a blunt-force trauma will. Maybe its your wife or husband that’s upset at something you’ve done which is causing you to be emotionally stressed. Maybe a loved one just passed away. Perhaps you miss someone you love because they’re on vacation without you (we hope not!).
Whichever the reason is for your emotional stress, know that this type of stress can have considerable effects on the human body. For example, the release of certain hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline on a frequent basis may have your body always in “alert” mode, where a flight-or-fight reaction is imminent and your sympathetic nervous system is active, always.
Such a situation can result in increased risk of health problems, including:
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
- Memory impairment
- Focus impairment
- Sleep problems
- Digestive problems
Also see: Chiropractor Talks Anxiety & Depression.
Last, but not least are chemical stresses. The source for this type of stress is your environment: the air you breathe, the food you eat, or perhaps the medicine you take.
Chemical stresses can do serious harm to the body. In many cases, people with chemical stresses aren’t aware that it’s a chemical stressor causing them health issues and can sometimes be hard to diagnose.
Common symptoms of chemical stresses include:
- Vision disturbances
- Loss of appetite
- Weakened soft tissues
Evaluating Your Stress
As musculoskeletal and nervous system specialists, your Chiropractor will diagnose the type of stresses your experiencing and create an effective treatment plan to reduce symptoms and eliminate any associated health problems.
Dr. John Battershill has been helping patients overcome stresses in their life for more than 30 years. Below he discusses stress, the effects it has on the body and how Chiropractic Care can help you overcome it.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Stress Levels
“Your stress system is affected by emotional parameters, physical parameters, and chemical parameters. Such stressors are interpreted through the autonomic nervous system. That system has two components: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The sympathetic nervous system is the system that is the adrenaline, survival, fight or flight system. We all feel this system at work when we have a near miss driving on a slippery road, when we go into a weight room for a workout, or before we pick up the microphone to do a public speaking engagement.
A common factor in getting stuck in a stress reaction is a lack of blood flow to the stomach. This has major implications and affects the nervous system’s function and balance. This lack of blood flow can cause malabsorption, slowing down your metabolism. Bloating, cramping and indigestion can ensue and lead to a leaky gut, which can also lead to auto immune reactions.
Chiropractic care can help you avoid getting stuck in stress. Activation of the gut through Chiropractic spinal adjustments creates a reduction of sympathetic nervous system stress and an activation of the parasympathetic nervous system that feeds blood back to the digestive system and all other organ systems. As a result, your body will experience calmness and boosted digestive capabilities. No more leaky gut!
Many patients that come into my office have this imbalance between the sympathetic (stress) and parasympathetic (calming) parts of their nervous system. In many cases, this imbalance also leads to misalignment with the rib cage pulling up on one side and down on the other, causing tension in the low back, mid back, shoulders and neck.
Lowering your stress and all the negative effects of being stuck in ‘fight or flight’ is directly and positively affected by receiving Chiropractic adjustments to your spine. I encourage you to call Revelation Health to book an initial assessment and start correcting some of the stresses your body is taking on today!”
– Dr. John Battershill, D.C.
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