Stress is defined as a reaction to any internal or external stimuli that upsets normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health.
People that live stressful lives have an extremely high chance of developing vertebral *subluxations. Over the months, or years, the health of this person will slowly decrease, as their nerve supply will gradually degenerate their bodies. By removing these *subluxations, with spinal adjusting, these people can live a better and healthier life.
There are three types of stress:
Physical Stress; being born, slips and falls, repetitive motions, postural distortions (falling asleep with your neck twisted) and also whiplash injuries from car accidents are physical stresses.
Mental Stress; Frustration, grieving the loss of a loved one and depression. (Ever noticed the posture of someone who is depressed?)
Chemical Stress; Pollen, alcohol, preservatives, tobacco and drugs.
These three types of stresses all have negative affects on your body, especially on the nervous system if the stress builds up and is not dealt with. Chronic stress can contribute to; high blood pressure, damage of muscle tissue, diabetes, infertility, damage to the immune response and slowed healing from disease and injury. Stress has also been linked in human research with cardiovascular disease.
Ever felt the negative effects that stress has on you’re body? The neck and back pain, knots in the shoulder, headaches, muscular pains and fatigue. What can you do to stop having these negative effects on your body? Stop stressing? Easier said than done in most cases!!
Stress cannot be eliminated and unfortunately a Chiropractor cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world. What Chiropractic care can do is help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage.
How stress relates to Chiropractic?
Chiropractors work with the spine and nerves. Nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. One effect Chronic stress can cause on the body is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressure on the bony structures of the body, often leading to misalignment of the spinal column. (*Subluxations)
Chiropractors are able to identify the areas of the nervous system that are impacted negatively by stress through the *subluxations in the spine. The adjustments that a Chiropractor does release muscle tension, reduce spinal nerve irritation, improve blood circulation, which all helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state allowing the body to function normally.
*Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body
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Mahanidis T. & Russell, D. Improvement in Quality of Life in a Patient with Depression Undergoing Chiropractic Care Using Torque Release Technique: A Case Study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2010.