The modern world is becoming increasingly complex, and the demands on our time and attention are numerous. We are now often working longer hours, we’re exposed to more challenging situations and often more is expected of us. Our lives are becoming more stressful than ever before.
Stress = Physical, Emotional and Chemical responses occurring in the body due to (sometimes overwhelming) stresses one perceives. Stress, in its negative sense, may be defined as an imbalance of bodily system(s) due to excessive stimulus. This is called the “stress response” and can originate from irritating stimulus of a physical, chemical or mental external origin, called a “stressor”. Internal conditions such as emotional conflict, pain or illness as well as external circumstances, such as a death in the family, or financial problems can cause stress. Even positive experiences like a new baby or job promotion can provoke stress.
Medical research has suggested that up to eighty percent of all illness is stress related, or, at the very least, illness is escalated by stress! While stress is a part of life and at times difficult to avoid, if these stresses occur one after another, your body has inadequate time to recover. This long-term “stress-response” state can, over time, start to damage all of the body’s processes and systems. Chronic stress can damage the immune system, making people more susceptible to colds, flu or other infections.
Another effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading to the misalignment of the spine and irritation to the nervous system. This, is turn, has an impact on your body’s ability to heal as well as it’s ongoing response to future stressors. It becomes a vicious cycle as your body struggles to cope and ill health ensues.
When you add Chiropractic care to your healthcare routine, you give yourself an amazing opportunity to help the body “re-set” itself physically. Chiropractors are trained to find areas of the spine where there is misalignment of bone(s) that have resulted in a “tripped circuit breaker”, affecting the nerves and therefore the overall health potential of the body. When these bones are re-aligned by the Chiropractor, the “circuit” is restored, communication (“power”) is re-established to the body and it heals to its best capacity. This is a natural way to increase and maintain health.
Your Chiropractor may also be able to assess your specific needs for complementary supports, such as: specialized nutrition, massage, body support supplies and exercise…to name a few. Chiropractors recognize that each person has the privilege and responsibility to make and implement personal choices in their healthcare that will help them and perhaps the family they care for achieve their health and long-term quality of lifestyle goals. Chiropractic can help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage and live a more balanced, healthier lifestyle.