The first thing we need to understand about stress, is that there are three different types of stress that can occur in the body; Physical, Mental, & Chemical (which we will cover more in depth a little latter) and that are all perceived equally by the body. This means that the slip and fall, fast approaching work deadline, and preservatives in junk food all effect your bodies physiology the same way. With that being said we also need to understand that not all stress is bad for the body. For example a 30 minute high intensity workout at the gym for a fit 25-year old is actually a good stress. However that exact same workout for your 80 year old grandmother would likely be bad stress for her.
Some examples of physical stress include; postural distortions (sitting slouched over for a long period of time), traumatic injuries like whiplash from a car accident, or constant repetitive motions (mopping the floor), are examples of physical stresses.
Have you ever slept through your alarm? gotten pulled over on your way to work because your are running late and speeding? lost a family member or loved one? Have you noticed the changes in your posture or the way you carry your self when things aren’t going well or your a little depressed, or frustrated? These are common forms of emotional stress.
Today’s day an age we are constantly surrounded by chemicals. From the preservatives in most foods these days, to exhaust fumes on your drive to work, alcohol, even the different types of pollen in the spring and fall as well as a host of other substances in our environments all have an affect our muscle tome and more importantly our nervous system.
How Chiropractic can help
Here at Clearview Family Chiropractic, we want to first determine the primary factors of your stress like where it is originating from and how it is manifesting in your body through a proper examination and structural radiographs (if necessary) to locate the underlying cause of your stress rather than masking the secondary symptoms. One of the most important things we can do as Chiropractors is to improve the bodies ability to adapt to the stressors by improving the balance of their central nervous system which is the major component to in managing the stress we encounter. We are able to do this by locating and removing misalignments or subluxations in the body. Subluxations can affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons and blood supply to your spine but more importantly, cause irritation and inflammation to the surrounding nerves creating a disruption in the nerve pathways between the brain and body effecting how well you are able to adapt to the different types of stress you encounter in you day to day life leading to many different types of secondary symptoms of stress. If it is determined that we can help you we will utilize gentle Chiropractic adjustments to help align the spine which allows the nervous system to function optimally therefore helping the body adapt to daily stress, as well as wellness lifestyle education to teach and empower our patients on different ways that they can reduce how their daily stress effects theirs body function. Depending on the severity of the condition and taking previous ailments and other limiting factors into consideration often times our patients begin to see results in just a few visits however it is important to maintain a healthy spine as it is the major protection mechanism for the central nervous system which is vital to ones overall health.
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