Stress hides in the body. If it is not forced out it will stay and get comfortable making you uncomfortable.
“The type of stress that human beings are under really differs from animals in the wild” according to Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D who wrote the book “Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Animals in the wild normally encounter stress for around 3 minutes and then it is over or they end up deceased. But we are human beings and we have different types of stress. For instance a demanding boss, work deadlines, unpaid bills, children to look after or elderly parents that need care on top of all of the other daily duties someone may have going on.
Stress left unattended and not taken care of will lead to symptoms. Here are some of the places you will see symptoms and how chiropractic can help.
1. Hormones: When stressed, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol. It can lead to memory loss, depression, and causes swelling in the body.
2. Your Hair: Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that chronic stress contributes to heart attacks by conducting a study on individuals admitted to the hospital who had heart attacks and took hair samples from each. They found higher levels of cortisol on these individuals which affirmed their hypothesis.
3. Your Nervous System: When you’re stressed, your sympathetic nervous system kicks in which elevates the same hormones used primitively when we were cave people. This system is called “fight or flight” sharpens your vision, pumps your blood faster, makes you breathe faster and puts your muscles in active mode ready to flee or protect yourself.
The amount of stress each person has can lead to different levels but most times it leads to tightness in the neck, shoulders and back. It can also lead to constipation/diarrhea, headaches, loss of sleep etc. All of these areas and basically any area of the body are controlled by the nervous system.
4. Your Gut
Stress can even alter the way your body processes fat, causing you to store more acid in your abdomen. This leads to acid reflux heartburn and pain in the abdomen.
So how does chiropractic help with this? Well, we don’t only help people with athletic injuries and neck and back pain. Those are things that we have great success with but when we administer our treatment we ignite the power of your nervous system to work at its best.
The nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is connected to all of the organs, muscles and basically anything in the body. Stress builds up and tries to hide in these areas but once treatment has been administered to the spinal cord, the stress can clear its way out. That is the amazing thing about what we do! Not to mention, I use a machine that tracks stress in the body and tells me where it is so I can monitor it and track progress through care.
My sports background allows me to help with injuries and pain but while we are working on that, we might as well work on YOU to make sure you are getting the most out of life as stress free as you can be!