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Effects of Constant Stress

woman stressedThe response of our bodies to stress was developed at a time when we were more vulnerable to the natural world in our daily quest to acquire survival needs of shelter, water, food and clothing. We call this “the fight/flight response” and use the example of coming face to face with a Saber-Toothed Tiger. We have adapted to either flight (run away) or fight to the death of either you or the tiger.

These days the chances of a tiger attacking you are pretty slim. But our flight or fight response still kicks in when we are faced with stressful situations. And for many people under constant or repeated stress they are always in fight or flight mode and that is not a good thing. Your body and the chemicals produced by this stress response don’t know the
difference between a tiger and the person you are arguing with.

Chronic Stress and Anxiety

Our body wisdom meanwhile is wondering why you aren’t running or fighting. When this happens repeatedly over long periods of time it obviously leads to health problems. It also leads to chronic stress and anxiety and all of the associated ailments that go along with them.

What does this have to do with chiropractic? Research has shown that people who are under constant stress and are suffering from the consequences of that, not only have these problems but they more importantly have problems with how their nervous system is functioning.

Chiropractors Removing The Interference

The philosophy and science of chiropractic teaches us that all health challenges boil down to the inability to adapt to the onslaught of physical, chemical and emotional challenges we experience every single day.

Our body’s ability to adapt to internal and external health challenges and mount a response is the key to overcoming the results of the physical, chemical and emotional stresses that fundamentally cause all human ailments – if we cannot adapt to those stresses. One of the most important ways chiropractors help us be healthy is to make sure the nervous system is not being obstructed and the connections are good. This is because the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body.

Chiropractors aren’t “treating” the stress or the anxiety. Chiropractors are removing the interference and obstructions. And once this is done the cascade of chemicals reduces, you are better able to adapt to your environment, the healing begins and recovery is hastened.

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