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How is stress affecting your life?

With the frenzied pace of today’s society, almost everyone is waging an unrelenting battle with stress. Today maintaining a high level of stress is considered “normal”- working long hours engaging in all kinds of activities and functioning on the least amount of sleep. Stress and anxiety not only destroys your peace of mind but it will also wreak havoc on your physical well being.

It is essential understand that the body and mind function together, rather than isolation. Consequently, emotional stress influences an individual’s physical well being. Specifically, stress may lead to a condition of vertebral subluxation. Subluxations are regions in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are out of alignment causing nerve interference. Studies indicate that subluxations can spur many ailments, including headache, carpal tunnel, back pain and ear infections.  Chiropractors use a holistic approach to combat the effects of stress on the nervous system.

Stress may aggravate back and neck pain by inhibiting the delivery of cytokines- chemical compounds that trigger healing-to wound sites. Research reveals that vertebral subluxations aggravate the muscular, skeletal and neuralgic factors associated with pain. That’s why chiropractic care focuses on correcting subluxations.

Slashing stress can cut down on colds, flu, and allergies. Psychological strain weakens the immune system, predisposing individuals to many common ailments. Emotional strain may cause infertility in women and maternal stress during pregnancy may result in low birth-weight in infants- a condition linked with multiple health problems. Keeping stress in check may stave off diabetes and their attacks allowing an individual to control their blood sugar better compared with an “emotional” individual.

You can counteract the physical aftermath of emotional stress. First, commit to a wellness life style. Focus on a more productive time management. Incorporate stress reduction techniques, Qigong, yoga, exercise, quality sleep, a positive deliberate focus. Most importantly regular chiropractic care to maintain the master system in your body that controls every function in your body, the nervous system.