Stress

About Stress 

Almost every disease we suffer today share one common denominator: stress. It’s everywhere, from family to work and even our hobbies. It’s safe to say we can’t avoid it despite all the harm and negative health consequences it can inflict. According to a study, 40% of Americans are concerned about the stress they’re under, and 20% end up seeking professional help because of it.

Stress Causes

Stress happens when the pituitary gland sends a burst of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and sends alarm bells ringing in the brain. It signals the adrenal glands to release stress hormones to your system, like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones can increase heart rate, blood pressure, shut down your digestive system, and cause significant changes in your immune system.

The body responds like this to stress, but vital signs don’t return to normal, and homeostasis is not achieved if it piles up one after the other. The long-term stress response can affect many systems—most commonly the digestive system—in the form of diarrhea and stomach aches. Your immune system also takes a considerable punch, leading to many diseases.

Recovering From Stress

Chiropractic care can help relieve stress in a lot of ways. One of these is the spine’s adjustment, which relaxes several muscles and releases tension in the body. This can help soothe the flight or fight response and lessens stress hormones circulating through the systems. We can also help you counsel in proper nutrition and exercise, which can contribute to stress relief. Call us today!