Whether it’s emotional, physical or spiritual, we’ve all dealt with stress at some point in our life. We all know what it’s like to experience stress. In fact, stress is quickly becoming a sort of new normal in today’s hectic, fast-paced, high-pressure society.
What is stress?
stress is the state of emotional or mental strain, pressure, or tension that result from difficulties, adverse situations, or extremely demanding circumstances.
Your ability to handle loud noise, screaming children, deadlines from work or witnessing a violent act is very different from mine. This makes it difficult to pin down a precise, universal definition.
What are the symptoms of stress?
Stress symptoms can affect the entire body, both physically and mentally. Common symptoms of stress include:
- Inability to focus
- Sleep problems
- Muscle tension
- Lower back pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Lack of motivation
- Chest pain
- Feelings of being overwhelmed
- Decrease or increase in sex drive
- Undereating or overeating
How do stress symptoms affect health?
Stress forces us to adapt and get better. The problem is when there is failed adaptation. Some people deal with situations that others would consider to be stressful, yet they never exhibit the first symptom. This again speaks to the subjective nature of stress.
Stress symptoms can lead to some very serious Conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even certain cancers. Psychologically, it can lead to social withdrawal and social phobias and even shrinkage of the brain. It is also often directly linked to alcohol and drug abuse.
How can chiropractic help relieve stress symptoms?
The most harmful effect of stress first occurs in the brain. Therefore, strategies and solutions to minimize and cope with the effects of stress must begin with the brain. And If you already understand that chiropractic is all about improving Brain and Nerve function, then it should be pretty clear as to how chiropractic can help reduce stress.
Scientists conducted a 2017 study on the brain utilizing a $3 million PET (Positive Emission Tomography) scan. PET scans provide images that allow doctors to check for diseases and adverse function in the body including brain activity. Part of the exam is to inject a special dye with radioactive tracers into a vein of the arm. Organs and tissue absorb the tracers and allow the PET scanner to evaluate function while measuring an array of data ranging from blood flow to oxygen use and much more. Doctors primarily use PET scans to test for cancer and to evaluate the function of the heart, brain, and nervous system.
The 2017 study evaluated the effects of a Chiropractic adjustment using the PET scan technology on 21 different subjects. The PET scan determined that brain function increased and stress levels decreased in every single subject. Measurements also recorded the occurrence of multiple changes in brain activity. Movement, Posture, emotions, learning, and memory centers of the brain all improved after the Chiropractic adjustment.
Brain processing experienced a reduction in fight or flight activity and led to the relaxation in the brain and reduced tension in muscles. Measurements also showed an 80% decreased level of stress chemicals in the saliva of those subjects who received chiropractic adjustments compared to “control” subjects.
Chiropractic plays a vital role in helping men and women of all ages overcome the effects of stress without dangerous drugs and chemicals.