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stress and your (nervous) system

 

Many of the problems that show up in the body are the result of our attempts at accommodating stress.

Stress is part of everyday living, and the COVID-19 global pandemic is the biggest crisis to happen in our lifetime. Long story short–it’s understandable if you’re feeling extra stressed out these days.

The 3 Different Types of Stress

Emotional Stress

Fear, grief, anger and other emotions affect our entire body. Frustration, and a sense of powerlessness, both widely held emotions at this time of global uncertainty, are common forms of emotional stress.

Chemical Stress

Common causes of chemical stress include poor nutrition, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats. Drugs, preservatives, tobacco, alcohol, pollen and a host of other substances can affect our nervous system, muscle tone and spine.

Physical Stress

A whiplash injury from a car accident is an obvious source of physical stress. As is a slip and fall, lack of sleep or overdoing it in the garden. Early on, learning to walk, ride a bike and the birth process itself can be sources of physical stress.

A Relentless, Unseen Stress

Among the most prevalent stress we encounter is something you probably haven’t considered.

Our bodies are subjected to it 24/7. Even when we sleep.

It’s gravity.

Which most of us are equipped to handle with ease. When every joint is in proper alignment and functioning properly, we can turn, bend and move painlessly. In spite of gravity.

With many of us confined to work-from-home conditions, this is important to keep in mind when addressing posture. An ergonomically sound workstation, proper posture and frequent breaks for stretching help to minimize the effects of stress and gravity on our bodies.

The Result

When we encounter various stressors it results in inflammation, misalignment/miscommunication, and lack of balance within our nervous system.

The solution? Limiting stress and it’s various forms helps to improve our bodies ability to adapt; however, life is inevitably stressful. Regular chiropractic care helps to further remove stressors from the body, as well as helping to balance the nervous system.

Have you been adjusted recently in light of the added stress in your life?

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