Stress and tension results because of years of abusing or neglecting your body and health (poor posture, accidents, lack of exercise, emotional stress, poor diet). Over time, they can negatively affect your day-to-day life. The spine is particularly vulnerable and its dysfunction can lead to musculoskeletal and organic complaints.
Long before you experience any symptoms or external signs of poor health, you will begin to cause imbalance in the body itself. Imagine a tower that is supported by wires and braces. If the tension isn't correct, in time it can begin to lean or worse it may collapse. A chiropractor is specially trained to detect early signs of stress, and using spinal adjustments and other techniques, your chiropractor can treat many of the common problems we experience.
How Well Do You Adapt to Stress?
Not all stress is bad. A 20-minute workout for a fit and trim 65-year old is good stress. The same workout for an out-of-shape 35-year old would likely be bad stress! Depending on your body's ability to adapt to stress, you will have a different reaction than others that experience the same stress. Whether your body considers stress good or bad is largely a function of how well it can adapt to it. Ultimately, this capacity is based on the condition of your nervous system. ??Stress is part of everyday living. In fact, a stress-free life would be boring! Life is enjoyable when we have ample resources to experience and overcome the stresses we face. ??If you lack the reserves to adapt to stress in a healthy way, it takes a toll. If your body reacts by "tripping a circuit breaker," causing vertebral fixations, chiropractic care is likely to help.
How can stress affect my spine?
Think of your spinal cord as a guitar string. The greater the tension, the higher the note. Your nervous system has "tone" as well. With each stressor, your body tightens up, like bracing yourself for a tight curve on a roller coaster. The weakest joints of your spine are forced out of their normal position. Like the shrill notes from an over-tightened string, your body loses its capacity to respond to the full range of human experience. And ill health can result.
Can chiropractic care solve all my stress?
Of course not! Much of the emotional stress we experience is largely self-induced. Imagine how much pain and suffering result from attaching inappropriate meanings to events in our lives. Or the constant burden we experience by not forgiving others. Stress is a natural part of life. Chiropractic care can't eliminate stress, but it can help increase your capacity to adapt to it.