It is well known that emotional health is closely connected with overall physical health and wellbeing. However, the importance of maintaining emotional health is often overlooked in the pursuit of physical wellness. Stress, poor diet, limited exercise, toxicity, technology overuse and disturbed sleep directly impact emotional balance. As a result, one of the impacts of this emotional states can be very powerful and can even make us sick if not dealt with.
It is often extremely difficult to separate the mind from the body, even if we are not consciously aware of this connection. The way you think, feel and act affects the way your body reacts to it. This is called the “mind/body connection.” Your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right when you are stressed, anxious or upset. The way that we physically feel can greatly affect our mood. Depression and the feeling of isolation can be caused by chronic pain or dysfunction.
The world we live in is a busy one and it’s getting busier by the minute. This makes it so vitally important that we ensure our stress levels are being managed. Now what is stress exactly? Stress = physical, emotional, and chemical responses occurring in the body due to stresses one perceives. Stress can be caused by internal conditions such as emotional upset, pain, or illness and also by external circumstances, such as a death in the family, or financial problems. Even experiences that are positive like a new baby or a job promotion can provoke stress.
Recent research is indicating that up to 80% of all illness is stress related or, at the very least, illness is exacerbated by stress. Stress is a part of life and at times is difficult to avoid. Your body may not have adequate time to recover if these stresses are occurring quite consistently. Over time this long-term “stress-response” state can start to damage all of the body’s processes and systems. This in turn can damage the immune system, making people more susceptible to colds, flu or other infections.
Now how can chiropractic care help to deal with stress? Your body is an amazing machine that is completely connected from head to toe, side to side from inside to outside. Better balance in emotions and mood is created from balance in the nervous system. This creates more control in the body and awareness so the body can begin to release proper hormones and neurotransmitters at the proper times.
Chronic stress has the effect to cause prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading to the misalignment of the spine and irritation to the nervous system.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to bring balance to the nervous system, the control centre of the body, by correcting subtle disturbances in nerves with specific adjustments to spinal bones. Sequentially, has an impact on your body’s ability to heal as well as it’s ongoing response to future stressors. Poor health now takes place as this vicious cycle begins in your body, making it hard for it to cope.
Now just like you would add a skin care routine when your face is breaking out it’s the same with your health care routine. When you add chiropractic care you’re giving yourself an amazing opportunity to help the body “re-set” itself physically. It’s the Chiropractors job to find areas of the spine where there is misalignment of bone(s) that have resulted in a “blown fuse,” affecting the nerves and therefore the overall health potential of the body. When these bones are re-aligned by the chiropractor, the “circuit” is restored, communication is re-established to the body and it heals to its best capacity. This is a natural and non-invasive way to increase and maintain your health.
If in need of additional support, your chiropractor may also be able to assess your specific needs such as nutritional advice, massage, relaxation techniques and exercise. Chiropractors recognise that each person has the privilege and responsibility to make and implement personal choices in their health care that will help them, and their family achieve their health and long-term quality of lifestyle goals. Living a more balanced, healthier lifestyle can be achieved by developing healthy responses to stress and reducing potential physical damage.