During our busy everyday lives, we experience different forms of stress such as physical stress (accidents, falls, lifting heavy objects, etc.), emotional stress (responsibilities, work, relationships, etc.), and chemical stress (processed foods, drugs, water pollution, etc.)
These stresses have a profound effect on our body physiology and our health. Our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is all completely integrated. Stress can upset the balance of the gut, change blood pressure, hormonal balances, contribute to headaches, anxiety, depression, any number of obvious whole-body effects. Under stress, the whole nervous system is effected too. The brain is the control system for the body, and it is connected to the body via a network of nerves through the spine. Under various kinds of stress, spinal joints become dysfunctional. This dysfunction can produce pain and immobility, but more significantly it can affect the nerve signalling between brain and body. The control system of our body can be disrupted by spinal joint dysfunction.
Chiropractors call this effect subluxation. Disruption to the nerve system will inevitably result in some form of body dysfunction. This could mean the body’s organs, tissues, and cells are either over-worked or under-worked, which can lead to disease.
For over 115 years, chiropractors have empowered people to understand that every function of the body is controlled and directed through the nervous system. Health comes from within. When the nervous system is clear from any interference and the communication from the brain to organs and tissues is 100%, the body is able to function normally and express good health.
Children experience stress and anxiety just as adults do. Their days are jam packed with school work, sports activities, music, spending time with friends and peer pressure. A child’s stress is just as real as an adult’s stress. Stress in children (and adults) can also lead to a lowered immune system. As a result of a stressed immune system, kids can become more susceptible to common illnesses like ear infections, headaches, common colds, and other viruses.
What Chiropractors Do
Chiropractors focus on the importance of a healthy spine as it relates to the healthy function of the nervous system. The master control centre of the body is the nervous system (made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves). The spinal bones serve, not only to protect the delicate spinal cord but also provide the body with stability, movement and good posture. Now you can see why chiropractors are so concerned about making sure your spine is healthy and maintained throughout life.
Chiropractic care is a health care approach based upon the body’s natural ability to heal itself and is a very important step in a commitment to optimal health. When we take responsibility for the choices we make regarding health, we give ourselves the best opportunity to achieve our health goals.
It may not be possible to remove the stress from a busy life. However, with the help of your chiropractor, your body can respond better to the unique challenges you face.