Our bodies are ingeniously designed to handle and adapt to stress to keep us alive.
To keep us alive? Yes and that is problem with stress for people now days.
Let me explain. Our bodies response to stress is perfect if, for example, we were about to be attacked by a bear.
Our bodies would respond with increased heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, blood lipid levels, cortisol, clotting factors, insulin resistance, blood cholesterol, and more. (What are some of the major “diseases” today?) This helps us to survive cuts and injuries and give our muscles energy to fight or run (fight or flight sound familiar?).
Speaking of muscles, they do certain things to. Your upper back tightens and shoulders come up and forward, your chest tightens, your shoulders round, your ribs constrict and your chest bone pulls in to protect your vital organs with a bony cage. (How are you sitting right now?)
And certain things are decreased because they are not important at the moment. Your ability to digest food, fall and stay asleep, short term memory, ability to sit still, ability to concentrate, ability to learn, serotonin levels, cellular immunity, and anabolic hormones are decreased. (Also sound familiar?)
All of this is great, to get away from a bear. But, what about having this stress response every day? Is that so great?
No. You actually start adapting to these new patterns to the stress cycle and they become “normal” for you. (Have you ever heard of someone on blood pressure meds and they keep having to be increased? The body still wants higher blood pressure.)
But there are things you can do and Chiropractic actually can help break this stress cycle and get your body back to normal.
Your chiropractor in Overland Park,
Dr. Travis Heckes D.C.