How Stress Affects Our Quality Of Life
In order to create the best results in the shortest period of time, it’s important for our new practice members to understand our approach.
The human body functions through the intrinsic electrical connections from the brain to all regions of the body. If the electrical connections become interrupted, the body works less efficiently and tries to let us know through the production of SYMPTOMS. When physical, chemical and emotional stresses exceed the electrical system’s ability to accommodate them (OVERLOAD), a defensive physiology comes about as a reaction (similar to a circuit breaker popping out from a thunderstorm!)
Some of the more common stress defense physiology changes include:
Muscle tone changes, alteration in blood pressure, problems with digestion, sleeping, allergies, immune issues, mental clarity and focus, low energy and more.
When we work together with the same objectives and goals, our clients get better faster, less expensively and are happier.”
“We understand that many people try chiropractic as a last resort when everything else has failed,” Dr. Bryan Siegel says. “It’s natural to be skeptical of things you don’t understand. That’s why we go overboard in explaining everything in detail.” Of course, chiropractic can help with back and neck pain, but we also have a very high success rate with other conditions.
Here are some indicators of a state of chronic stress. If you experiencing any of these please contact me today, and see what our revolutionary process can do for your quality of life. Once your body is relieved of stress and placed into a state of balance, it will immediately begin the healing process. I’ll bet you wouldn’t have felt this good in years!
- Limited Memory
- Lack of concentration
- Poor thinking clarity
- Poor judgement
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Feeling tense and “on edge”
- Agitation or short temper
- Irritability, impatience
- Inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Backaches / Sciatica
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Using alcohol or drugs to relax
- Overdoing activities
- Teeth drinding or jaw clenching
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Stress Quotes
Stress: The Silent Killer
Humans are not adapted to the pervasive complex stress of modern times. Our stress levels are doubling every 10 years. And it’s only getting worse. Recent research suggests that anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of illness today is stress-related. According to the American Medical Association, “We are in the midst of the worst degenerative disease crisis in the history of humankind.”
Stress increases production of the stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol, also called the “death hormone” compromises your ability to fight off disease and infection, increases aging, can cause weight gain, insomnia, fertility problems, and can even stunt growth in children.
Everyone reacts to stress differently. Each body sends out it’s own set of red flags. According to the American Psychological Association, some people may not even feel the physical or emotional warning signs until hours or days of stressful activities. But when you notice a stiff back or that you are snapping at your friends, pay attention to the signs and listen to what your body is telling you. The warning signs of stress are not to be taken lightly or ignored. By noticing how you respond to stress, you can manage it better and in healthy ways, which will help your body correct itself, reducing the high cost and care of chronic, long-term health problems.
75-90% of primary care physician visits are for stress related problems Time Magazine’s June 6, 1983 cover story called stress “The epidemic of the Eighties”, and referred to it as our leading health problem. There can be little doubt that the situation has worsened since then. Numerous surveys confirm that adult Americans perceive that they are under much more stress than a decade ago. A 1996 Prevention Magazine survey found that almost 75% feel that they have “great stress” one day a week with one out of three indicating that they feel this way more than twice a week.
Types of Stress
Persistent, Chronic, Low-Level Stress!
We now know that persistent, chronic, low-level stress is a major cause of turmoil and suffering. Acute physical, chemical or mental stressors that have a well-defined beginning and end are something we are well designed to handle. It’s the pervasive, on-going, ever-present stress of day-to-day living that we now see as the real villain.
Chronic, unrelenting stress involves demands that cause the wisdom of the body to divert energy normally used to maintain balanced thought and physical homeostasis. This diverted energy is then ready to be used for fight or flight. Energy focus is changed from inward to outward. This is proper if there is a real threat to life and limb.
Emotional: Fear, Worry, Anger, Resentment, Negative Auto Suggestion, etc.
Physical/Chemical: Slips, Falls, Jars, Strains, Accidents, Over Work, Not Enough Rest, Toxic Poisoning, Malnutrition, Bacterial Invasion, Over Eating, etc.
Two Kinds of Stressful Events
Simple: Obvious, Overt Situations Involving Pain and/or High Emotional Content, that have a very definite beginning and a very clear ending, such was experienced by a primitive hunter meeting a wild beast in the jungle.
Complex/Contemporary: Involving stressful events that are, less defined, subtler, pervasive, and insidious.
Simple vs. Complex Stress: Simple stresses are those that can be overcome quickly allowing the body to return to homeostasis. However, with the more complex stresses of modern societies, the danger may seem unavoidable and unending. Time pressures, money worries, chemical pollution, job challenges, prescription drugs, poor nutrition, threat of terrorism, overwork, and environmental pollution are unrelenting. Without a clear ending, the body becomes trapped in a defensive, energy wasting, outer-reactive state.
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North Scottsdale Chiropractic Wellness Center
9943 East Bell Road #113
Scottsdale, AZ 85260