Highly stressed people are 65% more likely to suffer from back pain and muscle tensions
than those with low stress. (1)
51% of people with high levels of stress over debt report muscle pain and back pain compared with
31% of those who have lower stress over debt. (2)
We all live with stress. A number of us McHenry folks deal with it better than others. Why is that? Why does one person develop ulcers, skin irritation, heart disease, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, back pain (3), or even in some cases try suicide? OrthoIllinois Chiropractic keeps up on the research that gives us clues as to how stress affects our patients’ bodies and offers gentle chiropractic care to relieve the nervous system’s stressed nerves!
Be confident that your McHenry chiropractor understands the workings of the nervous system and how it affects the outward signs of stress. Basically there are two kinds of involuntary nerves in us humans: sympathetic and parasympathetic. Each system’s nerves behave a bit differently.
- The sympathetic nervous system acts in flight, flight, sex, and is highly stimulated by thought and actions.
- The parasympathetic nervous system is the calming part of the autonomic nervous system.
They manage body functions such as heart beat and rhythm, respiration, blood pressure, digestion, hormone production, emotion, memory, muscle function, and hundreds of other body functions. When these two parts of the involuntary nervous system are balanced we feel good, and we say we are in a state of homeostasis (good health). OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has homeostasis as a mission for all of our McHenry patients!
Now when these two parts of the nervous system are not balanced, disease sets in to affect body functions. A big example of imbalance lies in the brain structures known as the hippocampus and the amygdala.
- The hippocampus is our memory of all things that have happened or are happening in our lives.
- The amygdala is the emotion center of the brain which regulates our feelings and attitudes.
It had been thought that chronic stress caused remodeling in the hippocampus and amygdala that were responsible for our reactions to stress. New research in animal studies has shown that this is not true. Nerve structures called dendrites within the hippocampus and amygdala are remarkably stable in the light of a genetic predisposition to high versus low stress reactivity.
However, the density of the dendrites are significantly higher in low stress compared to intermediate or high stress animals. It is concluded that it is the complex dendrite formation within the spine that contributes to the behavioral actions of low stress versus high stress animals. (4)
So at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic, your McHenry chiropractor understands the importance of spinal manipulation to relieve stress. This new research suggests that the principles of chiropractic spinal manipulation are founded on science and have definite clinical benefit in relieving the body's reactions to stress. If you want to feel better by reducing your reactions to the normal or exaggerated stresses of daily living, consult OrthoIllinois Chiropractic as soon as possible. Your McHenry chiropractic physician studies and therefore knows the specific spine levels that stress exhibits its pain and loss of motion.
Contact us today to get on the road to a less stressful life!