How do we go about having a stress-free summer?
Let’s first understand what stress means.
Merriam-Webster defines stress as: A physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be involved in causing some diseases.
What’s important about this definition is that it clearly implies that stress has an effect on our mental state and our bodies.
The question is, how does it affect our bodies and our mental state?
We all have a capacity for stress, in other words there’s a threshold for stress that we can all handle. When that level is surpassed, our body creates a something called a subluxation. A subluxation is a misaligned vertebrae in the spinal column. This is a very important survival mechanism which keeps us alive in the short-term. However, in the long-term can cause significant health problems.
Subluxations occur when we can no longer adapt the level of stress in our life. Subluxation is the biggest producer of stress hormones in our bodies. It’s signals a part of the brain call the hypothalamus which is the link between the electricity of the nervous system and our hormone system to begin releasing adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are very important in the short-term such as moments of crisis or when we need to escape danger. However when they are released for a long time, it throws all of our other hormones and physiology out of balance ultimately leading to a decline in our health.
So what do we do about this? Having subluxation removed by a chiropractor through applying a gentle force into the spinal column called an adjustment, the hypothalamus is signalled to stop releasing adrenaline and cortisol and our hormonal system comes back into balance. Over time it also improves our ability to adapt to stressors, meaning our threshold for stress increases and we can handle more stressors in our life with less negative effect on our health. How cool is that?
The current medical school of thought is it stress is involved in about 80% of all disease and chronic illness.