Using Chiropractic Medicine
For Stress Management
The body's reaction to stress is meant to protect us as it
adjusts to its surroundings to maintain homeostasis. Under
stress, the sympathetic nervous system sends messages to
muscles, organs and glands that help the body to react.
These messages cause many changes to occur in the body.
After the threat has passed whether it was real or imagined the
body should return to its normal state. Problems arise when
there are too many stressors at one time or when stress is
prolonged. Stress is the main cause of poor health in our
Chiropractic medicine is based on the relationship between
the alignment of the spine and the function of the body and the
belief that the body can heal itself. Anxiety and stress attack
the weaker parts of the spine, and the spine causes headaches,
including migraines, neck and back pain along with general
muscle tension. These physical symptoms then lead back to
Chiropractic is a holistic therapy that recognizes the
overall health of the patient and the body's innate ability to
heal itself from physical, mental, and emotional stress and
trauma. Chiropractic medicine is one of the most popular health
care systems and probably the most widely accepted form of
alternative, or natural medicine.
Chiropractic treatments usually involve adjusting the joints
and bones in a person's spine using twisting, pulling, or
pushing movements. Some chiropractors use heat, electrical
stimulation, or ultrasound to help relax the person's muscles
before doing a spinal adjustment.
While different Chiropractors may use one or more different
methods and may counsel and advise their patients on nutrition
and exercise, drugs are never used. With use of manual
manipulation of the spine, Chiropractors believe they can
improve a person's health without surgery or medication.
Treatments have been shown to be highly effective in
treating back pain, tension headaches and other muscle and bone
aches and pains, all of which are negative symptoms that can be
directly attributed to stress.
Chiropractic medicine actually dates back to Ancient
Egyptian times. Its modern day use in Western society however
was not discovered until the mid 1890s.
Today's Stress Cure Fact
Workplace StressThe human body can adequately experience stress and react to it. Stress can be a positive thing, however too much stress or prolonged stress has negative effects on the body. Acute stress is the body's reaction to an immediate threat, whether it be real or perceived. This reaction is often referred to as the fight or flight response. Stressors such as physical or emotional trauma, or environmental factors such as noise, light and crowds can cause acute stress. These and other stressors activate the part of the brain called the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. This triggers the production and release of steroid hormones, particularly the primary stress hormone cortisol. coping with stress
In 1895, Dr. Daniel Palmer brought chiropractic medicine
into practice in America. He claimed that all health problems
could be prevented or treated by using adjustments of the spine
and other joints. This would be accomplished by correcting
vertebral subluxations, or signs and symptoms occurring as a
result of a misaligned segment of the spine.
The idea that all diseases were the result of subluxations
was in line with the common thinking of the day; that there was
one cause for disease. His belief was that these subluxations
cause nerve disruption, which in turn leads to disharmony
within the body and subsequently disease.
Guard against letting
negative thoughts take over when stress arises.
The best way to combat negative thinking is to,
only focus on your positive achievements every
Whenever you begin to notice you are having
negative thoughts, be sure to make yourself
focus on the positive things in your life.
While some of the thinking or modalities may be different
today, Chiropractic revolves around the premise that stress,
whether it is physical, chemical or emotional in nature,
affects the bodys ability to properly function and leads to