The media has been alive with reports and counter reports of Gordon Browns bullying. The Telegraph reported rumours that the Prime Minister had shoved an aide aside, that he had sworn at officials and was fond of throwing mobile phones across the room. They also reported that the back seat of his prime ministerial Daimler was covered in pen marks inflicted in anger and while we, as mere mortals may never know fact from fiction, one thing that chiropractors know for sure is that stress is a sign of nervous system overload.
We experience the world through our nervous system. D.D. Palmer stated that “Life is the expression of tone” Tone is the normal degree of nerve tension, likened to the strings of a guitar. When tightened to the right degree a beautiful sound is made, tightened beyond its capabilities and the guitar string snaps. The same is true with our nervous system. A little stress can be productive, however lots of stress over long periods of time can result in “snapping” – which is what we can read into Mr Brown’s alleged reactions to life’s daily irritations. Accumulated stress causes emotional (and sometimes physical) reactions. The modern world has become increasingly complex, and the demands on our time and attention, unrelenting. Health practitioners are becoming increasingly aware of many illnesses being caused, or worsened by stress. Stress is so common that most people just take it for granted.
One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension (as in the case of the guitar). Muscle tension can create uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body leading to minor misalignments of the spinal column, often leading to nerve irritation. Chiropractors are Spinal Nerve Specialists who work with the spine which houses the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, allowing the body to return to a more balanced and relaxed state with patients often reporting improved sleep as an unexpected bonus.
Your chiropractor cannot create a calmer, quieter world or make your job less stressful, however they can help your nervous system respond more positively to the stressors in your environment.
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