Stress pervades our society in such a way that people have begun to think of it as normal! Essentially there are three kinds of stress that we are subjected to – physical, mental/emotional and chemical.
Physical Stress (trauma): It’s easy to see how physical stress can affect our body. Physical stress begins with the birthing process, and even a natural birth has it’s fair share of stress. Sometimes a baby is pulled and twisted or is birthed with the aid of forceps or vacuum extraction, or c-section. The vertebrae at the top of the cervical spine (known as the atlas) is the most unstable vertebra in our spine and in a baby is still very soft. Then there are the childhood falls – it has been said that a child has over 2,500 falls during childhood! Every day injuries occur as we grow older including sports, exercising, tripping, slipping and falling on sidewalk etc, car accidents etc. Just by being aware of the challenges we face every day as we try to live a healthy life, can sometimes be sufficient to remind us that the next choice should be a healthy one. Our bodies will reward us accordingly!
Chemical Stress (toxins): Toxins are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, medicines that are consumed, products we use etc etc etc. It is impossible in this present modern world to escape toxins. Showering in city water which has now been shown to contain remnants of prescription drugs and flouride, whilst out shopping and inhaling smokers nicotine, or following a car whose exhaust fumes are billowing around and into your car etc etc. Probably the most prevalent of chemical stress for most people is due to their consumption of prescription and over the counter medication which is toxic to the body. Health does not come from a a bottle or a pill – from outside in. Health comes from inside out! – the end result of a healthy lifestyle. Food has become denatured and contains harmful ingredients. Just try to read the list of ingredients on the packet you are buying. We often need a chemistry degree to read it and then have not idea what many of the listed ingredients are or what they do to our bodies. There are also herbicides and pesticides and other chemicals used to grow our food as well.
Emotional Stress (thoughts): This is an unavoidable part of life. Death, family disputes, relationship problems, work deadlines, debt, moving house, losing a job, ill health – the list is endless! Emotional distress can cause vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments) too and many people we see in our practice have mental/emotional stress as the root cause of their problem. Exercise is one way to help deal with this kind of stress. As you move, the body releases endorphins (natural opiates) that naturally help you feel good. Practicing yoga is also a great way to release stress and emotional tension from the body.
At Chiropractic Life we subscribe to the Eat Well, Move Well and Think Well routine of living. This includes Drinking clean water, getting quality sleep, choosing toxic free body care/washing products, exercising – which includes your chiropractic care and getting good quality sleep, taking short breaks and holidays to recuperate. It is vitally important to have fun and enjoy each day and share with those we love.
You experience your world through your nervous system which is housed in the moving bones of the spinal column, so if you have misalignments which are causing interference to the messages from your brain to your body, this can be contributing to your stress. Consult us at Chiropractic Life 88 Portland Road, Hove BN3 5DL to have you spine checked for interferences. Phone 01273 208188