Stress hormones, such as adrenalin and cortisol are released by the adrenal glands, all of which prepare the body to fight or flee the danger by increasing muscle strength, stamina and heightening the senses.
Chronic high stress, or an overall unhealthy lifestyle, can result in constant stimulation of the SNS and an overactive nervous system. Overproduction of the stress hormones can weaken or exhaust the adrenal glands causing fatigue or the feeling of being “run down”. Disruption of sleep patterns and insomnia can also occur, which are all harmful to our health. Ultimately, adrenal insufficiency can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid problems, as well as metabolism imbalance and decreased immunity.
Additionally, research studies have shown links to high cortisol levels with increased carbohydrate cravings, weight gain and obesity.
treatment focuses on eliminating subluxations by restoring normal movement of the spine, as well as reducing muscle tension and nerve interference. Furthermore, regular adjustments may be enough to turn off the fight or flight response in the body, beginning the process of healing. By correcting the subluxations in the spine, homeostasis, or the state of balance within our body, becomes re-established.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, there are additional recommendations advised by your chiropractor that may help you cope
with the stress in your life. Posture recommendations, stretching, yoga, relaxation or meditation techniques are all approved methods of coping with everyday and chronic stress. However, if you are suffering from stress that is unbearable or are experiencing signs of depression, it is important that you take the necessary steps to seek professional help.
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