Stress and depression
By balancing the nervous system, chiropractic gives the body the capacity to resist stress and depression.
In today’s society, with the ever-increasing pace of life, the sources of stress are multiplying: professional and personal responsibilities, family and financial concerns, pollution, traffic, noise, etc. If you add to these factors a poor diet and lack of exercise, it is not difficult to understand why people develop symptoms of chronic stress, exhaustion and depression.
Although it is impossible to slow down the pace of the world around us, the effects of stress can be managed. The more regulated our internal functioning, the more we will have the ability to adapt. By balancing our nervous system, chiropractic gives the body a resilience to stress.
Stress and the nervous system
Our biological stress response is controlled by our autonomic nervous system, which consists of two opposing branches, called "sympathetic" and "parasympathetic". The first plays the role of "accelerator" of the body, while the second acts as a "brake".
Faced with a perceived danger, the "accelerator" prepares us for an immediate physical reaction: the heart and breathing accelerate, muscle tension and blood pressure increase. This physiological response is commonly known as "fight or flight" and it was essential to the survival of our species in prehistory, allowing us to hunt our prey, or flee from predators.
After the threat has passed, the "brake" takes over. The heart rate decreases and body function returns to normal.
Chronic stress: the silent murderer
It is estimated that 80% of the total public health expenditure goes on stress-related disorders.
Recent research shows that chronic stress affects all the body systems. It can be responsible for example for muscle tension, high blood pressure, headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, etc. Prolonged stress can exacerbate conditions such as osteoarthritis, pain and diabetes and worsen asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Chronic stress also weakens the immune system, making us vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections.
Recently, it has emerged that stress is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. There is current research which is investigating the role of stress in the aging process and in the development of cancers.
Chronic stress can lead to depression, as the constant emotional struggle can wear down resistance and exhaust the body and the mind
Instead of identifying the root cause of stress, conventional medicine merely masks symptoms through medication. Taking anti-depressant medication may lead to a dependency, and beta-blockers can lead to a host of side-effects, including male impotence.
Apart from the problem of dependency, anti-depressant medication alters the perception of reality and conceals the problem only for the duration of treatment, without resolving the long-term underlying issues.
Chiropractic: a new weapon against stress
Chiropractic therapy does not use medication or surgery, but naturally strengthens the body's resistance to stress.
By removing the nerve obstructions along the spine the chiropractor restores the balance between the "accelerator" and "brake", giving the body a better ability to adapt to its environment.
To protect against the negative effects of stress, you can have your spine and your nervous system checked by a Chiropractor. If your problem requires further medical investigation you will be directed to the most appropriate specialist.
Act now! A healthy nervous system is the best defense, protecting you against stress and depression.
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