All You need to know about the Chiropractic World
Stress and depression
In balancing the nervous system, chiropractic gives the human organism an optimal resistance capacity in face of stress and depression.
In our society with its ever-escalating pace, the sources of stress multiply: from professional and personal responsibilities to family and financial concerns, as well as everyday worries, pollution, traffic, noise, etc. If you add poor nutrition and lack of exercise, it’s easy to understand why so many people develop chronic stress symptoms or they get exhausted and fall into depression.
Stress and the nervous system
Our biological reaction to stress is controlled and regulated by our autonomous nervous system, which consists of two antagonistic (opposing) branches, called the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. he first speeds up the function of the body while the second slows it down.
When we perceive danger, this accelerator prepares us with an immediate physical reaction; our heartbeat and respiration accelerates, the muscle tension and blood pressure increases. This physiological response, called “flight or fight” were essential for the survival of our species in prehistory, allowing us to hunt our prey or to flee from our predators.
The threat over, “the brake” function sets in. The heart rate slows down, the functioning of the organism goes back to normal.
Chronic stress: The silent killer
Chronic stress weakens the immune system, favoring colds, the flu and other infections; it can also accentuate disorders like osteoarthritis, pain and diabetes, muscle tension, high blood pressure, headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Recently it has been known that stress is a risk factor in cardiovascular diseases. Currently, research is interested in what role it plays in the aging process as well as in the genesis of cancer. On the other hand, chronic stress can lead to depression, since the constant struggle of the organism can lead to its exhaustion.
Instead of finding the origin of what is causing the stress, traditional medicine is limited to masking the symptoms through medication. Nevertheless, tranquilizers can cause addiction, and beta blockers can lead to a multitude of side effects, including male impotence.
Besides the problem of addiction, medication taken for depression modify the perception of reality and cover up the problem only during the duration of the treatment, without solving it in the long run.
Chiropractic: a new weapon against stress.
Chiropractic, a natural therapy that does not recur to medication nor to surgery, strengthens the body’s resistance against stress. By eliminating nerve interferences along the spine, the Doctor of Chiropractic restores the balance between the “accelerator” and the “brakes”, equipping the organism with a better capacity of adopting to its environment.
To protect yourself from the negative effects of stress, it is enough with a check-up of your spine with a Doctor of Chiropractic. If your problem requires a more detailed medical check-up, your chiropractor will direct you to the most suitable specialist.
Act now. A healthy nervous system is the best weapon to protect yourself from stress and depression.
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