Environmental stress is rather self-explanatory; let’s say you are walking down a quiet road and you hear a loud bang nearby, similar to an explosion. That is an environmental stressor. Stress through the body includes illness, lack of sleep or poor nutrition. Emotional stress is slightly different, as it encompasses how we interpret certain things. What’s unique about emotional stress is that we have control over how much of it we experience, much more so than environmental or body stressors. Now that we understand how stress is received, we can discuss what effects it has on our health. When under stress, the body’s fight or flight response is triggered. Your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is stimulated, which means your heart beats faster and your senses become more acute.
However, the danger is that we can become over-stressed. Studies have been conducted to assess the impact of chronic stress on the body, with such consequences as high blood pressure, increased risk for heart disease, damage to muscle tissue, and more. While stress can be beneficial in certain high-performance situations, experiencing it constantly will leave you significantly worse for wear.
Chiropractic care can help with this. After all, chiropractic focuses on the spine, which is the root of the nervous system. One of the effects of chronic stress is muscle tension and contraction, which can lead to uneven pressure on the skeleton, which in turn leads to subluxations. Adjustments help ease muscle tension, which in turn eases the stress on certain parts of the skeleton and helps ease subluxations.