By: Dr Gordon McPherson-Rayner (Chiropractor)
Everywhere you look, people are becoming more stressed in their daily lives. Living in the modern world we are working longer hours, are away from our families and have more demands placed on our time.
Our bodies are subjected to various stressors throughout our day.
- foods we chose to eat
- the things we put on our skin
- the environments we find ourselves in
These play a big impact on the body’s chemical composition.
Mental or emotional stressors:
- the daily demands and thoughts that are running through our heads
- our doubts and fears
- daily postures
- repetitive motions
- large and small traumas/injuries we experience throughout our life
When the combination of these three stressors overwhelm the body’s natural ability to adapt and compensate, nervous system interference becomes present. This interference impacts the way our body perceives the world around us. This is what we Chiropractors call a vertebral subluxation.
Now that we understand how the body receives stress, we now can learn how it affects our health. When we are too overstressed our body enters a state of ‘flight’ or ‘flight’. Your heart beat quickens, your senses heighten, your ability to repair and regenerate decreases, and you stop digesting your food. These responses were originally triggered during stressful events like running away from a tiger.
This is a problem in our modern day society, where we are not being chased by animals looking for their next meal. We are overstressed, which has a negative effect on health. It can trigger cardiovascular, and various soft tissue damage. We hear that stress is good for high performance situations where heightened senses are necessary, but if you are always in a state of stress it can leave your body in a dire situation.
This is where your chiropractor comes in. Chiropractors are the only professionals that analyse, detect, correct spinal subluxations and remove neural interference, to help the body communicate more appropriately and function at its best.
To learn more about how you can “Tame Your Tiger” and reduce stress in your life, contact our practice on 4051 2998 to book in to our May workshop.