Reduce stress now to prevent illness later
Article contributed by Dr. Dewane D. Frase, Phillips, WI
Did you know that experts estimate that as many as 90% of all illnesses are stress-related, often due to the large amounts of adrenaline and cortisol that are released into the body during stressful situations? It may also surprise you to learn that stress can cause spinal subluxations.
An article dated January 6, 2003 from the Australian news service "F2 Network" describes a study which showed that emotional stress can have a negative effect on the spine. "The introduction of stress into the activity had significant detrimental effects on the spine and surrounding muscles. There was an immediate increase in muscle activity and load on the spine" said Dr. Anthony Coxon, President of the Chiropractor's Association of Australia (Victoria). The study showed that the spinal effects varied according to gender and that ‘introverts’, ‘intuitors’ and ‘thinkers’ bore the brunt of the pressure.
Thus it is not surprising that many patients say they feel an immediate release of body tension right after they have received a chiropractic adjustment. In fact, one of the many benefits of chiropractic care is that by removing interference we are able to reduce irritation of the nerves and create greater calm and harmony in the central nerve system. Following are some additional tips to reduce stress:
1. Exercise. This will help you not only burn calories and fat, but also stretch and build muscle tissue. Even the simplest exercise (about 20 minutes per day, three days per week) has been proven to boost serotonin levels in the brain, enhancing your sense of well-being and contentment.
2. Meditate. A study showed that meditating for 15 minutes twice a day reduced medical doctor visits over a six-month period and saved the healthcare system $200 per patient. In addition, meditation was found to reduce and have a positive sustained effect on chronic pain and mood (Time, January 20, 2003, p. 71).
3. Schedule regular chiropractic appointments. Instead of waiting until you feel pain, establish a wellness adjustment plan. This will help you achieve the proper flexibility and strength in your spinal muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves; and to make sure your spinal joints are properly aligned. Prevent-ing subluxations will also keep small injuries from becoming permanent or disabling conditions.
Reducing stress through exercise, meditation and regular chiropractic adjustments will help keep your spine healthy. A healthy spine will keep your nerve system functioning well, which is one of the best ways to prevent illness.
So relax and Be Healthy for Life!
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