You’ve always been told to “reduce the stress in your life” because it can be detrimental to your health to sustain high levels of stress on a consistent basis. According to a study done by the AADA, “Compared to the low-stress group, both the moderate and the high-stress groups showed excess mortality …” Stress is not only unpleasant to deal with on a regular basis but is also important for a healthy life.
Stress and the Nervous System
The nervous system is responsible for all of the vital functions in the body and one of those vital functions is the management of stress. More precisely, the nervous system produces testosterone during its fight-or-flight response. Arousal from an experience or within mental thought patterns can cause the adrenal glands to release the cortisol hormone, which is released when you’re stressed.
The nervous system has two primary forms of operation: the sympathetic nervous response (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic response (rest and digest).
When the body activates the parasympathetic mode of the nervous system, the body calms down and has an improved capacity to heal the body. When the nervous system is in a sympathetic state, it has to shut down other systems in the body in order to allocate more resources to deal with the “fight or flight” situation it has been presented with.
When exposed to stress continuously, the “stress hormone” known as cortisol, continues to enter the system, which causes adrenal fatigue and other internal organs begin to deplete resources and progressively weaken in functionality. It also causes the body to store more fat, which leads to more health concerns.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Reduce Stress
A Lithia Springs chiropractor has the ability to beneficially affect almost every part of the body. Dr. Ronnie Bolar, when helping practice members at Vital Life Chiropractic, focuses on the specific stress impact areas, which improves the nervous system and helps the body heal more effectively. Dr. Bolar will focus providing proper solutions that get to the root of the issue of your stress, and he will treat your entire body and all health concerns rather than just giving a quick but temporary fix.
Dr. Ronnie Bolar knows how to provide effective chiropractic solutions that will improve the nervous system’s ability to correctly regulate hormones responsible for stress as well as for recovery. Below are just a selection of hormones that the nervous system is responsible for regulating:
- Cortisol – the “fight or flight” hormone responsible for survival
- Catecholamines – responsible for cardiac output, skeletal muscle blood flow, sodium retention, and more
- Gonadotropins – prolonged exposure to stress can lead to impairment of reproductive functions
- Thyroid Hormones
- Growth Hormone
- Prolactin – has the potential to affect the immune system
- Insulin – may be decreased during stress, which can cause stress-induced hyperglycemia
Prolonged stress can affect the nervous system and hormones in the body, and it can result in a myriad of health problems. Stress has been linked to hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, gonadal dysfunction, psychosocial dwarfism, obesity, and more.
When you visit Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Bolar, he will help to restore your body’s nervous system to a more natural and calm state, which then regulates the nervous system, which improves the management of stress and health related hormones in the body.
To put it another way, being under chiropractic care results in a more natural way of improving your stress levels. Less stress as a result of regular chiropractic adjustments means that your body can function optimally, as intended, and operate and heal much more effectively.
Reduce Stress Today – Give Us a Call to Get Started!
Give us a call at Vital Life Chiropractic to begin your journey to reducing stress in your life and improving the overall function of the body. As a Lithia Springs chiropractor at Vital Life Chiropractic, Dr. Ronnie Bolar provides only the best care that will help you become healthier and improve the quality of your life.
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