Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Responses and Stress

When work is busy, finances are low, or family members are sick, you may experience an overwhelming feeling of stress.  Stress, while a common part of life, doesn’t have to overtake your life.  Too much stress can take a toll on your body physically, emotionally, and mentally.  Know the facts about how stress can affect your life and how chiropractic can help relieve stress and improve your overall quality of life.


What Happens To Our Body When We Are Stressed?

The central nervous system is negatively impacted when the body feels stress.  Our Autonomous Nervous System is the part of the nervous system that deals with stress.  It has two parts, the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system.  When we face stress, the sympathetic system responds, which is the fight or flight response that causes you to go into a type of panic mode when dealing with stress. When the sympathetic system is activated, stress hormones are released so that you can deal with whatever the stressful stimulus is.  If this continues to happen, your body can suffer from adrenal fatigue, which will deprive the body of the necessary means to function properly.  This can also cause depression, back pain, or other negative symptoms. When you’re not overly stressed or dealing with threatening stimuli, the parasympathetic system is active, so your body sends out calm feelings and allows systems to rest and repair themselves, which ultimately leads to more health and a better functioning body.


How Chiropractic Can Help

When you are overly stressed or have a nervous system dysfunction, your body often remains in the sympathetic state for longer than needed, resulting in your body being overworked and not having time to repair and restore itself. Chiropractic care helps your body remain in the parasympathetic response for the proper amount of time in order to improve your health and wellness.  A mind-body approach is used to treat the whole body and alleviate stress.  A Rochester Hills Chiropractor at Vitality Precision Chiropractic will work to improve the whole body by focusing on any health concerns, such as immune disorders, metabolic function, neuromuscular disorders, and so much more.  Treating the whole body and ensuring you are in the best of health can help your body deal with stress more effectively. It can also help your body activate the parasympathetic system more regularly and reduce negative symptoms associated with stress.


Chiropractic Works for Those Experiencing Stress

Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan make it their mission to not gloss over any health issues caused by stress.  They will treat the whole body and gently adjust the spine to work towards a resolution of stress issues, as well as promote overall health and wellness of the whole body.  In fact, studies have shown that chiropractic is a very effective way to manage stress symptoms.  In one particular study, 71 percent of people found that chiropractic care, along with learning about stress coping skills, was a very effective way to manage symptoms of stress.  Speak with Dr. Thomas Madigan or Dr. Brendan Shanahan, Rochester Hills chiropractors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic, to see how chiropractic is a great way to manage stress and treat the whole person and improve whole-body health.

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