Researchers estimate that approximately 90% of visits to doctors are caused by the effects of stress! It is certainly not uncommon for people to present to my office with stress related pain. During periods of stress, the body’s adrenal glands produce hormones, such as adrenaline, which also increases blood pressure. Chronic stress keeps these hormones at dangerously high levels. However, studies suggest that severe cases of stress extend beyond the temporary increase in blood pressure and begin to injure cells of the body – which may accelerate the aging process and leave people susceptible to various other diseases.
For a long time, doctors have been aware of the impact stress has on the body’s ability to fight infections, but now a study has shown how effects of stress also plays a major influence in altering the functions of the immune system. Researchers have concluded that the stressors that most negatively compromise the immune system were the chronic stressors – or prolonged stress. They also discovered the longer the duration of stress or perceived length of the stress, the less the body’s ability to adapt to the stressful situation. It was determined this kind of stress could lead to serious negative health repercussions beginning with attacking the immune system at the cellular level then going after the overall broader functions of the immune system.
Clearly we need to do something about the effects of stress before it takes it’s toll. Chiropractic Care is care of the nervous system – through which we experience our stress. It makes such good sense to ensure that our nervous system is getting the help it needs to keep the effects of stress at bay.