Have you ever known anyone who always seems to feel like a ball of stress? Cool fact: stress is short for distress, evolved from the Latin for to draw or pull apart. Have you ever noticed that a stressed person is often run down or sick? Hmm, do stress and sickness fit together? You bet! It all begins with cortisol, also called the stress hormone. Cortisol can serve a good purpose or a bad one.
Made by the adrenal glands, cortisol has a big role in the fight-or-flight response. Adrenals sit atop the kidneys. What is fight-or-flight? It is the body’s response to stress, enabling you to escape from danger. Let’s play Jeopardy. Fight-or-flight includes deepening this process, so that you can run faster. Hint: when it is deeper more oxygen can enter the body. What is breathing? The increased oxygen gained by deeper breaths allows you to escape faster.
Cool fact: did you know that breathing and respiration are not the same thing? Breathing is taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. Respiration is the process of breaking down the oxygen, so that the cells can use it. Who knew! Fight-or-flight increases breathing, respiration, and heart rate, dilates pupils, rushes blood to muscles, and so much more.
In an emergency, fight-or-flight is needed. Under chronic stress however, the body remains stuck in fight-or-flight physiology. The body swings dangerously out of balance, endangering long-term health. What if the stress is emotional, such as anger or depression? The fight-or-flight response will still be initiated. The body sees stress as stress regardless of the type.
There are three types of stress, all can cause physical sickness in the body. Any guesses? The first letters of each are P, C, and E. Answer: P: physical stress, such as standing at work, C: chemical stress like sugar and E: emotional stress like anger.
Stress results in spinal subluxation, referred to as the silent killer. Yikes! What in the world is subluxation? A vertebrae that has become misaligned, thus interfering with the spinal nerves. Why are subluxations bad? Because nerves control the body’s function and immunity. The disease process now begins.
True or false: aches and pains are the best indicator of a spinal subluxation. The answer: false. Subluxations cannot be felt. Unless removed by a chiropractor, disease will begin. That’s called the silent killer. The answer to staying healthy: one, chiropractic checkups to remove subluxations, two, removal or reduction of the causative stressors, three, be aware of stress symptoms.
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
Article by Dr. Doug Fryday
Optimize Healing Centre