Aug
04

Stress

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Chiropractic, Stress

Before we can make a change in our lives, we must first understand what it is that we wish to alter. “Stress” is a common name in our society today. Stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension—it may be a factor in disease causation. We would much prefer to be in a state of “ease”—the state of comfort, free from labor or difficulty; effortlessness; naturalness. If stress is ignored, it can lead to distress and disease.

Distress is pain or suffering that affects the body or bodily functions. Dis-ease is a harmful development—an impairment of the normal state of living. How does stress affect the body from a clinical standpoint? Physical, chemical or emotional stimuli are perceived by the nervous system, where the number of nerves involved is directly proportional to the amount or duration of the stress. One result is shallow breathing, which decreases the oxygen supply to the muscles, nerves and organs. When muscles remain tight, they choke off their own blood supply by clamping down on the capillaries; since muscles attach to bones, we now have a strain on our joints (back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, headaches). Higher blood pressure results due to the heart beating faster to try to deliver as much oxygen to the cells as possible under the state of dis-ease.

Stress reduction techniques are essential to reduce dis-ease. Some techniques to help your body heal itself from within are: Chiropractic, which removes tension or pressure from the spinal nerve where it exits the spinal column. Nerves without irritation are able to give a full expression of life through 100% communication from the brain to the organs. Massage increases the blood flow to the muscles of the body, which causes them to relax. This reduces tension on the joints and allows for deeper breathing.

Meditation and yoga clear the mind from emotional stresses while focusing on deep breathing, which maximizes oxygen to the tissues and reduces muscular tension. Exercise leads to an increased blood flow to muscles, which allows them to be well nourished with oxygen and proteins and thus reduces strain. It also increases the health of the heart and lungs and adds integrity to the spine—which protects it from the strains of muscle imbalance.

If you have questions about your condition, please call Dr. Noble Allman, Chiropractic Physician at (513) 727-2540. You can also reach us at www.allmanchiropractic.com and drallman@allmanchiropractic.com.

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