STRESS AND THE NERVE SYSTEM By Elana Brown, D.C.
Editor's Note: Dr. Elana A. Brown practices chiropractic In Brooklyn, New York. She is a long time reader of Health Freedom News, and we now welcome her as a contributor.
Today it is a sign of the times to find people complaining that they are under stress. Many more people feel that their illnesses and symptoms are stress related. We live in a "nervous" world. Many are afflicted with nervous hands, nervous voices, nervous stomachs, nervous colons, or just plain "nerves." Chiropractic is also a sign of these times, and has always explained that stress does affect bodies by affecting our nerve system or rather our "nervous system." Stresses come In three categories: physical , chemical, and emotional. Physical stress can be caused by car accidents, bicycle accidents or falls and may be realized long after the incident occurred. Chemical stresses can be caused by the foods we eat, the pollutants In the air, or even medications.
Emotional or mental stresses are caused by the way we think and feel in response to outside stress. These are similar to chemical stress because, for example, when we become angry, a certain chemical is released in the body so that the whole body will know that we are angry. Sadness is another chemical to be released In the body, and even love releases yet another chemical. They all need to be absorbed and eliminated by the body, but when the body Is not strong enough, this leads to a disease process. All of these chemicals and changes can be accommodated by the body, but only up to a point. Each person is different and has his or her own limitations, stressors and ways of dealing with their stresses. Stress seems to be necessary for us to grow In life, so we cannot avoid all stress and expect to be healthy, mature adults. But, of course, how react to stress, will also help greatly.
Chiropractic adjustments most definitely help us to deal better with stress. In fact, the adjustment to the spine is just as it sounds, not a radical change, not necessarily a major immediate, difference, but a gentle adjustment which allows the body to keep functioning as intended. The adjustment is needed to correct misalignments along the spinal column to allow proper nerve flow. The adjustment corrects the structural changes that can cause functional changes In the body. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to regain nerve health and to maintain that health. Chiropractors are licensed by the State Education Department and are qualified professionals who are responsible to help you maintain your health. Only through chiropractic adjustments can we hope to attain the goal of changing our nervous system into a properly functioning nerve system.