The roadmap to achieving balanced health.
3 Sources of Stress
- PSYCHOLOGICAL (emotional, including self talk)
- CHEMICAL (nutrition-induced inflammation, medications, toxins, including environmental ones)
- MECHANICAL (acute trauma, overuse or faulty biomechanics)
Stress can present itself as any of these and our body reacts physiologically similar regardless of the source.
Consider a bear jumps into the room; you naturally turn on fight-or-flight mode. Your pupils dilate, your adrenaline surges and your adrenals are on full throttle for survival-mode. Then consider, again, that that bear is your boss or your spouse: your body is not designed to constantly be in a state of reacting to stress. Eventually your body’s capacity to combat that stress (as it tries to maintain equilibrium in the interstitial fluid surrounding our cells-described further in another post) until it fatigues and breaks down. Not until this stage do we see symptoms.
The problem seen in health care trends is to first focus on a problem when it has reached this late stage and manifested itself to a disease. I plan instead to address any issues from a preventative approach.
Chiropractic can address mechanical & neurological insult and nutrition intervention to minimize chemical toxins and nurture stressed organs. CHANGE YOUR STATE to control emotional stress. A person may experience an endorfin release from chiropractic treatment and exercise. It’s a perfect and simple addition to your lifestyle as a means to optimize your quality of life!
Vibrant Quality Of Life and your THOUGHTS
Thoughts, ideas, fears, and emotions translate into nerve impulses which have electrochemical consequences. Such electrochemical consequences of the brain can be the EQUIVALENT of electrochemical consequences of DAMAGED TISSUES.
Some refer to self talk as the 98% of mental energy dedicated to “auto-pilot” thinking (reminiscing on the past or contemplating the future).
Vibrant Quality Of Life and your BODY
The former personal trainer and coach in me would like to shine some attention to the power of exercise.
Do you want a body that can execute your emotions and ideas?
For most people, their body becomes a prison in that they have no vessel for expression.
I would love it if our community of patients and staff all thrived in a state of feeling good, strong and healthy; because what’s the point of living a long life if you can’t enjoy it? I encourage you to make time for exercise and nutrition or you will eventually make time for illness.
“Emotion follows motion.” The way you move can change the way you feel. Tell your body what to do and your emotions respond. Take care of your body and CONDITION it."
Whether you’re a cross fit junkie, power lifter, track star, or pilates fiend, for the sake of this discussion it does not matter what kind of exercise you engage it; THEY ALL RELEASE ENDORFINS!
Some feel there’s no other one thing that can improve people’s lives.
It offers physiological benefits (i.e. blood profiles, reduces stress-related hormones) and cognitive benefits (mood, attention span, perceived well-being, decreases anxiety, gives a sense of accomplishment, increases cognitive processing speed and improves sleep).
It improves our functional capacity by allowing us to move better.
It has a hand in bone health, body composition, and fall prevention.
For the wiser and mature members of our community: While peak strength tends to decline by 15% per decade after one reaches 50 years (for those sedentary), resistance training in the elderly can improve strength by 10-30%!! Muscle mass can increase in cross-sectional area at any age! A 20% strength increase is attributed to a neurological component alone.
The Power of HOPE
The biopsychosocial model of healthcare involves the psychosomatic connection (how your mind affects your body). While your mind is capable of manifesting negative consequences (i.e. disease), it also plays a role in the HEALING PROCESS!
Cognitive behavioral therapy (addressing how one interprets and reacts to events) has been seen to lower one’s dependence on opiods for pain control. The biopsychosocial model plays a role in the progression of low back pain. Social support and creative expression are significant additions to the model.