Stress

What is Stress

According to “Comprehensive Stress Management Jerrold Greenberg 1990, 95% of all diseases / illnesses are as a result of stress according to the medical literature.” The other 5% are genetic (reference below). According to the Oxford Dictionary – Stress is a state of affair involving demand on physical or mental energy. A condition or circumstance (not always adverse) which can disturb the normal physiological and psychological functioning of an individual. Stress is also a biological term which refers to the consequence of the failure of the human or animal to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. A stress response is the neurological reaction to a threat. The main types of stressors or threats our body reacts to are mental, physical, chemical or electromagnetic.

In a 2009 Johns Hopkins Study P.J. Fitzgerald stated Stress (and the stress hormones) are directly linked to cancer, glaucoma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disorders, weight gain and obesity, anxiety, weakened immune system, autoimmune conditions, poor sleep, poor memory and learning difficulties, and depression.

The Dynamics of Stress

In a challenging situation the brain prepares the body for defensive action—the fight or flight response by releasing stress hormones, namely, cortisone and adrenaline. These hormones raise the blood pressure and the body prepares to react to the situation. With a concrete defensive action (fight response) the stress hormones in the blood get used up, entailing reduced stress effects and symptoms of anxiety When we fail to counter a stress situation (flight response) the hormones and chemicals remain unreleased in the blood stream for a long period of time. It results in stress related physical symptoms such as tense muscles, unfocused brain, anxiety, dizziness and rapid heartbeats. We all encounter various stressors (causes of stress) in everyday life, which can accumulate, if not released. Subsequently, it compels the mind and body to be in an almost constant alarm-state in preparation to fight or flee. This state of accumulated stress can increase the risk of both acute and chronic psychosomatic illnesses and weaken the immune system.

While we can’t eliminate stress from our lives there are things that can be done which will allow your body to process it appropriately.

Today we are a nation under chronic stress, from physical stress to chemical stress (processed food, medications, environmental exposures), electromagnetic fields and the most impactful – mental / emotional stress.

In 2009 Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize recipient for her work on anti-aging, discovered that Telomeres were an indicator for aging. If the size of the Telomere decreases aging advances or increases. Her studies revealed that the #1 way to decrease Telomere size is to have the sympathetic nervous system tone elevated. In other words a chronic stress response.

Chiropractic and stress – 2007 Journal of Neurophysiology “Cervical Spine Adjustment alters sensory motor integration” an SSEP study.

In 2011 a landmark study by Ogura et al revealed Chiropractic adjustments created Cerebral metabolic changes and decreased sympathetic tone.

The post Chiropractic adjustment PET scans revealed a decreased stress response, decreased muscle tone, decreased salivary amylase ( a marker for sympathetic tone ). The conclusion was all the neurophysiological responses were related and initiated by the Chiropractic adjustment.

March 2011 Journal of Osteopathic Association: clearly revealed adjustments increase immunity, decrease the risk of infection, increase circulation, cardiac output and lymphatic flow. All these processes occur with DECREASING Sympathetic tone!

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the most widely used health marker today. In a 2015 article from the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology stated the better the HRV the less there was Cancer.

In a 2005 the Zang study concluded whenever the spine is adjusted it results in a change in the parasympathetic / sympathetic balance and improved HRV.
Did you know that chronic stress turns off the effectiveness of your immune system? According to Stanford University Medical School in research released in 1998 by Dr. Bruce Lipton, (https://www.brucelipton.com/curriculum-vitae) a highly renowned and respected cell biologist, stress is the cause of at least 95% of all illness and disease. Dr. Lipton reports that the remaining 5 percent is genetic and was caused, you guessed it, by stress somewhere in the ancestry of that person.
Dr. Lipton also stated a cell can defend itself or grow….it cannot do both at the same time. The same goes for the body…if it is in defense (fight or flight) NO healing can occur !
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), says on their website that 90 percent of all illness and disease is related to stress.
Just about any authoritative source you can name agrees – Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, The Mayo Clinic, and the list goes on.
Harvard Medical School states on their website. “Too much stress for too long creates what is known as ‘chronic stress’ which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and may also influence cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.

Auto Accidents

Based on overwhelming, irrefutable evidence, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you will have a spinal injury. Research from the San Diego Spine Research Institute revealed that an impact as slow as 8 mph results in damages to the connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, and even the cartilage of the discs) in the neck. The nerves in the neck are also affected and can be stretched and strained.

The most important part of this is that the brain gets jarred around which can result in a concussion and / or a “Traumatic Brain Injury.” If not treated appropriately this can significantly affect someone’s life.

At only 8-10 mph, there is no damage to the car, so victims mistakenly think they must not be hurt. The bottom line is, Chiropractors are well equipped to evaluate and treat these types of injuries. A physical injury that results in spinal damage and malfunctioning joints of the spine is at the center of a chiropractor’s expertise. Being involved in an automobile accident you will be subject to the laws of physics which determine the force your body encounters. These are the forces that create the injuries.

We are the #1 health profession when it comes to restoring spinal joint function and improving spinal alignment. Without spinal correction therapy and improved neurological function coordinating the healing, recovery from auto accident injuries will not be optimal. This can result in the injured parties suffering permanent damage to their body including the brain.

I have successfully managed all sorts of injuries suffered by adults and children from auto accidents since 1990. If you ever find yourself or someone you know in a situation like this, feel confident that we can help.

 

Sports Injuries

Many men, women and children participate in some form of sports. Whether it is football, soccer, tennis, golf, weightlifting, crossfit or dancing etc. Suffering an injury can happen. Sports injuries usually involve muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The most frequently sustained injuries occur in the extremities, but they can also involve the spine and the brain (a concussion).

If you suffer an injury participating in a sport this is defined as a physical trauma. In our office we are well trained in treating these injuries. We have studied extremity as well as spinal injuries, the biomechanics as well as the treatment methodologies. I have been treating all sorts of athletes over the last 29+ years, from professionals (I was the Chiropractor for the WWE, WCW years ago), baseball players, golfers, professional powerlifters, bodybuilders, martial artists, football players, dancers and figure skaters. I have also been donating time to the high school athletes for more than 20 years.

There are a variety of treatment options that are applicable, including the use of adjusting instruments, manual techniques, rehab equipment / options and supplementation that have helped people recover and return to actively participating and competing in their sports.

 

Children’s Health

There are some people who will tell you that you shouldn’t bring a child to a chiropractor. They will tell you “children don’t have back problems”, or “it is not safe.”  These opinions are just that…opinions, from people who have never been properly informed of the efficacy and safety of Chiropractic care. If you have been told that or are just investigating and researching Chiropractic care I completely understand. So let me educate and inform you. 

Safety first: This one is the most important to parents and it should be. Let me assure you as a parent I agree with you that any form of healthcare for my children needs to be safe. The Vohra study revealed just this. They did a systematic review of literature on documented adverse events associated with pediatric spinal manipulations. After examining 105 years of medical literature they ONLY found 10 cases. It has been estimated that there have been 30 million pediatric visits to Chiropractors per year since 1997. Based on these numbers I would say it is extremely safe for your child to visit a Chiropractor.

According to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the National Center for Health Statistics in 2007 and again in 2012 Chiropractic care is the most highly utilized practitioner based CAM therapy for children. The initiating factors for care were to address back and neck pain, head or chest colds, anxiety or stress, other musculoskeletal issues and ADD/ADHD issues.

Facts: the brain and central nervous system control the immune system; Stress and anxiety are at an all time high in children and adolescents; Stress responses suppress immune function allowing your body to become more susceptible to viruses and infections.

Chiropractic care reduces the stress response.

Chiropractic treatment for children is vastly different than that of adults. A Chiropractor is required to take courses in pediatrics and pass proficiency exams. I have personally adjusted many children with great success. As a matter of fact, children are usually more excited to get adjusted than their parents once they experience a treatment!

 

Headaches

Headaches are so common that most people believe they are a normal part of life. Some people will say “I always get headaches 3-4 times per week when I’m stressed and about 1x per week on a good week, they are not a problem, it is normal”. I am here to tell you that they are a problem. They are indicators that something is wrong. Some experts consider any more than 3 headaches per year, that’s right 3 per year, indicative of a problem.

Headaches can be the result of many different causes from elevated blood pressure to biomechanical problems in the spine (commonly in the neck) and a multitude of other issues. Whether it is an unbalanced / unstable nervous system, cranial bone subluxations, damaged structures in the neck, irritated nerves, strained muscles, chemical / hormonal imbalances or circulatory problems. The bottom line is the headache is a symptom, the end result of a problem. It is a way for your subconscious to talk to your conscious mind.

The one thing that we do know is that headaches can be mild and annoying to severe and debilitating. With our unique approach our office has a very high success rate managing patients who suffer with headaches over the last 30 years.

According to research conducted at Syracuse University damaged structures in the neck and cervical spine are the cause of many chronic headaches. They stated Chiropractic care is the preferred mode of treatment for this.

Another cause of headaches that can be overlooked is dehydration. Most of us are dehydrated to a degree. A simple formula to follow for adequate hydration is drink ½ of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds you should be consuming 100 oz of water per day.

In conclusion there could be many causes of your headaches. Have all the possibilities evaluated to determine the cause. You always want to treat the cause of the issue not just cover it up. Our philosophy is always to locate and treat the root cause of a health problem.

 

Massage

Massage therapy performed by a licensed massage therapist is a hands-on approach to reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress; alleviate chronic muscle tension and pain; improve circulation; increase joint flexibility; promote faster healing of injured muscle and soft tissue; improve posture; and reduce blood pressure. The work is performed on the soft tissue of the body, i.e. muscle, ligaments and tendons. 

When you receive massage therapy in our office, it is a therapeutic massage. The therapy is performed in a private room in our separate Massage center. It is performed in a  soothing environment and can include aromatherapy. Depending upon the patient, a massage therapist may use different techniques to achieve the desired results.

Immediately after receiving a massage, it is best not to exert yourself physically or enter into a stressful environment, because that essentially defeats the whole purpose of the therapy. Please remember to allow sufficient time for your body to reap the full benefits.

It is very important that you discuss any health problems you are experiencing and medications you are taking with the massage therapist. If you are not our patient but under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you consult with your doctor and ask for written recommendation for massage before you begin massage therapy.