Stress & Quality Of Life | Kelly Chiropractic

What Is Stress?

Stress. How can we eliminate it from our lives? We can’t. Stress is inescapable however, stress is not necessarily bad.



A stressor is anything that causes stress. The world is full of stressors. They can be as simple as a speck of dust or as complex as a first date. As uneventful as going for a walk or as dramatic as exploratory surgery.

The Spice of Life

With too little we’d be bored; with too much we’d develop emotional and physical disease. Properly handled however, stress can mean a life of challenge, excitement, and growth. For example, the biographies of famous scientists, explorers, writers, and others reveal that times of intense personal stress are also times of insight, creativity, and accomplishment.
What Exactly Do Stressors Do To Us?
A lot of complicated things go on inside of us when we face a stressor. Various chemicals and nerve impulses flow in a predictable way called the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.), which manifests itself in three stages:

  1. In the face of a stressor, the body quickly girds itself for confrontation. There is an immediate “call to arms”- the alarm reaction. Messages stream from the brain to the endocrine system in a “flight or fight” response. If the stress stops, we revert to normal.
  2. If the stress continues, we go into the stage of resistance – our body tries to adapt to the stress; it puts up a barricade, so to speak. We fight the threat, we tense our muscles, we struggle to prevail.
  3. If the stress still continues we may pass into the stage of exhaustion – our body cannot continue indefinitely to be primed for action.

stress and youThe G.A.S. – the stress syndrome – is something we experience quite frequently. In the course of a normal human life, everybody goes through these first two stages many, many times. Otherwise we could never become adapted to perform all the activities, and face all the demands which are man’s lot.

Chronic Stress

When stress invades our space we deal with it by fight or flight; we either face it or avoid it. In olden days we’d see a lion or tiger or a bear and run away from it. Or we’d fight it and it would become our dinner (or we it’s dinner, in which case we can kiss all earthly stress goodbye). But what of our boss or spouse? We can’t run away and we can’t commit murder. We have to stay and cope. Living in this world of not quite fight or flight, too many of us carry around unresolved, chronic stress much of the time. With chronic stress the body and mind never completely relax. The muscles are tense, energy is drained, and the body is fatigued, more susceptible to:

  • Ulcers
  • Digestive troubles
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Colds
  • Infection
  • Heart disease
  • Premature aging

This permanent web of alarm/resistance/exhaustion can slowly rob one of health and vitality and, ultimately of life itself.

The Chiropractic Approach

There are numerous approaches to stress; medical, nutritional, companionship, mind-body, and chiropractic. Spinal nerve stress (or subluxations) is a dangerous stressor and chiropractors are the only professionals specialized in its correction. Emotional as well as physical stress may stem from this condition.
Subluxations cause damage to our nervous and skeletal systems, fatiguing and weakening us both physically and emotionally. Our ability to deal with life’s stress is thus compromised. This paves the way for sickness and disease. Many diseases are actually not so much the direct result of an external agent as they are consequences of the body’s inability to adequately adapt.

Studies have shown chiropractic’s ability to reduce anxiety levels. By removing vertebral subluxations from our bodies, improves the function of our nervous system and promotes better adaptation to environmental stress.

Stress & Quality of Life | Kelly Chiropractic
Stress & Quality of Life | Kelly Chiropractic

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