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Posted on 07-21-2011

In our world today, stress is an increasing problem for many people. We receive stress from three basic sources: our environment, our body and our emotions. Environmental stress includes noise, weather, physical threats, time pressures and performance standards. Body stress includes disease, organ malfunction, poor nutrition, poor sleep, and physical injury. Emotional stress is more difficult to define. It encompasses our reactions, based on our thoughts, to environmental and physical stressors. Criticism, for example, is devastating to some, while others seem unaffected. In many ways, however, we are each in control of how much emotional stress we will internalize.

The effects of stress include high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissue, diabetes, infertility, damage to the immune response, and slowed healing from disease and injury. Stress has been linked in human and animal research with cardiovascular disease.

How will chiropractic care at Seaman Chiropractic help?

Dr. Cynthia Seaman works with the spine, the house of the nervous system, through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body to tell the body what to do. One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the structure of the body, leading to the misalignment of the spinal column, called a subluxation. Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments done by Dr. Cynthia releases muscle tension, and helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state.

Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. These changes are enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, and begin the process of healing. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress. In conjunction with the spinal adjustments, Seaman Chiropractic in Jefferson Park offers great massage therapy sessions, which will also relieve muscle tension, and help eliminate toxins. We also offer nutritional counseling, which can combat the effects of stress on the body.

 Dr. Cynthia cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world, although we do try to make it a healthier one. What treatment at Seaman Chiropractic can do is help you develop healthy responses to stress, and reduce potential physical damage. If you are ready to decrease the effects of stress and live a better life, give our office a call at 773-545-2233 today!

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