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It may not be what you think.  One major cause of physical stress is vertebral subluxation.

causingstressWe’re surrounded!  Surrounded by stress, that is.  It’s all around us.  Stress at work, stress at home, it really is the new epidemic. 

Stress is a normal part of life and at times a certain amount of stress is the stimulant we need to achieve our goals.  It’s when stress becomes constant that our bodies become overwhelmed and strained.

When stressed, our bodies release adrenalin and a series of reactions begin to take place.  Heart rate increases, muscles tense, blood pressure rises, pupils dilate, your body jumps to attention preparing to fight or retreat.  The body also shuts down functions not needed for immediate survival, such as the immune and digestive systems, choosing instead to funnel all available energy to the situation at hand.

This response is critical to surviving any dangerous situation; however, the body reacts to physical, emotional and chemical stress in all the same way—regardless of whether you are in the path of a speeding car or struggling with a conflict at work, your body jumps to attention preparing for your next reaction.  And, if stress continues over a period of time, the body gets locked into this defense reaction.  It’s this long term continuous stress that causes your body to adapt in ways that are often unhealthy.  The Centers for Disease Control sights a significant link between stress and six of the leading causes of death; heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.

One major cause of physical stress is vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine).  When spinal bones lose their normal position and motion from stress, trauma or chemical imbalance, the disturbance to the spine and nerve system begins to affect body function.  When body function decreases the body looses health. Untreated, vertebral subluxations cannot only limit your body’s ability to manage stress but can lead to headaches, digestive problems, back and neck pain, decreased immunity and many other conditions.

While many resort to treating these symptoms with medications that does nothing to correct the underlying cause of the problem.  Getting regular chiropractic adjustments ensures that you are not only getting relief for your symptoms but are correcting any underlying conditions at the root of the problem by correcting spinal misalignments.

Drs. Brian and Jean Mikula have been serving the chiropractic families of West Michigan since 1996.  To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic, visit their website:  www.MikulaChiropractic.net

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