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John R. Greensfelder, DC
Chiropractic and Stress
Odenton Chiropractic & Holistic Wellness Center

Chiropractic and Stress

Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis. Stress is defined as a reaction to any internal or external stimuli that upsets normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health. Many experienced stress with last year's earthquake followedby the hurricane.Internal conditions such as illness, pain, or emotional conflict, as well as external circumstances, such as a death in the family, or financial problems can cause stress. Even positive experiences like a new marriage or job promotion can provoke stress. Long lasting or chronic stress suppress the immune system, which in turn increase the susceptibility to illness, especially to immune-related disorders or cancer. Emotional stress also leads to hormonal imbalances that interfere with immune system function.

Many symptoms of stress can be explained by an examination of diet and nutrient levels. You can reduce stress by avoiding caffeine and food additives, and eating fresh, whole foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat. You shouldavoidfoods containingrefined sugars. Eating proper foods including complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables can be very therapeutic. A balance ofdiet andexercise will work in making the body healthier, thus reducing overall stress. Make a plan to exercise everyday and stick to your program.

It's important to understand that the way we think or feel can play a very significant role in our overall health. Our immune system can be enhanced or suppressed by what we think and how we respond emotionally to everything around us. Reducing stress is necessary to restoring and maintaining good health.

Chiropractic is a drug-free and non-surgical science. Chiropractors look at the human body and give special attention to its physiological and biochemical aspects. Major areas of concern for a chiropractor when examining a patient can include spinal or musculoskeletal structure, neurological activity, vascular systems, nutrition habits, and emotions. Chiropractors can diagnose conditions that may be treatable by them, that require referral to other health care professionals, or that require co-managed treatments with other health care professionals.

Being educated is the first step to controlling your health. We must be responsible for our own health, and that may include changing our habits and lifestyle.

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