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Stress and the Nervous System: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

It's no secret that stress can take a toll on the body. From headaches and muscle tension to gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular disease, stress can manifest in many ways. What may be less well-known is the role that the nervous system plays in stress management.

You see, the nervous system coordinates all of the activities of the body, sending messages from the brain down the spinal cord, to all the muscles, organs, and tissues. When our body is under stress and unable to adapt to the stressors that we experience, the communication is then disrupted by interference/subluxation within the nervous system. This can then lead to various health problems and concerns in our daily life, and usually we don't realize the impact until it's too late.

Did you know that symptoms are actually the last process to appear? That means that when we feel pain or experience certain symptoms the problem has already been there, but our bodies are just now alerting us of the issue. This is why it's important to take care of our nervous system and give it the attention it needs in order to avoid any concerns, because it's much easier to prevent health problems in a "healthy" individual rather than help a "sick" individual get healthier.

One important aspect of stress in our body is the regulation, or balance, of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic system is responsible for the "fight or flight" response, or "gas pedal" of the body, while the parasympathetic system controls the "rest and digest" response, or "brake pedal" of the body. In today's busy and stressful society, many of us are stuck in that sympathetic system, and when we are in this constant sympathetic state our body's in more of an overdrive mode, and therefore we use up our health reserves or "gas in the tank". This is why many of us may feel burnt-out or depleted at times.

Now, think of your nervous system like a highway. There are signals going to and from the brain and the rest of the body, much like vehicles going from point-A to point-B. When there is interference among that system, such as a "traffic-jam", those signals (vehicles) aren't able to get to where they need to be as efficiently and as effectively as if that highway or system were clear.

So how can Chiropractic care help?

With Chiropractic care, it allows for the removal of this interference (traffic jam), therefore allowing clear communication between the brain and the body. When you receive a Chiropractic adjustment, the Doctor is getting to the root-cause of your health concern by specifically locating, analyzing, and then correcting areas of the nervous system where there is interference/subluxation. This also activates the parasympathetic system, or "brake-pedal", bringing balance and healing to the body. With Chiropractic care, our bodies are better able to adapt to the stress that we experience day-to-day, and the nerves that control our different systems are better able to function and communicate with each other.

At Revitalize Chiropractic we utilize state-of-the-art Insight Scanning Technology to look at how well your nervous system is functioning and are able to see not only which nerves are being affected, but exactly where those nerves are going to and controlling. With only 8-10% of our nervous system being able to perceive pain, that means the other 90-92% of the nervous system can't be assessed by feeling alone! This is why we scan each and every practice member on their first visit, as well as re-scan throughout care, because health is measured by the function of the body, not just by feeling.

If you are looking for a way to help your body deal with stress more effectively and are interested to see how well your body is truly functioning, look no further than your local Chiropractor. Chiropractors are highly trained professionals who can locate areas of stress and interference in your nervous system and get to the root-cause of your health concerns, allowing you to live your best life, free of any interference!

For more information or to set up an appointment, call us today at 651-493-2146 or email us at


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