Stress Takes On A New Meaning

written by Richard G. Barwell, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic)


21st Century lifestyle certainly embodies an increase of stress situations. Modern technology has not lessened stress as we thought it would; it has actually increased it. We tend to think that children are not affected by stress and that the word implies some sort of adult mental overload. The truth of the matter in that life is all about stress. All ages are affected - even being born is a severe stress.

Learning to survive in a world that has every level of challenge is stressful. Adapting to the cold or the heat or sunburn is a form of stress. We know that food can create a stress response in the body. In fact, stress is just a response to a stressor and pretty much everything in life is a stressor. Our environment, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the relationships we have to our activities in work and play creates challenges to which our body must adapt and continue to function.

The vast majority of our stress response happens without our even being aware that something is going on within us which helps us to survive and maintain. We have a built in system which knows how to keep all of our systems working and healing without the slightest sign; that is unless we push the body's limits and then we have another function to tell us we are now in trouble and it is called PAIN. However, problem is that if we wait until the PAIN message appears, there has already been a lot of damage done.

Current medical research is now revealing that 95% of all diseases are actually stress based - from diabetes to cancer. How can this be? What happened to the germ theory - you know the one we have been taught, in which germs are the cause of disease? It appears that someone finally asked the question - Hey, if germs are the cause of disease and I have them on or in my body, why am I not sick? The answer is, because your immune system is working correctly.

Since it is important that our immune system work correctly, then best we find out what makes it work.  The nervous system controls the function of the immune system. Guess which system also has to deal with stress; that's right, the nervous system. Ever notice that people under stress tend to get sick? Again medical research now shows that impaired nervous system function plays a major role in the development of cancer.

Some of the most fantastic research of the 20th /21st Century can be found in the studies of brain activity and Chiropractic care. The research shows that the Chiropractic adjustment actually changes brain function and improves overall neurological balance. While the majority of Chiropractic patients and many Chiropractors are focused on back care or pain relief, science now shows that the adjustment does much, much more. Armed with this new knowledge a new breed of Chiropractors are seeing incredible results with health challenges such as learning disabilities, chronic illness, attention deficit disorders, and a host of other problems which patients thought were either life threatening or lifestyle limiting.

There is new instrumentation now on the market that can actually measure the effects of stress in your life as well as the effectiveness of whatever care you are undergoing to alter your current challenges. This instrumentation can tell you if anything is changing or not and you will never guess which system of the body it measures! The nervous system! The instrument is called the NeuroInfiniti. The best news is that the NeuroInfiniti shows that chiropractic care improves nervous system function, and with that knowledge comes the opportunity to undo the damage created by stress which leads to better health. The point - stress is with us everyday, but regular chiropractic care can help you cope. How does it get any better than that?
Richard G. Barwell, D.C.