“Education, because of artificial demands of ways of living, forces man away from normal, forces abnormal excessive existence, which produces vertebral subluxation which interferes with normal flow of the natural between Innate and educated brains, sense produces a below par level of functional activity.” —B.J. Palmer
Stress is constantly confronting your wellbeing and it’s your resilience to stress that determines your quality of life.
How resilient are you to stress? The definition of resilience is “being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.” Adapting to stress is being resilient, being resilient supports balance in your wellbeing.
Wellbeing is defined as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” -World Health Organization
Being complete in your physical, mental and social wellbeing requires an ability to adapt to stress. You can’t escape stress, so quickly recovering or responding to it is in your best interest.
Physiological stress, or the stress response, is the body’s reaction to a condition that poses as a physical, chemical or psychological threat or challenge to your wellbeing. Stressors produce certain negative physiological responses within your body depending upon what type of stress you encounter and can take a toll on the body’s normal innate state of function.
For example, physical stressors like sustained or repeated activities can negatively affect cellular and tissue formation, chemical stressors like alcohol or drugs can negatively affect bio-mechanical processes, and mental stressors like social or family demands can negatively affect overall mental function and performance.
Even though we have the power to adapt to stress, that doesn’t mean we win the battle every time. Stress can negatively affect anyone at any age. Too much stress and not enough resilience can break down our normal physiology into a state of dysfunction and disharmony without us even being aware of it. Stress is everywhere and constantly combats with our body’s ability to function in a normal state, including the spinal integrity.
Did you know that stress can cause our need for chiropractic care? Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between spinal integrity and neurological function. If spinal integrity interferes with neurological function due to dysfunctional vertebrae, then chiropractic adjustments are used to help bring the spine back into normal function. Dysfunctional vertebrae that interfere with neurological impulses are termed “vertebral subluxation.”
How can you better adapt to stress? One way to become more resilient is by cultivating a higher quality of life- physically, mentally and socially. Having a higher quality of life can help you to adapt to stress more effectively which can create more resilience. Chiropractic care can increase your resistance to stress as it can strengthen the body’s ability to adapt by removing neurological interference in the structure-function relationship at the spinal cord level. The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation so the body can better adapt to stress, allowing more wellbeing within. A chiropractic evaluation which includes a bio-mechanical and neurophysiological evaluation can determine that care is appropriate and safe for you.