How Stress Impacts Your Brain
By Dr. Alma Nenshi, Registered Chiropractor
Most individuals in this day and age suffer from constant chronic low levels of stress Physically, Chemically and Emotionally. Up to 90% of all illness is related to stress. What you may not know is how stress impacts your life and health and what you can do about it.
We live in a fast paced, high tech, high stress world. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences and from internal and external sources. Stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. The inability of the brain and nervous system to respond quickly and efficiently to stress causes bodily or mental tension leading to a variety of diseases.
No organism in nature is designed to withstand the effects of long term stress, including you. Anxiety, depression, digestive problems, memory loss, insomnia, hypertension, heart disease, strokes, cancer, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, colds, flu, accelerated aging, allergies, chronic fatigue, infertility, impotence, asthma, hormonal issues, skin conditions, hair loss, muscle spasms, and diabetes, are just a few conditions linked clinically to long term stress.
Chronic stress has propelled us into the early stages of a Neurologic Epidemic! All forms of stress are in reality Brain Stress, and more than 2 billion people worldwide are now suffering from brain based health challenges.
Stress causes 4 dysfunctions of the brain.
Common symptoms of an Under-Aroused brain may include: poor concentration, low energy, constipation, limited attention span, irritability and depression.
An Over-Aroused brain may lead to cold hands and feet, tight muscles, anxiety, restless sleep, racing mind, irritable bowel, high blood pressure, accelerated aging and teeth grinding symptoms.
Unstable brain dysfunction symptoms may include: headaches, seizures, hot flashes, food sensitivities, eating disorders, bipolar personality and mood swings while an Exhausted brain may demonstrate chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry said that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” He goes on to state that only 10% of our brain’s energy goes to thinking, metabolism, immunity and healing because 90% goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity. In other words, spine flexibility stimulates brain function, which in turn improves your posture. Poor posture equates to poor brain function, which is the result of poor movement of the spine.
When was the last time you had your brain, nervous system, posture and spine checked to see the effects of long term stress? Chiropractic spinal adjustments reset, rebalance and re-establish normal brain function. When the brain goes out of balance; the body will follow and go out of balance. When the brain is once again balanced, the body will follow as well and rebalance. This is called healing from above-down, inside-out.
We can re-establish brain balance and neutralize stress with deep meditation, rhythmic breathing, proper exercise like walking, being in nature, belly laughter, deep delta sleep, new light and sound technology and of course, proper chiropractic care. The chiropractic adjustment improves cortical function and balance, language skills, motivation, thinking, memory and quality of life while reducing stress levels, inflammation, muscle tone and pain.
Live the life you were designed to live. Remove spinal stresses with chiropractic care and allow your brain and nervous system to control and coordinate all the functions of your body with ease. Overcome your health challenges by removing interference in the spine and unleashing your inborn healing power. There is no doctor that can fix your health challenges better than the doctor that resides in you.
Special thanks to Dr. Bob Hoffman for his Brain Based Wellness Information that has been incorporated in this article.
Dr. Alma Nenshi, Registered Chiropractor
Chiropractic Wellness Clinic