Cortisol and the Chronic Stress Response
The Mayo Clinic states that “the long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Digestive problems
- Memory impairment
- Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema”
What is the Chronic stress response? “It is a state of ongoing physiological arousal. This occurs when the body experiences so many stressors that the autonomic nervous system rarely has a chance to activate the relaxation response. (We were built to handle acute stress, not chronic stress.) This type of chronic stress response occurs all too frequently from our modern lifestyle, when everything from high-pressured jobs to loneliness to busy traffic can keep the body in a state of perceived threat and chronic stress. In this case, our fight-or-flight response, which was designed to help us fight a few life-threatening situations spaced out over a long period (like being attacked by a bear every so often), can wear down our bodies and cause us to become ill, either physically or emotionally. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90% of doctor’s visits are for conditions in which stress at least plays a role!”
Why Are My Kids Always Sick?
The 9th International Conference on Spinal Manipulation in Toronto in 2002 reported that patients undergoing spinal adjustments displayed dramatic decreases of cortisol suggesting that there were physiological consequences that led to improved immune system function. Cortisol is a hormone that actually reduces the function of the immune system leading to poor health.
NUCCA Chiropractic reduces the stress response by decreasing cortisol and other hormones and therefore improves immune function. This explains why our patients who are under regular spinal care for years are able to stay healthy. Most of our patients rarely have colds and flu as long as they maintain their alignment. This also explains why kids that grow up with an aligned spine in my experience have less colds and flu and are just generally healthier overall. If cortisol level stays where it is supposed to be than the immune system works the way that it was designed to work.
Who do you know that is chronically stressed? Who do you know that is sick frequently? A Brain Stem Subluxation could be the underlying cause.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com