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Stress is a catalyst that leads to many other issues.

You may feel like there is little to do to alleviate your stress. You can get some relief when you visit your chiropractor.

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Many years ago, a saber-tooth tiger might have wanted you for dinner.

While that’s not likely to be a problem today, other stressful experiences – such as someone swerving into your lane on the motorway – can suddenly put your body into fight-or-flight mode, preparing for a possible attack.

Whether that attack is real or imagined your body responds in exactly the same way.

Fight or flight mode, it’s all about survival

In fight or flight mode you become alert and focused.

Your brain sends signals to your adrenal glands to release stress hormones like cortisol. And any system not vital to keeping you safe is put on hold. Such as your digestive, reproductive or immune systems. While this was helpful in escaping from the hungry saber-tooth tiger, it’s not a response often needed today.

Stress disturbs your body’s homeostasis; your state of equilibrium maintained by self-regulating processes. This impairs your ability to function and adapt, disrupting your overall wellbeing.

When it’s needed stress can be a big help.

It becomes a problem though when the stress hormones keep producing, leading to chronic stress. If your body never has a chance to recover, the negative effects build up. You can become lethargic and less resiliant. You’re less likely to exercise and everyday decisions become challenging.

Ongoing stress can be a major factor in many issues, such as:

Chronic stress can insidiously impact your life.When your fight or flight mode doesn’t turn off your other body systems suffer and this can lead to pathological problems, such as:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life when you’re not feeling your best. Regardless of your age, shape or size, gentle chiropractic adjustments are a natural way to relieve anxiety and stress, without the use of pills or surgery.

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Whatever situation you find yourself in, know that when you partner with Ellerslie Chiropractic, we always take the time to understand your goals and health conditions. Together, we will create a plan of action that can fit with you and your family’s life. This means it’s a plan you can actually follow, the kind with attainable outcomes.

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