The answer is YES. Stress can kill you. Through evolution, the human body was designed to cope with short bursts of stress. For example, when our ancient ancestors were being the hunters or the hunted. Today’s world has people experiencing sustained levels of stress throughout their day from work stress, relationship stress, financial stress, and time management stress. The stress never stops!
When we are stressed out brain goes into hyper-drive and secretes cortisol and adrenaline hormones. Your body is designed to deal with high levels of these hormones for short periods of time. When they are constantly being secreted into your blood stream they can have numerous adverse affects on your overall health, such as: high blood pressure, heartburn, heart plapitations, depression, anxiety, and neurological disorder.
An interesting study by a team of Japanese researchers in 2011 gave chiropractic adjustments to 12 men and examined PET scan images and blood chemistry to examine the effect that chiropractic has on the autonomic nervous system when it is stressed.
After receiving a chiropractic neck adjustment, patients had altered brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly reduced cortisol levels, indicating decreased stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.
We are all stressed. Help your body deal with the stress with regular chiropractic adjustments. Your health will flourish.
Keep Calm & Reduce Stress.
Ogura T, Tashiro M, Masud M, et al. Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative Therapies. 2011;17(6):12-17.