Probably the least understood and most overlooked aspect of the subluxation is its emotional component. While physical strain is often repetitive, and chemical exposure can certainly be prolonged, the emotional trigger for subluxations is especially pervasive and destructive. Chronic stress, worry, and anxiety leads to emotional overload and will compound the physical and chemical causes of subluxation as well.
Behind the Emotional Component
Back when life was a little simpler and we didn’t have so many demands on our time and resources, the body’s stress mechanism was not so abused. Our stress hormones govern the classic “fight or flight” mechanism in our bodies and fuel the survival instinct. Imagine that you are faced with a life or death situation. Your body’s internal alarm system triggers the adrenal glands to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which results in, among other things, increased heart rate and respiration, and an enhanced reaction time. In the short term this process is essential for survival. But like having your accelerator stuck to the floor, it will lead to emotional burnout in the long run.
When your body is working in harmony, the fight or flight reaction is balanced by a calming response controlled by a certain part of the nervous system. If you live in a chronically stressed state, either your environment is so demanding that you are physically unable to return to a relaxed state, or your nervous system is stuck in high gear. Whichever the case, positive steps can be taken to reestablish a healthy balance within the body.
Diminishing the effects of stress on your body requires a two-pronged approach.
First, get adjusted! Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments and allow the nervous system to bring the body back into balance. A healthy nervous system is able to take a body stuck in overdrive and shift it back down to a healthy idle. The body can only work in complete harmony when the nervous system is free of interference.
Secondly, while it is impossible to eliminate stress from your life, there is much that can be done to minimize its negative effects.
Get into the habit of taking some quiet time for yourself on a daily basis. Just half an hour per day can go a long way to bringing some calm into a hectic life. Combining this time with physical exercise will compound its beneficial effects. For example, you might engage in some positive visualization while taking a brisk walk.
If left unaddressed, stress and subluxations can certainly feed off of one another. But by taking simple action steps you can neutralize their effects and continue to maintain outrageous health!