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Stress Management

Stress is recognized as a fundamental element in all chronic health conditions. Therefore, discovering and handling the source of a patient’s stress, is an important factor in optimizing health.

People have different responses to different types of stress. Situations that encourage some people to thrive can make others quite ill. However, both physical and emotional health can suffer when people feel powerless to change an unwanted condition.

Severe Stress

The origins of stress vary from patient to patient. Structural Stress can include jaw joint problems, misalignments from old injuries, or curvature of the spine, which place stress on internal organs or tissues. Toxic Stress may include the presence of heavy metals, drugs, substances or poor food choices. Infection Stress may be from viral, bacterial, fungal or dental infections. Psychological Stress can include unhappy relationships or jobs, feeling unfulfilled, unloved, lonely, fearful, resentful or simply having a negative outlook in life. Many studies have shown that your thoughts can make you sick.

Millions of years ago, Nature designed the body system which enables you to respond to a fright – it either gives you more energy to fight or empowers you to run away if the odds are too overwhelming. This body system monitoring the stress response is known as your adrenal glands.

Sitting like tiny pyramids on top of each of your kidneys, the job of your adrenal glands is to help you cope with stress from all sources. This can be anything from being unable to pay a bill, to have an argument with someone, or having to cope with chronic infection or illness.

Everyone knows the obvious effects of unwanted stress – your pulse speeds up, you may feel charged up; some of you may even feel shaky. If your body can cope with this it happens occasionally. But what if the unpleasant stress goes on and on? Chronic or severe acute stress can cause your adrenal glands to become tired and depleted to the point where you experience a general lack of wellbeing, which is not relieved by a good night’s sleep.

Dr Hans Selye discovered that all stress, whatever its origins, has the same detrimental effects on your body, if allowed to continue long enough. He defined the three main stages of stress as the Alarm Stage, where your body produces the classic initial symptoms of stress. If the stress continues, this is followed by the State of Resistance where your body attempts to adapt itself to the stress for a time. Lastly, when your body can no longer put up with the chronic stress, this is followed by the Exhaustion Stage.

In the clinic we believe in the importance of discovering the sources of a patient’s stress so that these can then be handled and the patient experiences relief from the situation. This may involve simply allowing patients to talk about their problems, making lifestyle or dietary modifications, physical treatments to help structural alignment or further laboratory testing.

We use an integrated approach to balance nutrition, hormones and body systems to bring about a better frame of mind and outlook which often bring new life and vigour.