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How Chiropractic Can Reduce Stress Symptoms

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Chronic Stress and Your Adrenals

Once upon a time, a saber-tooth tiger might have wanted you for lunch.

While that’s unlikely to happen today, other stressful episodes–like someone swerving into your lane on the freeway–can quickly put your body into fight-or-flight mode, gearing up for a possible attack.

Your body responds identically whether you experience or simply perceive that potential attack.

In other words, whether you think someone might swerve into your lane or they actually do, your stress response activates the exact same way: Your brain signals your adrenal glands to release hormones like cortisol to help you cope with that stressor.

“Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious, or a combination of these,” says James Wilson, ND, DC, Ph.D., in Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. “It is important to know that your adrenals respond to every kind of stress the same, whatever the source.”

At its source, any kind of stress threatens homeostasis or balance. When something becomes out of balance — in this case, the repercussions of stress on your mental or physical health — your stress response scrambles to alleviate that stressor and restore equanimity.

“When you are faced with a stressful situation, the adrenals produce hormones that allow the body to divert energy away from day-to-day maintenance and put it all toward getting you through the task at hand,” says Alan Christianson, ND, in The Adrenal Reset Diet.

That fight-or-flight response can protect you, help you stay focused and alert, and even keep you alive. Any system your body doesn’t need — say digestion — takes a backseat as your body gears up to