2017-02-23 / Neighbors

IS STRESS MANAGING YOU?

It’s time to reclaim your life from stress and Dr. Ellie Rolnick from Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre in Biddeford can help you do that. “Stress can be physical, chemical or emotional: what we do with our bodies, what we put into our bodies and of course, how we respond to life’s stressors. About 90% of primary care physician visits are due to stress related problems. That’s pretty high. Our bodies are meant to react to stress and then recover from it.

“We all have the ability to adapt, but when we have been in a stressful state continually, over a period of time, our ability to adapt gets less and less. This is where disease comes in; this is how and why people get sick.” “If they’re lucky, they have symptoms, alerting them to the fact that something needs to change.”

Dr. Ellie said we’ve all heard about that person who seems completely healthy, but who suddenly suffers a heart attack. “Were they really healthy?” Dr. Ellie asks. “No.” Dr. Ellie says the best way to explain it is with the following story:

“Let’s suppose you’re taking a walk through the woods of Maine and you come upon a black bear. Your heart rate is going to get faster, your breathing is going to get faster, your hands will get cold and clammy because the blood bear or run away.” She continues.

“All of this happens for a reason you’re aware of everything going on around you. Processes like digestion, reproduction and immune function are not important in that moment. However, when the black bear leaves or you escape it, you should recover from all that: your heart rate slows down, your systems begin working correctly again.” Here’s the challenge.

“We live in a society where people are stressed constantly. Our ability to adapt to the stress is not like it should be,” Dr. Ellie said, adding that more people are taking medications for digestive issues, experiencing infertility or chronic infections all due to excessive stress.

Dr. Ellie explains that an individual’s brain and nervous system is the interface between the outside world and what happens inside the body. We’re programmed to deal with stresses like the bear a few times a year not several times each day. With our body’s limited ability to adapt, the nervous system becomes overwhelmed. The nervous system controls the stress response, including heart rate and blood pressure as well as the digestive and immune systems.

“Chiropractic reduces interferences and increases the body’s adaptability,” says Dr. Ellie. “You can’t get rid of stress, but what you can do it improve the body’s ability to adapt. In doing that, it helps the body to heal itself, which is exactly what it’s supposed to do. The‘Stress Response Evaluation’ is a way we can measure the body’s ability to respond and adapt to stress and how our care improves that (see our ad for more info).”

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