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Chiropractic Stress Series: Mental Stress

Chiropractic Stress Series: Mental Stress
Published Thursday, 07 June 2018

Do you feel like your stress levels are higher than they’ve ever been?

You’re not alone.

44% of Americans say in last five years their stress levels have risen dramatically. There are numerous factors that can increase mental stress. Americans attribute stress to their jobs, relationships, money issues, and even just the 24-hour news cycle.

Mental stress, just like physical stress, initiates certain processes in the body that can disrupt the status quo of your health and physical well-being if continued over time.

What Happens to the Body During Mental Stress Situations

When you experience mental stress, a fight or flight response is released in the body. Chemicals are released that cause the following symptoms:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased blood volume
  • Adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine are released

Physical stress may ebb and flow with the bodily response to stress—indeed, physical stress may not last for extended periods of time. However, when the body is responding to mental stress, these levels may be elevated over long periods of time.

Effects of Flight or Fight Response on Body

Increased heart rate, blood pressure and volume, and the chemicals released by the Adrenal Gland can have serious negative impacts on the body, including, but not limited to:

  • Tension can cause the muscles to tense
  • The spine can become locked in an undesirable position
  • The body’s immune system is disrupted
  • Slowed healing
  • Impaired sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues
  • Cardiovascular issues

What a Chiropractor Can Do For You

Spinal Adjustment

When muscles become tense and the spine is locked in a position that hinders the nervous system, the body stops functioning at full capacity. When a chiropractor adjust the spine, muscle tension relaxes, leaving the body feeling relaxed, helping to reduce the mental stress. This also helps the brain to turn off the flight or fight response and stop the chemicals being released into your body.

Therapeutic Massage

Along with adjustments, a chiropractor can provide therapeutic massage, specifically targeting areas of your body with special techniques to relieve tension. This can help to balance your body and release a build up of chemicals in your muscles and tissues. Insurance might even cover therapeutic massage, be sure to contact your insurance provider.

Nutrition Recommendation

Chiropractors can offer you nutritional advice that will help to combat some of the issues impacting your body as a result of prolonged mental stress. If you have cardiovascular issues, weight gain, or digestive issues, a chiropractor can help improve your overall wellness by recommending changes and additions to your nutrition that might ease some of the effects of stress. Ask your chiropractor about supplement recommendations to add into your daily routine as well.

If you are suffering from mental stress from any number of causes, the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center are available to help you relieve tension and better manage your mental stress. Call our offices today to schedule your appointment and start on the path to better overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Are The Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 31 May 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

We look for the cause and most other specialties do not. They treat symptoms and that's not what we to do here. We find the cause of what's going on and when you remove the cause, most of the time you're gonna get rid of the symptoms. And once the symptoms are gone, then we can go for stability and then once the stability...when we get stability, then we go for maintenance.

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)
Published Thursday, 24 May 2018

D.D. Palmer, the author of 1910’s The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, stated that the causes of nerve interference and subluxation are the 3 T’s: trauma, toxins, and thoughts. Since then, chiropractors around the world have used these three elements to identify the source of each patient’s nerve interference and subluxation, so not only can adjustments be made to the body, but the overall health and wellness of the patient can be taken care of.

Before we get to the Three T’s, we need to understand nerve interference and subluxation.

Subluxation

The chiropractic definition of subluxation is a slight misalignment of vertebrae. It is said to be the central cause of many health problems, according to chiropractic theory.

Nerve Interference

Subluxation is what causes nerve interference. Adjusting the misalignment of the vertebrae allows the nerves to function properly and restore and maintain overall health and wellness.

Chiropractors can help with many different types of physical pain by making spinal adjustments to correct nerve interference caused by subluxation. But what causes the subluxation in the first place?

The Three T’s: Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts

If you are experiencing subluxation of your vertebrae, it is likely due to trauma, toxins, thoughts, or a combination of the three. Pinpointing the cause of your misalignment is a fundamental part of chiropractic medicine; with regular chiropractic adjustment, you can fix the not only the symptoms but the cause of the misalignment.

Trauma

Trauma is the most obvious cause of subluxation. This refers to any physical injury that might cause misalignment of your vertebrae. There are many different physical injuries capable of impacting the spine, including:  

  • Childbirth
  • Sports injury
  • Car accident
  • Forceful coughing
  • Fall

Your chiropractor may take x-rays or simply do a physical exam if you are having pain related to trauma. It’s likely that you will need to see the doctor for a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as an at-home regimen of stretching in order to fully heal your misalignment.

Toxins

The public at large is demanding more and more information about the toxins we are exposed to each day.  This includes the way these dangerous toxins come into contact with your body as well as the impact they have on your overall health. Any kind of toxin, such as a cleaning agent, processed food, or air pollution, can cause imbalances in your body. Your muscles react to imbalances by contracting, creating subluxation in your spine.

If you have had no physical trauma, but are having back issues, headaches, muscle weakness, or any other symptoms that could be related to subluxation, you might need to start looking at the toxins going into your body and where they are coming from. Sometimes changing the cleaning agents you use at home or making a change to your diet— coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments— can go a long way in fixing the alignment of your spine and relieving your pain.

Thoughts

While it might not be the most obvious cause of subluxation in the spine, it is likely the number one cause for most patients. Stress from your job, a fight with your significant other, worry about your kids, or even just watching the news can cause the muscles in your body to contract when you start feeling the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Aside from the physical adjustments from your chiropractor, they will also give you advice on how to better manage stress so that your body doesn’t have the reaction and continue causing you pain.

If you have physical pain and are having trouble identifying the root causes, the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic are here to help. Call our team today to set up an appointment to see how we can improve your overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Are the Advantages of Being Treated at South Orange Chiropractic Center?

Published Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Coming to this office, South Orange Chiropractic Center, we look for the most natural and efficient and effective form of care to help relieve a patient's symptoms. One of the key distinctions we make is: Are we treating the pain, or are we treating the problem? Many patients come to us that have had their pain treated, head pain, back pain, neck pain and they're chasing it with the chemistry. They're putting drugs into the body. If this drug doesn't work, try this drug. If this doesn't work, try this one.

Well, here, we want to find the cause. If we can't find the cause, we're not going to start treatment. So, the object of our first visit is always does the patient belong here? If you do, we tell you. If not, we're not going to waste your time or our time. But the key is finding the cause of the problem. Once we treat the cause, the symptoms go away.

[VIDEO] What Are the Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury?

Published Thursday, 03 May 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark Roczey:

Well, shoulder pain is extremely common these days. A lot of times, patients are going to have pain all over the shoulders. There's various conditions. It can show up in the front of the shoulder, the side of the shoulder, or back of the shoulder, and all regions can be diagnosed differently. But, most commonly, what we find is a bursitis or a frozen shoulder. Those are the most common. However, a lot of times, the shoulder pain can be coming from the neck. That's why it's always important to get a comprehensive evaluation and thermal scan to see exactly where the problem is coming from.

A Puzzle a Day Keeps Dementia Away: Keeping Your Mind Active

A Puzzle a Day Keeps Dementia Away: Keeping Your Mind Active
Published Tuesday, 01 May 2018

About five million people in the United States are suffering from varying degrees of dementia. Dementia is “a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Research has shown that the process of dementia is a slow one and there has been an uptick in research on how to prevent and slow down the symptoms of dementia.

Instead of waiting until symptoms of dementia start showing themselves, there are ways for people throughout their life, to keep their mind healthy and active. All of these recommendations can be used at any age, whether you are young, middle-aged, or retired, it’s never too early or too late to engage your brain!

Hobbies

It might be a bit of a stereotype to say that older women should take up knitting or sewing. However, the cliche “use it or lose it” exists for a reason. Knitting, quilting, model building, cross-stitching, woodworking, painting, playing chess, or playing golf, are all ways to keep your mind engaged.

According to studies, using the skills on a regular basis and endeavoring to improve or take on more challenging projects will keep memory slips at bay.

Social Groups

Some hobbies can be done in a social setting. Along with the hobbies we already listed-- knitting, quilting, chess, or golf-- there are activities and hobbies that can be done with others. If you love reading, think about joining a local book club. Reading is shown to keep your mind sharp, but expressing and listening to the opinions of others can help keep your reasoning skills functioning.

Consider volunteering for a cause close to your heart. Going and helping at your local food bank, or helping at the local hospital keeps you in contact with many different types of people and lets you hone social skills outside of your friends and family.

Keep Learning

Sometimes we lament the amount of technology out in the world, but in terms of keeping an active and engaged mind, technology is practically magic. When you’re in a learning environment, whether that be high school, college, or graduate level work, sometimes it can be exhausting and you wish it over.

You’ll likely find, once you are out of the learning environment, you miss it. Listen to an educational podcast in the car when you are driving places. Pick up an app to learn a new language and commit to studying for a certain amount of time daily. When you challenge your brain to learn new things, you stimulate the processes that will keep your brain cells communicating and functioning.

Music

There have been many studies over the years showing how music is beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Even when patients are in the last stages of death, they likely will be able to remember lyrics and sing their favorite hymns, show tunes, or songs.

Newer studies show evidence that people who learned as a child to play an instrument, or older people who never stopped playing an instrument, might help to prevent dementia or slow the progression down.


The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can help you manage and improve your overall health and well-being. Call our offices to make an appointment and see what ways we can help you improve your health and keep your brain active and engaged.

[VIDEO] How Do I Keep My Neck Pain from Coming Back?

Published Thursday, 19 April 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once somebody's neck pain has been addressed, and we are able to diagnose the condition, and we treat them aggressively on active care, we slowly place the patient on passive care. At that point, they're instructed to do more at-home exercises. We commonly recommend a cervical neck pillow to support the neck curvature at night, which is so important, as well as posture techniques at work, so that they can stabilize and address any issues that might be causing more stress on their neck.

[VIDEO] What are Some Surprising Problems that You Treat?

Published Thursday, 05 April 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Numbness and tingling in the hands, not uncommon for some people, but they don't know how to deal with it because it's a hand problem they think. I don't have neck pain, but my hand's numb, especially at night, or it wakes me up during the night, or in the morning I've got to shake it loose, but it never happened before.

So based on our consultation and the history, when we do a thermal scan, if we see the nerve is hot in the neck, and we can see that on the camera, we know the nerve from the neck runs down the arm. Maybe that's the beginning of the hand numbness, is the beginning of a degenerative condition, or a loss of curve in the neck. Because as chiropractors we look at curves, we look at the normal structure, because we know that structure determines function. And ff you're not functioning that well, structurally, something's got to be wrong. Let us find the cause of the problem, and let us come up with and help you with a solution.

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