Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Resilient Chiropractic. Dr. Amanda Engels and Dr. Debrah O’Hara at Resilient Chiropractic have made it their life’s mission to create happier, healthier people.
How Depth of STRESS Affects Your Body and a Drug Free Approach To Handling
Stress, something we are all too familiar with. There are few times in our lives that are not plagued by stress whether it’s at home, school, or work. However, in today’s evolving world we have seen stress levels skyrocket. We are turning to medication more and more for ourselves and our children to be able to combat the stress we are facing and the effects of it. So, how can we manage stress in our daily lives to be able to live our healthiest lives? First we have to understand what types of stress we are experiencing: physical, chemical, or emotional.
Let’s break down the 3 types of stress.
The most obvious type of stress is physical. Physical stress can be due to a major trauma such as a car accident, slip and fall, or sport injury. However, physical stress can be caused by minor traumas such as exercising, sitting at a desk for long periods, or poor posture. The repetitive daily motions can start to impact our body over time. These minor traumas build up to eventually equal a major trauma.
Chemical stress, this one we typically have the most control over. Chemical stress is due to foreign substances entering the body such as food, drink, medications, household products, or things we breathe in through the air. This is why organic/non-gmo foods, filtered drinking water, and choosing natural, non-toxic household products are so important. These things found in their most natural state are able to be better digested and absorbed through the body, as well as promote healthy organ function.
The last type of stress is emotional stress. This one is the most challenging. Emotional stress comes in many different forms. Healthy stress could look like planning a wedding or birthday party or getting a promotion at work. Unhealthy stress could look like adrenal fatigue, depression, or anxiety. Although complex, the mind is a very powerful thing. Our thoughts determine our overall well being. If you have a positive outlook on life, you reap the positive benefits; the opposite of this is also true.
Stress is inevitable. All of these forms of stress impact the function of the nervous system. Over time, the addition of all these different stress types build on each other which lead us getting stuck in a sympathetic mode, or what is more commonly known as the “fight or flight” response. Ideally, the body would be in a parasympathetic mode which means that the body feels safe enough to rest, digest, and heal from those stressors. If we are too far into the sympathetic response, our body will not be focused on optimal function but instead, survival. Whenever stress occurs, it’s important to focus on how your body responds to it. If your body and nervous system are already maxed out on stress levels and in that sympathetic response, your body has no more room for any other outside stressors. When you add in small stressors like lack of sleep or hydration, lack of bathroom habits, our body is now too overwhelmed to detox, reset and heal.
It is important to have a balance of these two systems. As neurologically-based chiropractors, we address these forms of stress and create a balance between the two different responses. Our gentle and specific techniques allow us to reduce the amount of nervous system stress in the body and allow your body to enter into the parasympathetics to be able to heal and have normal healthy function again.
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About the Authors ::
Dr. Debrah O’Hara is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and lived in many different places surrounding the city throughout her life. After trying many different career paths, she discovered that learning about the human body was her greatest interest. So she continued her education and received her Bachelors Degree in Science. From there she continued on to Life University in Marietta, Georgia where she received her Doctorate in Chiropractic. That is where she was able to expand on her interest in the human body and learned how chiropractic care can help the body function at its optimum potential without nerve interference. While in school, she focused a lot of her time learning about the importance of chiropractic care in pediatrics and pregnancy, and witnessed several amazing health transformations. She has made it her goal to see healthy kids become healthy adults, and that starts at conception. Dr. Debrah is a true believer of “the power that made the body heals the body” and when the body is functioning at its optimum, healing will take place from within. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Debrah spending time with her family, friends, and doggo.
Dr. Amanda Engels is a Louisiana native, and proud mama to her two sons, Martin & Rhett. Throughout her middle and high school career, she played many different sports. This sparked her interest in the biomechanics of the human body, which led her to pursue her bachelors in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University (Geaux Lions!). After discovering her passion for helping adults and children naturally, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Georgia. Her love for family and Louisiana culture brought her back to serve the people of this great state. She is driven to helping people of all ages reach optimal health by getting to the root cause and allowing the body to heal, without the use of drugs or surgery. When not serving the community, you can find Dr. Amanda spending time with family or outdoors. She enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, and traveling (just to name a few).