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How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Your Emotions and Your Spine

Once we understand that physical, chemical and emotional stressors are the basic reason behind subluxations, we get curious to know how emotions cause these spine misalignments. Yet, most of the time, our very own words reveal some simple tell tale signs.

“I cannot stand this anymore! I need back relief or I will go crazy!”

“That person is a big pain in the neck!”

“They are really cramping my style.”

“This neck pain is really killing me.”

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Our emotions are associated with the definition we give to certain circumstances or situations that we are in at the moment.

For example, for some people, the sight of a spider creates worry or fear. They begin to manifest this fear within their body, and then it can be expelled as back pain, shoulder pain, or all around nerve pain. However, for others, the same spider may be a a sign of good luck, or a beautiful piece of nature. Leading them to want to pick it up and provide it with love. Theses are two terribly different emotional responses to the same situation.

The Fight or Flight Response

The relationship is complicated, but easily put, once we become stressed, our body releases a “fight or flight” internal secretion of a hormone called cortisol. This hormone influences muscle tension throughout our body.

When the muscles around the spine tighten, they can cause misalignments. These misalignments will begin to affect the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves exiting the spine. After all, bones don’t move unless enforced by muscles, and muscles don’t contract unless authorized by the nervous system.

Our emotional health most definitely affects our immune system, increasing our susceptible to colds and infections throughout our emotionally difficult times. While regular chiropractic care won’t eliminate stress, it can help you learn to better control/accommodate it. A chiropractic adjustment will help relieve the tension placed on the nerves around the spine misalignment. In turn, the muscle, or organ on the other end of this stressed nerve will be able to function back at full capacity. Once the nerve is working 100%, the muscles, and organs can begin return to normal and relieve the stress that was trapped.

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