It’s no surprise that chronic stress can have adverse affects on your health. According to an article in the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, “chronic stress has a significant effect on the immune system that ultimately manifest an illness. It raises catecholamine and suppressor T cells levels, which suppress the immune system. This suppression, in turn raises the risk of viral infection”.
Even more devastating are the more serious illnesses that can be caused or worsened by chronic stress, such as atherosclerosis (heart disease), diabetes, depression, and cancer. What is not well known are the strategies by which this stress can be effectively managed.
When considering lifestyle changes that can reduce chronic stress, most will start an exercise program, a meditation practice, or even a career change. All of these strategies are great, but what if these changes aren’t sufficient enough to produce the health results desired?
There is a way to test for how well your body is managing stress, and when coupled with a specific chiropractic plan, can produce results! Heart Rate Variability (HRV) helps the doctor discover to what degree stress is affecting their patient. According to Dr. David Fletcher of CLA, “The real value of HRV interpretation is the ability to observe complex systems achieve a greater sense of ease and balance, especially after they have been stressed. This is described as a state of coherence and is highly desirable as the complex systems become highly efficient and thereby adaptable.”
Chiropractic adjustments may influence these results positively post adjustment, as there is a reduction is subluxation or nerve pressure. Have you seen your Kennesaw chiropractor yet for this test?
Salleh, Mohd. Razali. “Life Event, Stress and Illness.” The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences : MJMS 15.4 (2008): 9–18. Print.