Stress is everywhere, and it comes in many different forms. Everyone handles stress in different ways, but the brain and nervous system processes stress both internally and externally. Most of the effects of stress on the body we cannot feel. While many people only characterize chiropractic with pain relief, reduced effects of stress on the body is a welcomed positive side effect of every chiropractic adjustment. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy looked at the stress response and spinal adjustments. The results from the study really show how significant spinal adjustments are for affecting stress on human health.
The study used 30 asymptomatic subjects and split them into 3 separate groups with the first two receiving spinal adjustments, just in different areas, and the third received no adjustment. They tested three specific hormones that are markers for pain perception and stress response. Immediately after a spinal adjustment in the first two groups, they recorded significantly higher values of a positive response than the third group in all three hormone levels.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did just 5 years ago. With stress hormones at an all-time high, and more drugs prescribed to mask the symptoms of stress, the need for Chiropractic has never been greater. Because of the intimate connection between the spine and the nervous system, every adjustment helps to balance the autonomic nervous system. As a result, a calming effect occurs throughout the entire body. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are critical for improving healthy longevity, reducing the acceleration of stress hormones, and combatting the consequences of stressful times in life.