One of the greatest challenges, and often the most common underlying root cause to many of the conditions seen in our office when people are “unwell”, stems from the ill effects of stress.
Some of the early research on stress (conducted by Walter Cannon in 1932) established the existence of the well-known “fight-or-flight” response. His work showed that when an organism experiences a shock or perceives a threat, it quickly releases hormones that help it to survive.
In humans, as in other animals, these hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart rate and blood pressure, delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. They increase sweating in an effort to cool these muscles, and help them stay efficient. They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies, reducing blood loss if we are damaged. As well as this, these hormones focus our attention on the threat, to the exclusion of everything else. All of this significantly improves our ability to survive life-threatening events.
The problem arises when our bodies stay in this state of heightened alertness, chronically , and we then go into a state of adaptation, and finally exhaustion.
Getting to the root of this long standing issue can greatly improve the over health of individuals. At CoreHealth, we have the tools and available tests to investigate further and rule out cortisol hyper-secretion, or under functioning hormone pathways.
There are many ways to address these imbalances, naturally and help support the body in its adaptation under stress. It is important to manage it properly to avoid some of the many conditions related to untreated stress, which include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep disorders
- Skin conditions
- Inflammatory conditions
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Injuries that are slow to recover
- Heart disease
- Poor immune status
- Chronic diseases, such as Cancer
- And many more…
Come and see us today so we can help your body in adapting better under these conditions and help you feel your optimal best!
Physical Therapy For Stress Management