“Oh you’ll be alright, you’re just under stress!”
Patients & Friends:
Often we hear the story of a patient suffering from various pains, headaches, Migraine, irritable bowel or some other disorder and a well-meaning friend comments, “Oh you’ll be alright, you’re just under stress!” You may indeed be “under stress,” but the question is, will you be alright? Scientists have linked stress to onset of a range of human ailments including devastating diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, and not merely seemingly benign problems such as Migraine. Moreover, there is even evidence that patients with Migraine are more likely to suffer devastating strokes later in life.
Part of the beauty of the chiropractic experience is that most chiropractors encourage a lifestyle of wellness in addition to focusing efforts on neck, back and joint problems. Overcoming these nerve and joint pains may be one of the important ways doctors of chiropractic help people get to a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, rest and staying active. In addition, there is even evidence that chiropractic adjustments and massage can calm down the nervous system and directly impact some of the negative effects of stress.
Our pastor pointed out recently that scripture teaches us not to worry about our life, what we will eat or drink, and what clothing we will wear. Instead we are to read the word, pray, and rejoice, and we will know a peace that goes beyond what we can imagine.
True stress management begins when we look to the physical and psychological impact of stress, engage in a healthy lifestyle, and look to chiropractic to help us with our joint and muscle problems so that we can stay active. Some patients will need a counselor to help them even while we use other holistic treatments. In this way we may well add years to our life and life to our years, just as chiropractors used to say!
Robert A. Leach, DC, MS, FICC(h), CHES
Scientists have long hypothesized links between the presence of stressors and future development of heart disease, stroke and cancer, based on a variety of animal and human approaches to studying stress. Recently a novel study was reported in which the health of 1,980 persons who sustained at least one injury (broken bone for example) was compared with the rest of a cohort of 14,087 persons with no prior history of heart disease and other chronic problems, all of whom were present during or immediately after the World Trade Center attacks. There was a 3-fold increase in chronic conditions (heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer) within 5-6 years of the attacks that correlated with the number of injuries sustained and with the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24561992
A growing body of current research indicates that patients with migraine have small ischemic strokes; of patients presenting with ischemic stroke, when compared with 720 patients without migraine, 196 migraine patients had infarctions due to cardio-embolism as opposed to small vessel disease, and a very significant number had symptoms from the back of the head, where the migraine was associated with small cortical infarctions: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24588506
Scientists found that Brain PET scans revealed increased glucose metabolism in three brain areas and decreased glucose metabolism in two brain areas while lower stress and improved quality of life was associated with relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system after chiropractic spinal manipulation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22314714
Veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan had significant reductions in ratings of physical pain, tension, irritability, anxiety/worry, and depression after massage, that improved further over time in this study published in Military Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23397692
Scripture teaches us that life is bigger than the worries we typically focus on (see Matthew 6:25, Phillipians 3:20, and Phillipians 4:4-7 KJV of the Holy Bible). I don’t know where she heard it, but my wife has a quote that summarizes it nicely for me: “We are not earthly beings on a heavenly journey, but heavenly beings on an earthly journey!” http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-6-25/
For information about mental health visit: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
For information about mental health in Mississippi and to find providers visit: http://www.dmh.state.ms.us/