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How stress impacts your immune system
Posted by: Dr. Justin Zellweger |

Stress, The Immune System, and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Wellness experts of all kinds have acknowledged the connection between mind and body. 

 

Collaborative research conducted by scientists confirms that your state of mind is indeed linked to health conditions that range from stomachaches to heart disease.

 

A prime example of the impact your mind and emotions have on your health is the link between stress and the immune system. 

 

Chronic stress stemming from the pressures of relationship strife to challenges at work can cause serious long-term health problems.

 

And now we have more reason to be stressed than ever before in our lifetimes.

 

COVID-19 has completely changed the world we live in, and it can be challenging to adjust to such a drastic change quickly.

 

Many people are unaware that chiropractic care can be used as a stress reliever. 

 

If you haven't heard of chiropractic care being used as a stress reliever, you may be curious as to whether it really helps.

 

How exactly how can getting your back adjusted reduce stress levels? 

 

We're all stressed from time to time, so if chiropractic care can be used to help with stress, everyone should know about it.

 

Luckily, the popularity of chiropractic care for stress is growing, so more people are reaping the benefits. 

 

 

In the article below, we will talk about the impact stress has on the immune system, and how chiropractic care can help relieve you of your stress.

 

 

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Stress and Immune System Suppression

The website of the American Psychological Association has some of the early research that points out the mind-body connection. 

 

A study of medical students conducted during the 1980s and 1990s supports the link between stress and a reduced ability to fight infection. 

 

Data from the study showed that participants had a suppressed immune system response each year during a three-day exam period. 

 

The data also showed a reduced number of T cells, which fight infection, and they nearly stopped producing gamma interferon, a substance that boosts immunity.

 

The research in the decades since then has broadened in scope, including studies about who is more prone to immunosuppression and the types of mental disorders contributing to it.

 

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conducted a study that found that older people with chronic mild depression have a higher chance of immune system suppression. 

 

Study participants in their 70s who were caretakers of Alzheimer's disease patients had weaker lymphocyte T cell responses.

 

A weaker T cell response is an indicator of your ability to fight viruses and bacteria. 

 

Though they were just mildly depressed, their age added to the negative impact on their immune system, even when they were tested 18 months later.

 

The Cleveland Clinic wrote an article that discusses the link between stress and inflammation, which is a physical response by your immune system. 

 

The effect of stressful circumstances on your health is directly tied to the length of time your body responds to a stressor.

 

When you're under a great deal of stress, the hormone cortisol is released by your immune system. 

 

The production of cortisol boosts your immunity at first and reduces inflammation. 

 

However, long-term overproduction of cortisol does the complete opposite and increases inflammation. 

 

Long-term stress can also result in chronic depression or anxiety, which are both conditions that increase inflammation.

 

Chronic inflammation can raise your chance of developing conditions like:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

 

Suffering from the emotional challenges of stress can also result in other serious health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, gastric ulcers, and type 2 diabetes. 

 

Related post: Boost your immunity the natural way

 

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Can a chiropractor help you reduce stress?

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

After seeing the negative impact stress can have on your health, you are probably even more curious about how chiropractic care can help.

 

Chiropractors are doctors that are trained with powerful tools against stress. 

 

Chiropractors work with the spine, which is the base from which stress impulses radiate throughout the body, to help their patients cope better with stress.

 

Proper spinal alignment is the first step to reducing stress.

 

If your spine is misaligned, your nervous system can't properly send messages through the body. 

 

Proper spinal alignment means better communication and increased system efficiency.

 

Along with regular chiropractic care, exercising regularly will lower levels of hormones and chemicals that build up from periods of intense stress.

 

You may also notice other changes, like being in a better mood, less insomnia, and improved self-image.

 

You may also have a better connection with nature if you exercise outdoors.

 

Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, soothe irritated spinal nerves, and improve blood circulation.

 

These changes can often alert the brain to switch off it's fight-or-flight response so the body can return to a more relaxed state. 

 

Your chiropractor will also likely offer nutritional advice, rehabilitative exercises, deep-tissue massage, relaxation techniques, and postural changes that can also help manage stress.

 

It's impossible to eliminate stress completely.

 

However, regular chiropractic care can help negate some of its effects and prevent long-term damage to the body.

 

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Can chiropractic care help you reduce stress?

How Do I Get Started?

If you're looking for relief from your stress, a great place to start is the Arrowhead Clinic. 

 

The chiropractors at Arrowhead will be happy to speak with you and get you started toward a more stress-free life during these trying times. 

 

Their clinic is low stress, as they provide free consultations to first-time visitors. 

 

A chiropractor at the Arrowhead Clinic may be able to align your spine and reduce your stress levels to have you feeling happy and healthy now and for good.

 

To get started with the Arrowhead Clinic, click the button below.

 

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