Stress on our bodies can be categorised into three main areas, physical, chemical and emotional stress. Overloading your body with stress increases your risk factors for ill health and disease – be it cardiovascular disease or poor immune response. At Putney Chiropractic we actively promote a healthier lifestyle by initially identifying the sources of stress and then take action steps to minimise your exposure to these stressors.
Chemical stress refers to an imbalance of chemicals in the body, which in turn affects the body’s ability to function efficiently. The main causes of chemical stress are either internal (diet, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, unnecessary prescription or over the counter medication) or external (environmental pollution, toxic chemicals in cleaning products, etc…).
Emotional stress is a little more self explanatory and unfortunately considered by many as a normal state of being. Work, family, relationships and city life can all be significant sources of stress which in turn can have an enormous effect on our body’s ability to function well.
Physical stress is not always something drastic such as an injury or strain. One of the most damaging things to our bodies can be sitting down for long periods of time. Prolonged sitting can gradually alter the muscles in your back, resulting in misalignment of your spine and therefore disruption to your central nervous system.
Other physical stressors include repetitive lifting and bending, a full time athletic schedule or family related lifting, bending and chasing little ones.