It’s a well-known fact that stress is bad for the body. But just how bad is it? According to science, chronic stress directly correlates with chronic health conditions. Allowing the body to rest and relax is one of the best ways to combat stress. With rest, our bodies are better able to combat issues before they become problematic, as opposed to trying to tame severe problems with an already-present sickness or condition. When the body is in a state of rest, it’s the parasympathetic system that is responsible for allowing us this rest and relaxation. Focusing on increasing the function of the parasympathetic system within the body through chiropractic care from a Charlotte chiropractor decreases our stress responses for better rest to be able to handle whatever may come our way.
The Science Behind Rest
The autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous systems. The parasympathetic nervous system is what triggers the rest and digest responses that allow our bodies to rest and recover. Life is busy and it can lead to wear and tear on the body. But a high functioning parasympathetic nervous system can counteract the stresses of life, allowing the heart rate to slow, decreasing blood pressure, and leading to proper digestion. The only way to ensure that this system is functioning optimally is by taking care of the central nervous system as a whole, which can be done with neurologically-based chiropractic care provided by Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor.
What Disrupts Rest?
If you feel that you are always fighting off sickness or feel stressed all the time or simply don’t feel like you are able to rest and relax, it could be a problem of stress and an issue of the spine. Most people experience some stress, and that is totally normal. When we feel stress, our bodies react by activating the sympathetic nervous system, or the fight and flight response. But once the problem has righted itself, our bodies should switch back to the parasympathetic response, allowing us to rest and recuperate. However, most people today have such chronic stress that the body never truly switches out of the sympathetic state, leaving the body’s systems in a constant state of turmoil. Likewise, spinal misalignments disrupt the function of the central nervous system and may negatively affect the parasympathetic response system, disrupting our ability to rest.
Chiropractic Care Improves the Parasympathetic, Rest, Response
Regular visits to Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic is one of the best ways to ensure the parasympathetic nervous system isn’t impaired in any way. Dr. Grant locates problematic spinal misalignments that could be the source of an inability to rest, and he removes them with gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments. Proper spinal alignment ensures that the body can function optimally once again, allowing you to rest and recover for increased health and wellness.
If you feel stressed or like your body can’t rest and relax, chiropractic care can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic for true rest and relaxation.
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