Physical, Chemical and Emotional Stress

Physical, Chemical and Emotional Stress

You know you’re stressed, but did you know that there are 3 kinds* of stress that could be weighing you down? During the month of September we’ll be talking about these three types – Physical, Chemical and Emotional – how each affects us and our reactions to them.

Physical Stress

Physical stress comes from the postures and positions you maintain throughout the day; it results from your actions and activity, or lack thereof. We all understand the importance of a proper work environment and ergonomic habits for carpenters, plumbers, assembly line workers. Too much heavy lifting and twisting or repetition can cause injury. But we don’t pay as much attention to how sedentary many other jobs are. Add that to fact that we sit when we eat, we sit when we drive, we sit when we relax. That lack of motion is another physical stress that your body has to deal with.

Chemical Stress

Chemicals, both man-made and natural can be a stress on your body. Natural allergens such as nuts, dairy, and other foodstuffs can impart stress through the reactions they produce. For the most part these can be easily avoided. What is more difficult to avoid are the thousands of synthetic chemicals within which we are immersed every day. From the paint on your walls, to the dye in your clothes, the additives to food, and personal hygiene products. Many of these chemicals are known to be cancer causing agents and hormone disruptors which can place an enormous stress on your body.

Emotional Stress

Anger, fear, sadness, anxiety. These are the kinds of things we often think of when talking about stress. They are normal emotions and serve an important purpose in the short and long term. But when you are in a chronic and continual state of emotional stress your body is put under pressure. The hormone cortisol, known as “the stress hormone” is circulated throughout the body with wide ranging effects including poor sleep, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and general anxiety.

All of us have stress in our lives, and while avoiding some of it can be beneficial, we can’t (and shouldn’t) eliminate it all. Hans Selye, the father of modern stress psychology, stated “It is not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it”. In that sentiment please join us over the next few weeks as we’ll discuss some simple, yet effective management techniques for better health.

- See more at: http://www.clearpathchiropractic.com/three-kinds-of-stress#sthash.5gKmIW...

ou know you’re stressed, but did you know that there are 3 kinds* of stress that could be weighing you down? During the month of September we’ll be talking about these three types – Physical, Chemical and Emotional – how each affects us and our reactions to them.

Physical Stress

Physical stress comes from the postures and positions you maintain throughout the day; it results from your actions and activity, or lack thereof. We all understand the importance of a proper work environment and ergonomic habits for carpenters, plumbers, assembly line workers. Too much heavy lifting and twisting or repetition can cause injury. But we don’t pay as much attention to how sedentary many other jobs are. Add that to fact that we sit when we eat, we sit when we drive, we sit when we relax. That lack of motion is another physical stress that your body has to deal with.

- See more at: http://www.clearpathchiropractic.com/three-kinds-of-stress#sthash.5gKmIW...

You know you’re stressed, but did you know that there are 3 kinds of stress that could be weighing you down? Physical, Chemical and Emotional. Or as DD Palmer the founder of Chiropractic identified "The 3 T's - Trauma, Toxins & Thoughts"

Physical Stress (Trauma)

Physical stress comes from the postures and positions you maintain throughout the day; it results from your actions and activity, or lack thereof. We all understand the importance of a proper work environment and ergonomic habits for manual workers. Too much heavy lifting and twisting or repetition can cause injury. But we don’t pay as much attention to how sedentary many other jobs are. Add that the fact that we sit when we eat, we sit when we drive, we sit when we relax. That lack of motion is another physical stress that your body has to deal with.

 

Chemical Stress (Toxins)

Chemicals, both man-made and natural can be a stress on your body. Natural allergens such as sugar, dairy, gluten and other foodstuffs can impart stress through the reactions they produce. For the most part these can be easily avoided. What is more difficult to avoid are the thousands of synthetic chemicals within which we are immersed every day. From the paint on your walls, to the dye in your clothes, the additives to food, and personal hygiene products. Many of these chemicals are known to be cancer causing agents and hormone disruptors which can place an enormous stress on your body.

Emotional Stress (Thoughts)

Anger, fear, sadness, anxiety. These are the kinds of things we often think of when talking about stress. They are normal emotions and serve an important purpose in the short and long term. But when you are in a chronic and continual state of emotional stress your body is put under pressure. The hormone cortisol, known as “the stress hormone” is circulated throughout the body with wide ranging effects including poor sleep, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and general anxiety.

All of us have stress in our lives, and while avoiding some of it can be beneficial, we can’t (and shouldn’t) eliminate it all. Hans Selye, the father of modern stress psychology, stated

“It is not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it”.

hysical stress comes from the postures and positions you maintain throughout the day; it results from your actions and activity, or lack thereof. We all understand the importance of a proper work environment and ergonomic habits for carpenters, plumbers, assembly line workers. Too much heavy lifting and twisting or repetition can cause injury. But we don’t pay as much attention to how sedentary many other jobs are. Add that to fact that we sit when we eat, we sit when we drive, we sit when we relax. That lack of motion is another physical stress that your body has to deal with - See more at: http://www.clearpathchiropractic.com/three-kinds-of-stress#sthash.5gKmIW...

Stress is inevitable - How we adapt to stress is what is most important. We are either moving away from chronic illness or towards chronic illness. Each time we adapt and process a stressor in our life determines the effect that stress has on our overall health. Having too many toxins or bad stressors in your life causes a direct effect on your gene expression. When we are born we all have a complete genome, based on popular belief, it’s regularly accepted that those genes will never change over the course of our life.  However that is a common mis-conception. Toxic overload from increased chemical, emotional or physical stress on our bodies can and will affect our gene expression. 

Chiropractic adjustments exercise and positive/loving thoughts contribute to creating high-quality input to the nervous system. This constructive input enhances healing, growth and balanced function. Health really boils down to balanced function at the cellular level. To create a lifetime of health that can survive like D.D. Palmer’s principles, we must provide our bodies with optimal input throughout our lives.

Speak to your Chiropractor to find out more.

Article adapted from clearpathchiropractic.com, written by Dr Mark Kubert. Excerpts also take from from pathwaystofamilywellness.org