We’ve all heard about the fight of flight response. This is your body’s response when given a stressful stimulus. It can go one of two ways, stay and fight, or give up.
Let me give you an example:
Let’s say on your next visit, I were to let a tiger out of the back room.
The above picture demonstrates some or all of the things that would automatically happen.
This happens do the sympathetic nervous system (hopefully ones not being choked), it uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body, and the adrenal- and the cortical system uses the bloodstream. The combined effects of these two systems are the fight-or-flight response.
When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert. If there’s a burglar at the door, you’re going to have to take action — and fast.
Bear with me here, i’m going to get a little nerdy on ya…
The sympathetic nervous system sends out impulses to glands and smooth muscles and tells the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) into the bloodstream. These “stress hormones” cause several changes in the body, including an increase heart rate and blood pressure. Actually the nervous system built, runs and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ in the entire body!
At the same time, the hypothalamus releases corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) into the pituitary gland, activating the adrenal-cortical system. The pituitary gland (a major endocrine gland) secretes the hormone ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). ACTH moves through the bloodstream and ultimately arrives at the adrenal cortex, where it activates the release of approximately 30 different hormones that get the body prepared to deal with a threat.
The sudden flood of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dozens of other hormones causes changes in the body that include:
heart rate and blood pressure increase
pupils dilate to take in as much light as possible
veins in skin constrict to send more blood to major muscle groups (responsible for the “chill” sometimes associated with fear — less blood in the skin to keep it warm)
blood-glucose level increases
muscles tense up, energized by adrenaline and glucose (responsible for goose bumps — when tiny muscles attached to each hair on surface of skin tense up, the hairs are forced upright, pulling skin with them)
smooth muscle relaxes in order to allow more oxygen into the lungs
nonessential systems (like digestion and immune system) shut down to allow more energy for emergency functions
trouble focusing on small tasks (brain is directed to focus only on big picture in order to determine where threat is coming from)
ALL of this happened to some sort of THREAT (or stress).
You may be thinking, ok great, but what does this have to do with Chiropractic, or subluxations?
First off, EVERYONE has stress. It’s going to happen. But how your body adapts to stress, and the havoc it makes is what i’m concerned with.
Stress actually causes Subluxations.
SUBLUXATIONS ARE ALWAYS
IN THE BODY!
What if a Subluxation could be present in the body and changing the chemical make up of what your body wants to be between a normal healthy system? For instance, if your body was in more of a give up mode but no pain was present, would that be ok with you? How about the other way, your body was pushing out extra chemicals not allowing your body to run healthy?
Your medical doctor isn’t able to detect and correct a subluxation. They just aren’t trained to find them! And here’s the scariest part, they don’t cause PAIN in it’s early stages!
Subluxations destroy LIFE in the body! We need to keep them in check!
Physical stresses like the birth process, falls/jolts/jars, car accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, bad pillow or bed might all cause subluxations. Emotional stresses like pressure at work, death of a loved one, anxiety, fear, depression could also create this interference. Chemical stresses might be involved too. This includes factors like breathing pollution, poor nutrition, eating artificial food additives, taking drugs, smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol and not drinking enough water.
All of these physical responses are intended to help you survive a dangerous situation by preparing you to either run for your life or fight for your life (thus the term “fight or flight”). Fear — and the fight-or-flight response in particular — is an instinct that every human, and animal possesses.
Come in and get checked as instructed so we can keep your body functioning like it should!