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Q: What are the physical results of chronic stress?

Posted September 03, 2014 in Adel, Advice Column

A: Stress is natural and  necessary consequence of living, but there is no need for us to suffer from its physical consequences. When excessive, stress produces undesirable physical and mental reactions such as depression, disturbed sleep, chronic fatigue, tics, twitches and frequent illnesses. We may have one or many of these symptoms in a very subtle form and not recognize them or feel ill. One of the most frequent physical manifestations of mental stress is muscle spasms, especially in the localized groups of muscles in the neck and shoulders and lower back. Deformities such as kyphosis (humping of the spine) and scoliosis (curvature of the spine) are often the result of not handling the stress that produces the muscle spasm and ultimately shortens the tendons and muscles. The physical consequences of muscle and tendon shortening can trigger headaches and chronic malfunctions of organs.  Muscle tension and shortening alters the alignment and function of the spinal column which protects the spinal cord. Even minor disturbances in the function of the nervous system can interfere with the way the body functions and create a state of “dis-ease.” Chiropractors specialize in the hands-on treatment of your spine and nervous system to free your body from the physical consequences of stress and help you function at your fullest potential.

Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.

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