“Stress” Mother Nature’s Equalizer


omeone told me I looked “STRESSED OUT” last week, so I looked up the meaning, just to find out what this person was talking about and make sure I wasn’t stressed.


Here’s the definition: 1. pressure or tension exerted on a material object. “the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar” the degree of pressure exerted on a material object measured in units of force per unit area. 2. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.


So maybe I was under some STRESS since I may have had some tension resulting from some demanding circumstances. But if that’s the case, have you or are you under any stress right now? At work? At home? With the kids? The CAR? Finances?


Here’s what I do know. Anyone exposed to too much stress knows that eventually it shows up in their body, and whether they know it or not, it affects a lot of things.



Some of the more ‘common’ symptoms are:


  • Upset stomach pain,
  • anxiety,
  • headaches,
  • shortness of breath –
  • … the list goes on and on.



tress is the body’s “reaction” to a real or imagined danger. If you didn’t read that last sentence real close, read it again. It’s important. Stress can be REAL or IMAGINED. Have you ever worried about a bill, a person, your boss, etc.?


It doesn’t matter if a bear or a debt collector is chasing you, the chemical change in your body is the same. The exact same. That reaction can be helpful in the right circumstances, at the right time, but remember, it can be damaging when it is not.


Physical, chemical and emotional stress can overload your nervous system. Like a chain that breaks at its weakest link, stress tends to show up where we are most vulnerable, and it will do it again and again. It can show up in your neck, lower back and even between your shoulders.



tress can increase the frequency of your headaches, your lower back pain, and even compromise other aspects of your health. While regular chiropractic care can’t eliminate stress, (because you’re human and you’ll always be dealing with LIFE), your adjustments will likely help you resist, dissipate and accommodate stress better.