Stress, the Nervous and Skeletal System
You are running five minutes late, are practically out the door, and the phone rings. You debate about answering it, and in a split decision grab the phone off the hook and are asked if you want to buy credit card insurance. The signal turns from red to green, you hesitate a few seconds and
the car behind you sits on his horn. Stress and the fast pace society we live in today lends itself to many of the health problems we face.
Patient’s commonly ask us if stress can cause neck and back problems. Some people process stress and get ulcers, heart problems and other internal disorders. Others process stress and develop tight muscles and musculoskeletal disorders. Tight muscles alone will not necessarily cause back pain, but can be the start of a cascade of events that will eventually result in a pain syndrome. Hypertonic musculature will cause joint restriction. When a joint is restricted, adjacent joints around it have to work harder. When a joint is working harder or more than what it is designed to, the excessive stress in the surrounding tissues causes fatigue acids to build up; such as when a person exercises more than what they are used to. These fatigue acids will attract swelling which exerts more pressure in the muscles and can “pinch” nerves.
It’s difficult for many of us to understand how stress can affect a person’s health. Most of the time with when stress contributes to neck and back problems, a person already had a weakness that predisposed them to the condition. Periodic Chiropractic treatments can eliminate tension and stress in the muscular system and take pressure off the nervous system that innervate organs and tissues throughout the body. When we take pressure off the nervous system, through the adjustment, every body system functions better. Routine adjustments can also prevent wear and tear in joints, and early degenerative arthritic changes.
In conclusion, this is a good reason to turn on your answering machine, leave for work ten minutes early, drive in the slow lane and receive regular check ups including the spinal and muscular system to identify small problems so that they can be corrected and the negative effects of stress will have limited influence on them.