Stress, typically characterized by an emotional or physical response to our external or internal environment, has the capacity to alter the function of our immune system, promote blood sugar imbalances, alter gut function, and contribute to brain degeneration. Stress promotes inflammation and therefore contributes to chronic disease. Chronic disease rates continue to rise. In fact, seven of the top ten causes of death in 2014 can be attributed to chronic diseases. Heart disease and cancer together accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths.1 According to the American Heart Association, Arkansas has the 5th highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the country. The financial, emotional, and physical implications of this are staggering.
Sometimes, our lifestyle in Northwest Arkansas makes it difficult to prioritize health and vitality. Many of us face long commutes on I-49 or hectic drives to XNA on top of all our other concerns – work, family, finances, social status and of course, the big one, time. This concern places us into a sympathetic state. The sympathetic response, or the “fight and flight” response, is necessary when fleeing a wild animal looking for an easy meal. Our heart rate rises and blood is diverted to the tissues that allow us to respond appropriately to the dangerous situation. This response is necessary when we are in immediate danger. However, we find that we are chronically in the “fight or flight” mode in our modern technology driven culture. We do not allow for tissue repair and recovery that comes with a parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic response is referred to as the “rest and digest” response. This state allows us to digest foods, repair tissues, and reestablish balance. We should live in the “rest and digest” state approximately 90% of the time. This simply isn’t the case in our modern era so we must be diligent about making decisions to bring balance into our lives. We help you reduce the negative effects of chronic stress with a four-part strategy:
- Chiropractic and Acupuncture
- Daily Gratitudes
At Chiropractic, Acupuncture, & Metabolic Professionals (CAMP), we provide chiropractic house calls to reduce the stress and inconveniences associated with traveling to an office for care. We pride ourselves in providing holistic care in the comfort of your home or workplace. House calls allow us to spend more time with you and create an individualized plan of action. We make house calls in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. Contact us today for a free consultation.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leading causes of death and numbers of deaths, by sex, race, and Hispanic origin: United States, 1980 and 2014 (Table 19). Health, United States, 2015. Accessed September 4, 2017.