Stress and Disease

 

Too much stress and disease are directly related. People under chronic stress get more chronic and severe viral infections. Too much stress has also been linked to:

  • Accelerated aging
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment

There is a reason too much stress and disease are directly related. The systems of the body are inter-dependent. Every function depends on another. When one system malfunctions, eventually the other systems follow. The good news is there are safe and natural ways to balance your body systems and increase your resistance to stress.

Think of a chair that has one slightly shorter leg from un-repaired wear and tear. The chair can no longer resist weight (in this analogy weight is the stress on the chair) properly and eventually the chair breaks from the decreased resistance to the stress. However if the shortened leg of the chair is repaired, the chair can distribute weight evenly and will last much longer.  This simple chair analogy describes how one un-addressed stress can lead to imbalance in the body, which can eventually lead to a disease.

Stress can originate physically (surgery, poor posture, car accident, sprains/strains), environmentally (diet, chemical exposure, medications), or emotionally (fight with a loved one, not getting your promotion, paying taxes). The key concept is that stress from any one category creates stress in the others. To attain a better resistance to stress you need to address all three areas.

In practice I attempt to identify and re-balance the weak areas of function with the combination of functional exams, lab testing, and patient history. Re-balancing the weak areas of function through in office physical treatments, diet & supplementation, and specific lifestyle modifications allow for many health problems to improve because the body can then better resist stress.  A common example of a physical stress in my practice is an injury that was not properly treated. The local pain may have resolved, but the dysfunction was never addressed, causing the rest of the body to compensate. The compensation eventually leads to damage and pain distant from the original injury. The distant pain is the problem the patient presents to me with, but we have to treat the new injury, the old injury, and all other areas out of balance to get the body to return to health.

1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/stress.html

2.http://www.mayoclinic.org/stress/ART-20046037?p=1

Posted on April 30, 2015 .