Your Brain Tangling with Stress
The brain is the organ most affected by stress
Stress and the associated hormone cortisol are well known and studied for their effects on the body, but it is important to remember there is an equal and perhaps even more devastating effect on the brain. Symptoms of a brain exposed to stress for long periods of time mostly operate behind the scenes until they well up into something truly problematic. As if you needed more reasons to reduce your stress level, the brain is quite a compelling one.
Stress mangles the chemical make up of your brain
Your brain is perhaps the most vital organ- responsible for coordinating and controlling every aspect of your body’s function throughout day and night. As such, it relies on a particularly fragile chemical balance that allows it to perform. As we grow older and add more stressful inputs into the body, whether they be external stressors or internal ones, the chemical makeup of the brain changes to reflect this.
- Lowers serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters
- Kills current brain cells by creating free radicals and interferes with the production of new ones
- Interferes with cognitive function
- Increases the amount of toxins in the brain
Leaving the stress cycle behind
There is no perfect blueprint for reducing stress levels or leaving them behind altogether. However, there are steps you can take to reduce stress and we are here to help you do just that. Chiropractic is a feel good therapy- by restoring your spine’s proper alignment and freeing up nerves from pressure, we effect positive impacts in physical pain and range of motion. This alone helps you feel better before we focus on boosting blood flow to the rest of the body, bringing oxygen and healing nutrients to all areas of the body that are in need, including the noggin. If you are interested in chiropractic’s role in fighting stress, give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment today.