There is a lot of fear and panic in the world right now, as our society faces the spread of the coronavirus. Why visit your chiropractor, during times when quarantines and social distancing are recommended for the health of the community as a whole? There are several reasons for this. Getting adjusted isn’t just about affecting the health of your spine, it is affecting the health of your nervous system. Your brain is the master control of every organ system in your body, including your immune system.
The interesting thing with fear is that it increases the cortisol, a stress hormone, in your body. When cortisol is released, your body is in a state of “fight or flight”. When you are in a state of stress like this, your body’s immune defenses are decreased. Your body is intelligent and will send energy and resources to the systems that require immediate attention, which during a case of stress like this, takes away energy and resources from the immune system. It can be really easy to get caught up in the hysteria surrounding this, but in doing so, you are actually working against yourself. Stay calm and be smart about your health.
I think we have a beautiful opportunity here to really assess how we are taking care of our bodies on a day to day basis. Why did it take a global pandemic to get us to wash our hands, get enough sleep, take care of ourselves and each other? Once this has passed, I hope you don’t fall back on your old habits, and that you have used this time to create new health habits for yourself.
Take care of yourself. Get adjusted. Get rest. Stay hydrated. Get outdoors. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Wash your hands. Seek out things that bring you joy. Decrease sugar and alcohol in your diet. Maintain a calm and upbeat attitude. Seek out other bodyworkers, like a massage therapist.
Dr. Liz and I are advocates for your health and know that getting adjusted is a powerful way to support your body in its ability to adapt to stress. We are here in the office to support you during this time!
In Peace, Love, and Wellness,