Chronic high stress, or an overall unhealthy lifestyle, can result in constant stimulation of the SNS and an overactive nervous system. Overproduction of the stress hormones can weaken or exhaust the adrenal glands causing fatigue or the feeling of being “run down”. Disruption of sleep patterns and insomnia can also occur, which are all harmful to our health. Ultimately, adrenal insufficiency can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid problems, as well as metabolism imbalance and decreased immunity. Additionally, research studies have shown links to high cortisol levels with increased carbohydrate cravings, weight gain and obesity.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, there are additional recommendations advised by your chiropractor that may help you cope with the stress in your life. Posture recommendations, stretching, yoga, relaxation or meditation techniques are all approved methods of coping with everyday and chronic stress. However, if you are suffering from stress that is unbearable or are experiencing signs of depression, it is important that you take the necessary steps to seek professional help.
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