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Posted on 12-05-2014

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is a field of research that is interested in the interaction between the endocrine, immune and nervous systems, how these systems communicate in order to maintain health, and how they can become altered through stress and behavior.  Psychoneuroimmunology explores the connection between the mind, the emotions, the brain, the central nervous system, and the immune system.

Stress can be correlated with the increase in the hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels are associated with increased fasting blood sugar, high systolic and diastolic blood pressure, increased triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and depression.

High levels of cortisol are linked not only to physiological diseases, but psychological diseases as well. The ability to recover after stressful experiences and the perception of the stressful experience influences the total burden that stressors create on an individual. Stressors that are uncontrollable may become resistant to coping, resulting in continued elevation of stress hormones and chronic stress responses.

Winter also increases vulnerability to Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Sun light stimulates the Pineal and Pituitary Master glands.  These glands are responsible for the functioning of the interconnected systems of the body, as well as feelings of well-being and happiness.  With the decreased sun light during winter season, Chiropractic adjustments can assist in managing potential seasonal stress and balancing cortisol levels.

Chiropractic adjustments also assist in reducing stress caused from pain by reducing muscle spasm.  Living with pain increases stress, which can alter hormones and immune system functioning.  There is significant research to support the positive effects of Chiropractic care and its ability to support a feeling good mood, and assistance in managing stress and coping.

At Duggan Chiropractic we are dedicated to wellness.  We testify that Chiropractic care will add years to your life and life to your years.  Please don’t stress, we’ve got your back.  Schedule your appointment now.

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