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Why Stress Affects Everyone Differently

It is well documented that high levels of stress can contribute to heart disease, cancer, headaches, ulcers, digestive disturbances, backaches and many other conditions. How can one word – STRESS- cause so many unique and different problems especially since the stress reaction is the same for everyone? The answer may be simpler than you think.

Stress is a nervous system reaction that causes your heart to beat faster, your muscles to be tense, your stomach to tighten, and your hair follicles to stand up, all as a way to prepare your body for an emergency. When you interpret a situation as stressful, whether it truly is or not, your brain triggers this reaction by sending a signal over your spinal cord and nervous system to every cell of your body. In prehistoric times, this would have been the perfect reaction to escape from a hungry dinosaur, but in today’s stress filled world and no Tyrannosaurus Rex, this chronic reaction can cause pain, sickness and disease.

Where your body breaks down from stress may depend on whether or not you have a condition known as vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a spinal injury that interferes with the normal function of your nervous system which can affect your health on every level whether you have symptoms or not. If you have this in your spine, your body is already pre-stressed.

Many people deal with stress through deep breathing, meditation, exercise and healthy food choices. These are all very good things to do as part of your lifestyle to counter-balance stress, but if your nervous system is pre-stressed, the slightest deviation from the perfect stress management plan can send you into a frustrating, uncomfortable, or painful tailspin. Removing the pre-stressed subluxation can improve your resistance to daily stressors, big or small.

In a pre-stressed condition, your body becomes more vulnerable to outside stresses. You may notice you are affected quickly by stress while other people may seem more resistant. The location of the subluxation can determine what types of symptoms, if any, you experience. For example, someone with nerve interference in the upper part of the neck might get headaches, have allergies, or a feel like they have a stiff neck. Because the nerves fibers that come out of the upper neck also go to the entire body, pressure here can literally cause or mimic symptoms or diseases.

Interference to the nerve supply in the lower back can cause a backache, leg problems and also affect ovary, prostate, bladder or bowel function. Interference to the nerves in the middle of your back can affect your heart and lungs or cause tension, stomach problems, digestive disturbances and discomfort.

The scary part is that vertebral subluxations, like other serious conditions, can cause stress for decades without any symptoms. Serious problems can occur, many of which could have been avoided by eliminating this pre-stressed condition right away. The birth process, childhood falls, sports injuries and poor lifestyle habits are just a few causes of subluxations. Rather than getting to the cause and removing this underlying problem, many people attempt to chase their symptoms away with drugs, or another type of quick fix, and then wonder why their condition returns. Removing the cause and optimizing the function of your nervous system is a better immediate and long-term plan.

Regardless of your symptoms, a chiropractic examination can locate pre-stressed areas in your spine that may be affecting your health on every level. Research has shown that it only takes the weight of a dime to reduce nerve compression and that nerve compression can exist without pain.

Crisis care is one way to deal with stress, only receiving care when you are hurt. A much better option is to remove the subluxation, and the stress, from your body and keep it out as a part of your lifestyle. This will help you to stress less, live more, and enjoy the quality of life you deserve.

© 2015 The Family Practice, Inc., Dr. Eric Plasker and The 100 Year Lifestyle. All Rights Reserved.

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Thank you Cumberland

DSC00094 (Small)I would like to thank my patients, and the people of Cumberland, for your patronage through nearly 8 years. It has been a pleasure being part of the community and seeing the growth and changes around town.

As of April 30th, I will be working full time in our Courtenay office, and would like to invite you to come see myself and Dr. Ernie von Schilling, at 102‐307 5th Street, on the lower level by Linda’s Leather and Lavish Salon.

We have some exciting things in store and additional services to offer you at our larger Downtown Chiropractic office space.

Dr. Colin Wilson
Downtown Chiropractic
102-307 5th St
Courtenay, BC V9N 1J9


Target Shortages By Using Existing Health Care Providers More Effectively

Toronto, February 1, 2005 – The Canadian Chiropractic Association (The CCA) today supported the Canada Health Council call for collaboration among health professionals to improve the efficiency of the health care system and help address shortages of health professionals.

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Harper announces $30 million for spinal cord injuries network

Last Updated: Friday, February 2, 2007 | 12:48 PM ET

CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Friday his government will contribute $30 million over five years to a national network that will focus on spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.

Harper made the announcement at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, where he was joined by spinal cord research advocate Rick Hansen.

Most of the government’s funding will go to the Hansen Foundation’s Spinal Cord Injury Translational Research Network — a group of Canadian researchers who help accelerate practical applications of research discoveries regarding spinal injuries.

“As the ultimate goal is to see people walking again, the majority of the funds I’m announcing today will be used to explore ways to reduce permanent paralysis,” Harper said.

Harper said more support will also go to those currently living with spinal cord injuries to help them with issues like mobility and independence.

He said that the new initiative will benefit all Canadians, not just those living in large centres.

Hansen, who was paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 15 following a car crash, is best known for his Man in Motion fundraising world tour. The trek spanned more than 40,000 kilometres, raising millions of dollars for those with spinal cord injuries.

In making the announcement, Harper was joined by Health Minister Tony Clement, and his parliamentary secretary Steven Fletcher.

Fletcher, the first quadriplegic to be elected to the House of Commons, was paralyzed after hitting a moose in a 1996 car accident.

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