How to Reduce Stress Starting Today

How To reduce StressStress is one of the biggest contributing factors to poor health and well being for most people. It can create mental and physical chaos, and is an underlying factor for breaking down ones immune system and opening the door to disease. Want to know how to reduce stress starting today? 

The nervous system is the center of your bodily universe, and the Vagus nerve plays a primary role. It is the prime component of the parasympathetic nervous system which regulates the “rest-and-digest” or "relax and regenerate” responses. 

Proper stimulation of your Vagus nerve can create a state of inner-calm, while taming inflammation reflex and increasing innate healing responses that may have been oppressed by stress left out of control, untreated or unattended to. Impaired functioning of the Vagus nerve can lead to a myriad of adverse conditions and health problems.

Vagal tone relates to the health of the nerve or how well-tuned it is. A higher vagal tone index is linked to physical and psychological well-being. While, conversely, a low vagal tone index is associated with inflammation, depression, negative moods, loneliness, heart attacks, stroke, and dis-ease. Low tonal index can be a result of the sympathetic nervous system caught in overdrive and overworking the “fight-or-flight” response, which can lead to any number of health-related problems.

The Vagus nerve is known as the "wandering nerve" because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of your abdomen, touching your heart and most major organs along the way. Consider it a nerve with far reaching consequence in the body. 

In 1921, a German physiologist named Otto Loewi discovered that positively stimulating the Vagus nerve caused a reduction in heart rate by triggering the release of a substance he coined Vagusstoff (German for "Vagus Substance”). The “Vagus substance” was later identified as acetylcholine and became the first neurotransmitter ever identified by scientists. 

Chiropractic care has been highly researched and clearly evidenced to stimulate the Vagus nerve, thereby reducing stress levels in the body and body/mind, resulting in a more calm, relaxed and overall healthy and happier you. In a 2011, Japanese study, after receiving a chiropractic neck adjustment, patients had altered brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly reduced cortisol levels, indicating decreased stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.

There are many ways to help yourself reduce stress through meditation, exercise, nature walks, being mindful of your food choices especially stimulants like caffeine. Turn off electronics one hour before bed time too. Gratitude also reduces stress, so make a great list of all that you are grateful for and read it daily. Share your gratitude with your friends and family daily and up lift them as well. It usually results in more to be grateful for :)

If you would like to know more about how to reduce stress with the latest cutting edge technologies of Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic and Somato Respiratory Integration, and how chiropractic and wellness exercises can help increase Vagal tone while reducing "fight or flight" response, please contact me for a FREE, no-obligation phone consultation.

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