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Consequences of a Stuck Stress Response

Are you sick, tired and stuck?

Are you sick, tired and stuck?

Are you sick, tired and stuck?

If the body goes into a stress response and gets stuck, there are neurochemical, musculoskeletal postural and spinal cord tonal consequences.

The sympathetic response drives the emotions into a bad state because the “feel good chemicals” in the brain shut down. The body’s muscular tone remains flexed and our posture begins to change. The spinal cord tone is placed in a perpetual state of tension and forward head carriage manifests. The resulting head forward posture further changes the dural tension on the cord and neural expression of the corresponding tissue.

The body will compensate for the increased tension on the cord because the number one goal of the Central Nervous System (CNS) is to maintain tone. The tension changes the tone which changes the resonate frequency of the nerve firing rate. This changes the neural-tissue expression at the target organ.

Why this concept is so important to understand is because every cell, tissue and organ changes its internal environments after it receives neural input.

Nerve input is always first before any change happens in our organ physiology. If there is increased tension and tone on the spinal cord, the nervous system operates as if under stress. The organs receiving input from the nerves exiting the spinal cord are receiving a stress signal, and operate organ function according to the natural stress response. The target organs are getting perpetual sympathetic neurochemical chemicals, as if the organs must always be in a state of fight or flight.

There is innate intelligence within the body to maintain just the right amount of tone on the spinal cord at all times. If the right amount of tone isn’t maintained, major dysfunction of the internal organ system occurs.

All internal organs run automatically and they need to run well in order to keep us alive. Innate intelligence works in a hierarchy of priorities and maintains tone at any cost. The “cost” is the musculoskeletal spinal subluxations which do create the aches and pains you feel in your back and neck.

Arguably, one of the major contributors of this stuck stress response is emotional stress.

Emotional stress is with us when we wake up and it is with us when we go to bed. The earlier the heavy emotional experience, the more profound effect it will have on posture and health later on in life.

Between the ages of 2 and 6 is a critical period for development.

The body is downloading all the necessary hardware for existence. Everything a child observes, experiences and feels gets hardwired into their neural networks and becomes the default function later in life. If there is a lot of emotional stress during the ages of 2 to 6 years, these people often self sabotage themselves in adulthood because they default to a stress response even when life circumstances are not stressful.


Dr. Vera Baziuk


Your Chiropractic Lifestyle Doctor










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