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Constant Stress: Fight or Flight response leads to Facilitated Sympathetics.
I went to a Chiropractic seminar last weekend and learned a lot to say the least.
Besides the Chiropractic Motion Palpation checks and setups to correct any immobile joints of the Sacral and Lumbar vertebrae, I also learned about the sympathetic nervous system (your autonomic fight or flight response to any stress to your body.)
Those stresses come from the 3 T’s, Thoughts, Trauma and Toxins.
Constant Stress, working too hard without enough rest, extreme shock and emotional trauma etc.
Any physical trauma and any spinal misalignment, especially T1 – L2.
L1 and hip misalignment are often missed as the cause of Sciatica
Heavy metal toxicity, stimulants like coffee, tea, tobacco, narcotics and not eating Right for Your Type.
If your Fight or Flight or stress response is “on” all of the time instead of only when a real life or death situation comes up, you first have too much Adrenal function and then get Adrenal burnout.
Adrenal Burnout is a medical condition where the adrenal gland fatigue causes an inability to produce Cortisol, Cortisone, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, sex hormones and many other hormones. Some other problems can be fighting off infections, maintaining blood sugar levels, and the disruption of our metabolic processes. Digestion is shut down and assimilation of dietary nutrition becomes an issue. Heart rate stays high and blood pressure increases.
Our bodies shut down to only focus on surviving and not living.
Common Facilitated Sympathetics symptoms are:
Anxiety, excess sweating, constant (ear) itching
Weakened immunity, Getting sick frequently
Low back pain
Inability to focus or concentrate
Always feeling cold
Weight gain or loss
Any chronic or autoimmune condition
Change your lifestyle if you are under constant stress. You may have to avoid certain family and friends or get a different job. Start an exercise routine and Eat Right for Your Type. Go see a Chiropractor that practices like a detective. If the same segments get adjusted every time on a frequent basis, the correction is somewhere else and you may need a different Chiropractor or technique.
Stop for a minute and figure out if you’re out grazing out on the savannah without a care in the world, or are you being chased by a lion and you don’t want to be lunch!