Chicago Chiropractor Helps Stress
June 9, 2016
I love success stories and this one is just too good to not share! Three months ago a 22 year old man came to our office with all types of symptoms. He was experiencing digestive issues, lack of appetite, difficulty concentrating, neck pain and shoulder pain. Initially when we met he was not as concerned about the neck and shoulder pain he was experiencing, but he really felt like the difficulty concentrating along with the digestive issues were his biggest concern. He stated on our initial visit that he couldn’t work on a computer or read a book for longer then 5 minutes without getting a headache or becoming extremely fatigued. After diving into his history more and explaining to him how the spine and nervous system works, he quickly realized that all of these issues may be related.
After a thorough exam and a X-ray motion study analysis of his neck we discovered significant changes had occurred in his neck. He had lost the normal curvature that is supposed to be present in a healthy spine along with loss of motion in the majority of the spinal joints in this area. This lack of motion along with the loss of curvature was creating an immense amount of stress on his nervous system therefore it was as if his body was in a constant state of stress or “fight or flight.”
Think about it this way, when you get stressed out what happens? Your stomach may get upset, or you get “butterflies in your stomach”, your heart rate increases, you perspire, your thoughts can become foggy, your muscles become tense, etc… Stress is different for everyone and people experience it in different ways, but for this young man his body was under chronic and constant physical stress which was causing his symptoms.
Fast forward to today. Today marks 3 months of him receiving treatment in our office. He reports that the symptoms are 90% better then when he started. He can focus longer and better. He has more energy, no pain and he has even started a workout program which is something he never thought would be possible. He has more of an appetite then he has ever had and he is loving life again! New motion study X-rays showed 10 degrees more curvature in his neck and 95% more motion in the spinal joints of his neck! With his spine being in better alignment and in the natural position it is designed to be in, his body perceives less physical stress and is able to relax more.
We still have some work to do, but we laid a great foundation for him to not only feel better, but to function at a whole new level! I am very excited to see what the future holds for him!
Stress comes in many different forms. It can be emotional, it can be chemical like nutrition and hydration, or it could be physical like in this case. All stress has effects on our health, it is imperative to become more adaptable to stress and put yourself in the best position to deal with stress better. From a physical point of view, there is no better way to alleviate stress on your body then with chiropractic care! If you are wondering if we can help you, please give us a call and let’s find out! (773)545-9379
Yours in Health,
Dr. Steven Bourdage DC