Dr. Mark Armbruster D.C. of the Denver Vitality Center in Lakewood, CO has been practicing the art of mind/body healing since 1987 and helps his patients to effectively manage and reduce stress levels. He provide his patients with very personalized care and stress relief.

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Stress Relief Q&A

What happens to my body when I become stressed?

The stress response is stimulated by when internal and external factor makes you feel unsafe. It is experienced intellectually, emotionally or when our survival instinct is elevated. When you experience stress, the body can go into fight or flight mode, where the Limbic system and brain stem cooperate to keep you safe with increased energy and oxygen circulation to the muscles. These responses are part of our genetic heritage and developed to keep us safe from wild animals or other physical dangers, but now the stress response can be stimulated

How does the body respond to stress?

When you experience stress, the body responds in several ways to ensure that you are able to protect yourself and your survival. The physiological responses which provide more energy and prepare our muscles, eyes, and nervous system for danger include:

  • Adrenalin is Released
  • Sugar Elevates
  • Blood Pressure Rises
  • Pulse Increases
  • Muscles Tense
  • Pupils Dilate
  • Immunity Turns Off
  • Digestion Turns Off
  • Sexual Function Turns Off

These are all appropriate responses to survive an attack from a lion or any other danger. However, once the danger is gone and the stress is over, these body functions should return to a state of balance and the body should move into a state of safety. If during these stressful events, the Emotional Brain or Limbic System is involved (we feel fear, anger, resentment, etc.), it then sends a message to the Brain Stem to maintain the Stress Response to keep us safe, just in case such a situation ever happens again. Over time, this develops into what is called Defense Posture.

What are the negative side effects of prolonged stress?

In addition to lowering overall quality of life, stress is a significant contributing factor to many acute and chronic diseases and medical conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, cognitive problems, obesity, lowered immunity, depression, ulcers, and chronic muscle pain.

The Center for Disease Control asserts that stress is linked to 95% of all disease. Many of these issues can have lifelong or even life-threatening consequences, which makes managing stress an essential step in preventing disease and maintaining optimal health at every age. Chronic stress can also have a negative effect on work productivity and personal and professional relationships. When the body and brain experience chronic stress, or get locked into defense posture, the body reacts as if the initial stressor is still occurring, even though it may be decades in our past. In this state, health and healing are impossible as the body resources are not being directed correctly, and our quality of life and degree of wellness greatly diminishes.

Dr. Mark uses Network Spinal Analysis to address the physical, mental, and emotional responses to stress. NSA helps people move from a state of continued or chronic stress to increased well-being mentally and physically.

Contact us at (303) 242-8089 today.