Are you STRESSED?
Read on to find out how it might be affecting you and your kids…
Have you ever wondered why people who suffer from chronic back pain are 250x more likely to also suffer from depressive disorders?
Chronic exposure to stress hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline, whether it occur during the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood or aging has an impact on brain structures involved in cognition and mental health .
The effects of chronic pain can have a compounding stressful effect on us throughout our life and affect the brain, behaviour and cognition. During times of stress, activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis stimulates excess production of stress hormones known as glucocorticoids which can influence the brain and behaviour.
Even exposure to prenatal stress can increase reactivity in the brain of an infant post-birth initiating the retention of different primitive reflexes including the Moro reflex, which has been associated with hyper-activity, difficulty with new sensory experiences, impulsive behaviour and anxiety in children .
The effects on the brain, behaviour and cognition emerge as a result of the timing and duration of adverse stressors in relation to our epigenetics and previous exposure to adverse stressors.
If you feel as though stress may be affecting yourself, one of your loved ones or someone you know, have a chat to one of our Chiropractors to see if we can help manage your stress with some of our many available techniques.
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