Imagine walking alone in a jungle and all of a sudden you come face to face with a bear….what would your body do?
When under stress, your body responds with fight, flight or freeze. Either you decide that you are going to fight the bear, run away from it or freeze. Either way, your encounter with the bear will most likely be short term. If you get away, go home to sleep, the next day, your body will return back to normal. The fight, flight or freeze system was designed for short term use.
Nowadays, what is triggering this system? Traffic, our kids, the computer, work, etc. We are using this short term system for long term use and this has lead to detrimental effects on our health.
Let’s take a look at how our body reacts during while it’s in fight, flight or freeze. Your heart rate increases to pump more blood into your body, your blood pressure goes up and your breathing increases to get more oxygen into your muscles. You body starts to tense as you prepare to run or fight and your digestive system slows down because in that moment, digestion isn’t as important to your body and the blood that would normally be used is directed to other parts. These are a few things that happen for short periods of time while you are in danger.
Now that our short term defense system is being used long term, what are we seeing more of? Heart issues, blood pressure challenges, people with tight muscles, breathing problems and digestive troubles.
So what can be done? We need to reprogram the body to not see everyday things as a danger. Rewire the nervous system and increase our resilience.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.