Written By Dr. Adam Coats
There’s no denying that we live in a stressful world. As a country, we’re more sedentary than we’ve ever been, our foods hold less nutritional value than ever before, and social media has made it easier than ever to constantly compare ourselves to others. All these different stressors; physical, chemical, and emotional, cause us to constantly live in a state of “fight or flight” as a society. These stressors also cause interferences in our nervous systems, the master control systems of our bodies.
Think for a moment how stressful your life is. Whether you’re in college and working a part time job, fresh out of school and buying a house and starting a family, middle aged and trying to care for two or three children while working full time and maintaining a healthy marriage, or your kids are out of the house and you’re preparing for retirement. All of these different lifestyles have loads of stress involved. Now imagine trying to run a business on top of all of that.
Being a business owner is arguably one of the most stressful lifestyles known to man. There’s so many decisions to make on a day to day basis; procedures, communication, systems, profit, overhead, employees, and marketing, to name a few. If you’re a business owner, you’re bombarded with tough decisions every day, not to mention being present with your spouse and kids, taking care of the house, and planning the next family vacation. All while trying not to fall behind on your workout routine.
So what are business owners supposed to do? Simply go through life stressed out all of the time? That’s the lifestyle they chose, so that’s what they deserve, right?
There’s many things a business owner can do to reduce stress in their lives that are not complicated to do; exercise regularly, get adequate amounts of sleep, take time for themselves doing something they love, eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water. All of these are excellent places to start. But here’s the secret to allowing yourself the potential to reach high levels of success in business with less stress along the way, chiropractic care.
Cortisol is our body’s main stress hormone, it’s our built in alarm system. It is produced by the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys and it interacts with our brains to influence mood, fear, and motivation. It’s brilliant for short term stress. It becomes a health issue when high levels of it in our systems for long periods of time. That’s exactly the case in today’s world.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to decrease salivary cortisol levels.1 To quote the study by Whelan and others in 2002, “A decrease in cortisol levels was detected over time on each trial testing day. Overall, cortisol levels significantly decreased from the time of the home samples until the pretreatment laboratory measurement. Cortisol levels subsequently decreased from pretreatment to 15 minutes after treatment. After treatment, there were progressive decreases in cortisol levels from the 15 and 30 minute time points to the 60 minute time point.” This study shows that regular chiropractic adjustments reduce cortisol levels over time, which means chiropractic adjustments reduce stress. Chiropractic adjustments have also been shown to help reduce anxiety, and therefore increase health and decrease disease susceptibility.2 We also know that 90% of stimulation and nutrition to the brain comes from proper movement of the joints of the spine.3
Regular chiropractic care can help you reduce stress and keep you from missing multiple days of work each year because you’re sick. Do you want to grow your company and take it to the next level? Then add chiropractic care to your lifestyle. Less stress and fewer sick days can give you the momentum you need to sky rocket your business.
- Whelan, T.L., Dishman, J., Burke, J., Levine, S., & Sciotti, V. (2002). The effect of chiropractic manipulation on salivary cortisol levels. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 25(2), 149-153.
- Chestnut, J. L. The 14 Foundational Premises for The Scientific and Philosophical Validation of The Chiropractic Wellness Paradigm.
- Sperry, Roger. Nobel Laureate. 1981