Dr. Mark Alan Heltemes
Who has stress? We all do. But does anyone know what it is?
Stress produces pain and disease, which may be eased by medical or alternative treatments that target individual symptoms, but most treatments miss the underlying cause of stress.
Most of the uncomfortable and unhealthy physiological reactions we have to the stressors in our environment are a result of the brain’s failure to adequately regulate the nervous system.
The brain is the body’s control center. It manages the function of every organ, system and cell. When brain rhythms become dysregulated due to unhealthy lifestyles or environmental toxins, the brain is unable to keep the rest of the body in harmony.
Messages from the brain must travel down the spinal cord and reach the body’s organs without interference. Neurological pathways must be able to transmit accurate information from the organs back to the brain. The three basic kinds of stressors – trauma, thoughts and toxins – interfere with the electro-chemical transmission of messages along the body’s neurological pathways, keeping organs and systems from functioning as they should.
So what happens if the body is out of balance? Systems no longer work in a state of ease, and the body requires more energy to adapt to the events of life and the world around it. Energy destined for growth and normal repair has to go to keeping everything working the best it can, and the body becomes weak.
Medicine’s traditional approach to correct maladaptive patterns in the nervous system has been to develop drugs that either stimulate or depress the system to attempt a normal balance or homeostasis.
But now, a growing body of research shows that chiropractic adjustments, long known as an effective way to maintain muscle and joint health, produce neurological stimulus that interrupts interference patterns to “reboot” the nervous system so the brain can reset itself.
The treatment I provide in my clinic is a neuro-chiropractic protocol that reorganizes brain and nervous system function by using the electroencephalogram (EEG).
I measure for imbalance in the cortex and the limbic system by gauging physiological responses. Common measurements I take include brain wave activity, heart rate, heart rate variability (the relationship between heart and respiration), respiratory rate, hand temperatures and skin conductance (skin moisture).
The impulses or frequencies are measured in hertz by the EEG to detect dysregulation. A healthy brain should be able to move easily from one frequency to the next and maintain a balanced ratio among them, enabling the cortex and limbic system to communicate with each other for overall function.
The cortex, or outer brain, is the seat of most of our memories and emotions as well as our motor functions. It communicates information by electrical-chemical impulse. The limbic system, or inner brain, operates by influencing the endocrine and autonomic systems. It manages our unconscious functions such as breathing, heart rate, temperature, and perspiration.
The EEG monitors rhythms that modulate the nervous system’s response to stress, enabling practitioner and patient to determine courses of action to change a dysregulated system into an adaptable one.
Neuro-chiropractic treatment includes chiropractic adjustments to the nervous system, health awareness (identification of good habits and bad habits), nutritional and physical reconditioning education, biofeedback, neurofeedback and brain entrainment protocols.
Treatment components realign the body to its natural state, achieving balance and long term health without drugs or surgeries.
The neuro-chiropractic treatment is a non-pharmacological means to interrupt maladaptive nervous system patterns, preventing disease and achieving homeostasis, a healthy balance.
A well-balanced person not only looks younger, but remains active and vibrant, experiencing more acute awareness, good recovery ability, high energy, few symptoms, resistance to infections, a positive attitude, and mental alertness. In short, excellent health.
Treating the symptoms of stress may provide temporary relief, but only understanding and acting on the underlying causes can promote long-term health.