Keystone Physical Medicine wants you to know the negative effects of stress and how
chiropractic care can help. Everybody has experienced emotional stress at one point or another,
but do you really understand the toll that it takes on your health? When you are in a prolonged
state of stress, your body undergoes many drastic changes. Stress not only affects your thoughts,
feelings, and behavior, it is responsible for many internal complications as well. Some of these
include increased storage of body fat, decreased immune system function, slowing of the
digestive system, and an overall decrease in your body’s ability to adapt to illness.
Most people know that cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”, it is released by the adrenal
glands in our brain in response to fear or stress and stimulates our flight-or- fight mechanism.
What’s important to note is that there are different types of stress; eustress (good stress) and
distress (bad stress). Both forms of stress release cortisol, preparing your body for action, or the
fight-or- flight response. However, there needs to be a physical release of fight or flight or
cortisone levels build up in the blood. Chronic stress and high levels of cortisol in the blood can
wreak havoc on the body and the mind. It is responsible for low immune system function, high
blood pressure, interferes with learning and memory, headaches, chest pain, cholesterol, heart
disease, trouble sleeping, diabetes, the list goes on and on.
Luckily, at KPM, we understand all of this and can help you avoid these unwanted health issues
through natural chiropractic care. Most people don’t realize that their stress response is
coordinated by their nervous system, which is exactly what the doctors at Keystone Physical
Medicine in Boise are dedicated to caring for. Many patients under chiropractic care not only say
they feel less stressed emotionally, but they also get sick less often, have improved digestion, and
experience increased energy.
If you feel like the stresses in your life have been dragging you down emotionally as well as
causing your health to suffer, then give us a call and see how your life can be improved through
natural chiropractic care. You can call us at 208-426- 9200 or find us on the web at

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