Palm Beach Health Center

August 18, 2021

How Your Body Responds to Stressors

Whether real, imagined, chemical, emotional, or physical, stress causes your body to release cortisol. Countless studies have shown that elevated levels of cortisol coincide with increased pain. Learn how to lower your cortisol levels to conquer your back pain in Wellington, FL!

What is Cortisol?

The best way to think of cortisol is by comparing it to an alarm system. Instead of flashing lights and sounds when something goes bump, cortisol alerts your brain to dysfunction by causing you to feel pain.  Cortisol is released from your adrenal glands, which are triangular and can be found on top of your kidneys. Under normal circumstances, cortisol levels will return to normal after the stimuli are removed. However, cortisol dysfunction can often lead to chronic pain that seldomly improves without medical care.

Cortisol Dysfunction

Let's use chronic back pain as an example. When pain turns chronic, your body's natural response is to increase its cortisol levels. However, prolonged increased levels will trap you in a cycle of pain and misery. Before long, each day, you'll feel the adverse effects of pain and inflammation, even after successful treatment. You see, cortisol dysfunction results in consistent inflammation, which results in the reactivation of your stress response. This causes a cycle of inflammation, dysfunction, and pain. Even chronic stress, worrying, and anxiety can lead to these conditions.  

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

Before reaching for an over-the-counter painkiller or seeking prescription medication, you should first see a chiropractor. If your chronic pain stems from misalignment, your chiropractor can fix the alignment, thus allowing you to return to a pain-free life without the use of dangerous, addictive pills.

Back Pain Wellington FL

Say Goodbye to Back Pain in Wellington, FL!

Stop taking medication and seek actual treatment. While each person's road to recovery is different, some patients notice a significant difference after just one visit. Contact us today to see what your scheduled care will look like and how you can get your life back on track!

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