Stress as an Element of Change

When I was seven years old, one night, I was told I had to sleep with my radio on. So I turned on this radio, turned up the volume. There was no programming, it was silent, and I went to sleep. A little after midnight, this loud siren blared through the radio and I flew out of bed. With my family, we ran out the door, ran down the hallway, ran all the way down to the basement where everybody else was waiting. And we were scared. Then this roar of this jet plane flew overhead. And we heard the high-pitched whistle of this bomb that had just been dropped. And this whistle was getting louder and louder as this bomb was getting closer and closer. But we couldn’t tell where it was, because it was too high pitched. It could have been a block away or it could have been right over my head. And all I could do was wait. Until I hear the explosion, and our building shook just a bit, the lights flickered, and I thought “Wow, I’m still alive,” but I knew someone had just died.

Now that was in 1981 in Tehran. And the reason I tell you that story is because I know what stress feels like. I know you’ve been through stress, you may be going through stressful times right now. So let’s talk about stress.

The word stress was coined by Dr. Hans Selye. He worked with rats. He found out that when he created stress in their life, they developed the same diseases that humans have, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, obesity. And so his conclusion was that stress most definitely does make you sick. But if you ask Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, he would say “Let me show you what it looks like when people don’t have any stress.” He would say, “Follow me.” He’d walk you out his office, walk down the corridor, walk outside the front doors of the church, walk across the parking lot, onto the cemetery, and he would say, “Look down here. None of these people have any stress.” So then, researchers in the laboratory wanted to find out what happens if you remove stress. So they took single-celled organisms, amoebae, in a petri dish and they took away all their stress. And they gave them the perfect amount of food, the perfect temperature, perfect environment. They gave them high-definition TV’s and Tempurpedic beds, and these amoebae, these single-celled organisms, they all died, early. Way earlier than they should have died. So the conclusion was stress is necessary to sustain life. So then Dr. Peale was right, that without stress we’d die. So which is it? Is stress good or is it bad?Here’s the definition of stress, stress is a force that causes change in your life. By definition, it’s neither good or bad. You see, in this slide the force that got the soccer ball to move is the same force that can rearrange this gentleman’s face. Or it could be the force that scores the winning goal in the World Cup that causes an entire nation to celebrate. It’s the same force, it’s neither good or bad. Think about exercise. When we exercise we’re putting stress on the body. You do it properly, you get stronger, you get healthier, you get fit. Do it improperly you get hurt, you get sick. Same force. Talking about financial stress, I know business owners. Under financial stress, some of them will lock their doors, pack their bags, they walk away from their dream. And then you have people under financial stress, they step up their game, they innovate, they work harder, they produce. Their business evolves, it’s better than after the financial stress than before. Same force, different outcome.

So what’s our goal then? Is our goal to reduce or not reduce stress? My solution: get strong. Get strong so you can take the hits and still keep moving forward. Get strong so you can carry that burden and not have it know you down. Get strong so you can accept all the responsibilities that you now want, and succeed every single time, get strong.

So how wide is the GAP? GAP stands for General Adaptation Potential. It’s your body’s ability to adapt to stress. That stress can be physical, emotional or chemical. The G-A-P is the measure of that. To give you an example, if the GAP is really wide, you can handle a lot of stress before you can get sick. If the GAP is narrow, a little stress will knock you down, you’ll get sick. How wide is the GAP? This is what I do in my office every day, we measure that GAP. You see, when I’m working with my private clients, you come into my office and we run a battery of tests. Checking things from the structure of your spine all the way to the function of your autonomic nervous system. We use state of the art technology like spinal thermography, surface electromyography, and using a pulse-wave profiler. We’ll do heart rate variability. We’ll find out how much stress you can handle. What your potential is to handle that stress. And I’ll be able to tell you if the stress in your life is setting you up for illness. And if that is the case, we’ll come up with a program and a plan to increase the GAP, strengthen you, make you healthy, so you can take on those responsibilities and succeed.

So let me tell you why this can save your life. Dr. Russell Reeves, one of the most famous cardiothoracic surgeon is quoted as saying, “If you live long enough you will eventually be faced with a health challenge. How you come out of that challenge depends entirely on how you’ve been living your life up to that moment.” He’s a great surgeon, he says, “If you’re on my operating table, I’m going to do a good job, I guarantee you that. But that doesn’t determine whether you live or die. It’s how you been preparing for that event.” Mohammad Ali said the exact same thing, he said, “The fight is won or lost away from witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, long before I dance under the lights.” It’s not how you fight, it’s how you prepare for the fight. Are you prepared? You see, the experts are saying that we’re going to be forced eventually to step into that ring. And our opponent can be bigger than us, more powerful than us, and stronger than us. Whether we win or lose depends not on how we fight the fight, but how we been living our life and preparing and training up to that moment.

When I’m hired to speak in corporations, conventions, or churches this is the point I teach. That your level of health depends entirely on how much stress you can handle. In fact, your level of success depends entirely on how much stress you can handle. Your family depends entirely on how much stress you can handle. Your income depends entirely on how much stress you can handle. So embrace the stress so you can succeed in your career and excel in life because that is how greatness is achieved.

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Chiropractors located in Frederick County, Frederick, MD


In 2020, with tremendous pride and excitement, we announced that Mid Atlantic Chiropractic Center was expanding to better serve the health needs of our growing community. In August of 2020, our new state-of-the-art office was officially opened to the Frederick community. This office is located at 2480C Osprey Way South in the beautiful Market Square shopping center, directly across from the One Life Fitness gym.

MACC was established in 2006 by Dr. Amir Rashidian. Now he, and his world-class team, are consistently bringing the same amazing care that has made MACC a leader in the healthcare profession and the choice of thousands in the greater Frederick community. To schedule an appointment or enjoy a tour of our new office, call our office number 301-698-0001.

Mid Atlantic Chiropractic Center is a top-ranked provider of chiropractic care for patients of all ages, employing hands-on techniques and state-of-the-art technology to assess and treat a broad array of medical conditions. In fact, we received the great honor of winning Frederick News Post’s 2020 Award for Best Chiropractor! We are so humbled by this award and look forward to continuing to serve Frederick for many years to come! At Mid Atlantic Chiropractic Center in Frederick, MD, we offer holistic, patient-centered chiropractic care for neck pain, back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, and migraines, as well as pediatric chiropractic care and posture corrections for adults and children. With two convenient Frederick locations, we are well-equipped to help the residents of Frederick County achieve greater health than they ever imagined possible. Mid Atlantic Chiropractic Center welcomes new patients, give us a call today!

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Back Pain

Neck Pain

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Our family has a long term relationship with MAC. Our needs were addressed directly in our first visits and we were given an detailed program to follow.

At The Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Frederick office.

We provide advanced spinal correction utilizing state of the art chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. Our doctors have years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.

We teach our patients special “blueprint” exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles, and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.

We often find it helpful to “coach” our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each patient is a whole person, and helping them reach true health and wellness is a collaborative effort between our professionals and our patients.

We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Dr. Amir Rashidian can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.

Cox® Technic is a spinal manipulation that relieves back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, and a host of other spinal related conditions…disc herniation, spinal stenosis, post-surgical continued pain, and pregnancy-related back pain.

Cox Technic is non-surgical, doctor-controlled, hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on The Cox Table, a proprietary, specially designed chiropractic instrument. This table permits the effective administration of flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment and manipulation.

Well-researched and documented flexion-distraction and decompression help relieve spinal pain and return patients to their desired quality of life by …

  • dropping intradiscal pressure to as low as -192mm Hg
  • widening the spinal canal foraminal area by 28%
  • reducing pressure on the spinal nerves
  • returning motion to the spinal joints

The goal of Cox Technic is to help the spinal pain patient go from “pain” to “no pain” as quickly as possible following the “rule of 50%” which governs the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Posture and spinal screenings can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and well-being. We provide detailed and comprehensive screenings at our office. Contact us today to arrange a screening for yourself and your family members.

Support for your entire body

Most orthotic companies only support one arch. When only one arch is being supported the problem shifts to another part of your body. Functional orthotics support the three interconnected arches of your foot, the plantar vault. The structural support for the entire body’s equilibrium is gained from your feet’s plantar vault.

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Unlike generic, over-the-counter orthotics, our Functional orthotics are individually designed for your unique postural problems — not just problems with your feet. We believe that correcting imbalances in your feet can properly align your spine and pelvis.
Our Functional orthotics offer more than just short-term symptom relief. They also promote whole-body wellness for your life.


More and more women are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy. The most common complaint for which women seek chiropractic care during pregnancy is for low back pain. In addition to back pain relief, pregnant women are finding that chiropractic benefits a host of other conditions as well.

Our doctor’s approach to treating your sports injuries is rooted in this simple philosophy: treat both the symptoms and the problem. Our goal with every patient is to improve their health from the inside out.

Lifestyle Counseling- is a natural complement to Chiropractic adjustments and other traditional treatments, and can make a significant difference for your overall health. Lifestyle changes may help prevent sports injuries from happening and flaring up again.

Chiropractic Adjustments- Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing back pain relief and managing chronic pain.

Veterans face physical, chemical, and emotional stress unique to their profession. Veterans at Mid Atlantic Chiropractic Center are entitled to a special discount as a way of saying thanks for your service in keeping our country safe. Dr. Amir’s approach to treatment is rooted in this simple philosophy: treat both the symptoms and the problem. While medications help reduce the pain, they do not treat or get rid of the underlying cause of pain. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment because it realigns the body to fix the problem.

Lifestyle Counseling- is a natural complement to Chiropractic adjustments and other traditional treatments, and can make a significant difference for your overall health. Lifestyle changes may help control the signs and symptoms associated with your injuries.

Chiropractic Adjustments- Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing back pain relief and managing chronic pain caused by spinal misalignments.

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