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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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.

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The Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic continuously strives to provide its customers with holistic chiropractic wellness. Specializing in a range of different chiropractic techniques, our services can be utilized for various medical conditions. This includes posture correction and chiropractor treatment for migraines, back pain, sciatica, and pediatric chiropractic.

Our services have been carefully designed to incorporate state-of-the-art techniques and newer methods to provide safe and effective results. Taking a personalized approach to each client, we work with a set of “blueprint” techniques that are modified on a case-to-case basis. This strategy ensures patients benefit from tried and tested treatment methods while targeting their unique needs.  Since every condition impacts patients differently, our highly versatile approach provides consistent results across clientele and the severity of symptoms.

Here is a brief description of all the services offered at Mid Atlantic Clinic of Chiropractic:

Chiropractic Care:

This includes advanced spinal corrective treatment to address a range of issues, including leg pain, back pain, and spine misalignment. Our chiropractic care utilizes special manipulative therapy techniques that can help increase the range of motion, promote balance, realign the spine, and reduce inflammation. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for pregnant women suffering from back pain. It can also help athletes and veterans with injury rehabilitation.

Corrective Exercises and Spinal Rehabilitation Program:

Depending on their needs and requirements, clients may be assigned different techniques and exercises for faster recovery. However, corrective exercises and techniques are commonly used for spine rehabilitation and other back-related conditions. With over 30-40% correction rate, these exercises are easy to follow and can be conveniently carried out in the comfort of your home. In addition to spinal rehabilitation, these exercises are designed to help with muscle and connective tissue misalignment.

Cox Flexion Distraction:

Cox Flexion Distraction is a popular manipulative technique effective for chiropractic treatments. This hands-on spinal manipulation technique relieves back, neck and leg pain and severe spinal conditions. The Cox Flexion Distraction technique decompresses the spine through gentle stretching or applying traction to the lower spine. It is a non-surgical treatment that can also restore the range of motion in the joints and muscles, promoting flexibility and better posture.

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In addition to corrective and manipulative techniques for back relief, our chiropractic clinic also provides lifestyle coaching. Patients are informed and guided on avoiding specific activities that may make their symptoms worse. The service ensures patients can lead happy and fulfilling life without compromising their quality of living.

Nutritional Counseling:

Nutritional counseling services provide individualized dietary plans catering to patients' nutritional needs. This includes everything from a strictly structured diet for optimal recovery to prescription supplements to combat deficiencies.

Spinal & Postural Screenings:

Several reasons may contribute to posture and spinal issues. For effective results, we utilize screenings to reveal the overall functioning of muscles in alignment with the bones. This can help identify root problems and provides an indication of the overall condition of your spine.

Foot Levelers:

In cases where postural problems are caused due to a misaligned spine or pelvis, we also provide custom-made functional orthotics to correct imbalances in the feet. Unlike over-the-counter foot levels, our orthotics are designed to promote whole-body wellness.

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