The Fight or Flight Response
The Fight or Flight Response
Fight or Flight is the body's stress response. It is how stress manifests itself in your physiology. You’ve probably heard of fight or flight before. In Humanity's history, we needed a physiologic state that would protect us from danger. Back when we were once hunters & gatherers and sabre tooth tigers were a threat. We’d spend the majority of our days in a parasympathetic (rest & digest) state, and sometimes, a threat would appear. Within seconds, we needed to be ready to fight the predator or run away from it and hide. Either way we had a few minutes of danger before returning to our normal state. If we lived to tell the tale!
How Stress Impacts Our Physiology
When our bodies shift into that stress state, certain physiologic changes take place, most of them without us having any conscious awareness:
• Heart rate & blood pressure increases to push blood around the body quicker
• Breathing quickens and becomes more shallow in an attempt to get extra oxygen to the brain
• Cholesterol levels rise in order to clot potential wounds that may be inflicted during the fight
• Digestion & reproductive systems pause to redirect blood to the skeletal muscles
• The immune system is switched off because it’s an energy intensive job to fight infection
All of these effects are pretty intelligent, I am sure you will agree. The problem comes when we spend the vast majority of our lives living in stress and adopting this defence physiology as a normal way of being.
Rest & Digest: Our Ideal State
Rest & digest on the other hand is a state of ease, where all of our body’s systems are working in harmony with one another. In a state of ease, we are able to grow, develop and heal appropriately. This rest & digest state is where we want to spend our time as adults healing old patterns. It’s also where we want our children to be as they grow up, through their baby milestones, school years, exams and teenage angst.
Correct Posture • Reset Stress • Ease Movement
Everyone else is searching for what’s wrong with you; we focus on what’s perfectly brilliant. Trust in the knowledge that your body was intelligently designed to heal, grow and function beautifully. We work with your innate perfection by locating and correcting vertebral subluxations; restoring balance within your nervous system, allowing your body and brain to communicate with ease.
Managing Fight or Flight Responses
Complete Chiropractic Solutions in One Place
In our office we honour and support the healing capacity of the body. We also believe a body full of life is a connected system and one that expresses life fully.
What if you knew your body was brilliant, not broken? As a chiropractor we do not just fix people. We also facilitate a process of ease in the body so you can once again function at full capacity. We trust in the knowledge that your body was intelligently designed to heal and grow beautifully. In addition, as Doctors of Chiropractic, we have the ability to assess the strength and state of the nerve system. Our goal is to support the body, as well as restore balance to the nerve system, allowing the brain and body to communicate with ease.
Our goal is to allow you to shine brighter than you thought possible and reach your full potential.
Laura Gravelle, Doctor of Chiropractic
New Patients Welcome at Gravelle Chiropractic
Gravelle Chiropractic is a family focused healing space changing lives through chiropractic. We love, support and inspire families toward their optimal expression of life by removing interference to the nervous system and allowing innate perfection to shine. We have a clear goal for every client: a lifetime of health and vitality, with a clear and connected nervous system. Let us be your London chiropractor.
Prior to your visit you will be asked to complete the online health questionnaire. In addition, please allow 30 - 45 minutes for this visit in the office. During the Initial Chiropractic Consultation and Health History, you will speak to the doctor so together, we can better understand your case history, life history, areas of stress, posture and movement. Examination of Spine will follow.
A complete neurological examination of the spine.
Two high-tech computerized neurological tests.
Comprehensive stress testing of the nerve system.
We send out for X-ray, if needed.
Once the doctor has had a chance to sit down and study your test results, she will have you back for your “Report of Findings Results Visit”.
During this visit you will also receive a detailed description of your current health situation, how you scored on the stress tests, and what this indicates about your current state of function.
We will present the best plan of management and how to reach your goals with a success plan. Finally, we answer all of your questions before starting your chiropractic adjustment schedule, these include how long it will take, how much it will cost, how we will mark change along the journey.