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Does posture influence stress?

Bryan Asby


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February 10, 2017

Another surprising result was that motor areas in the cerebral cortex, involved in the planning and performance of movement, provide a substantial input to the adrenal medulla. One of these areas is a portion of the primary motor cortex that is concerned with the control of axial body movement and posture. This input to the adrenal medulla may explain why core body exercises are so helpful in modulating responses to stress. Calming practices such as Pilates, yoga, tai chi and even dancing in a small space all require proper skeletal alignment, coordination and flexibility.

Our brains and organs are intimately linked. This study found the portion of the brain that controls movement and posture can influence our adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are vital for acute (short term) stress response. For instance when you see a bear, the adrenal glands pump out hormones needed to help you escape. So what does this mean? It means when the body is in proper alignment (chiropractic) and we utilize exercises to help with our alignment (yoga, tia chia, etc) it influences how we adapt to stress! This means more energy, strong immune system, less pain!

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