Stress is a part of life – and it’s VITAL that we have a stress response.  It allows us to make quick decisions.  It enables us to lift heavy equipment to save a loved one.  It stimulates our body to fight or to flee from a situation that is unwanted.

Unfortunately, when it’s long-term, those stress hormones cause chaos in our bodies and start to wear down our bodies from the inside.  Long-term stress can cause:

  • Pain
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema


What can you do to keep your stress response short-term?

  • Have a support system (friends, family, etc.).
  • Mild-moderate exercise regularly (This gets the stress hormones out of our system by using them up, but don’t work out too hard or it’s added stress on your body.)
  • Keep a positive attitude and outlook on life.
  • Laugh often
  • Sleep long enough
  • Understanding the situation and keeping it in perspective with how long it should last or how to work through it.
  • Seeing a therapist if necessary to help deal with the stresses.

In looking at both the effects of stress as well as the ways to deal with stress, it’s evident that NUCCA therapy can help on more than one level.

  • NUCCA helps your body to physically deal with stress – it improves your body’s response to and regulation of  stress.
  • NUCCA helps your body to heal from (or inhibit the formation of) these long-term stress problems shown above (heart disease, chronic pain,  digestive problems, etc.)
  • NUCCA helps with insomnia and improves the mental functions of your body, enabling you to manage your stress consciously through your attitude and cognitive function as well as giving you more energy or pain relief to exercise regularly.

It may be time for you to deal with your stress levels and improve your vitality.  Call Dr. Pritchett today.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at