• Dr. Mike Hurley

Let's Talk About Fight or Flight - Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins

Updated: Apr 26


So what can throw your body into a fight-or-flight (sympathetic) state?

Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins



What does this mean?

Everyday stressors (physical, mental, and chemical) can lead the body to be in a sympathetic (fight-or-flight) dominant state. Here are some examples of each:

•Thoughts: Negative self-talk, emotional trauma, anxiety from a stressful job/relationship, a 2-year long pandemic for example

•Traumas: Birth trauma, a slip and fall, physical changes that occur during pregnancy

•Toxins: Moving into a home with mold, cleaning with toxic chemicals, consuming foods high in pesticides


𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩-𝙤𝙧-𝙛𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚? This high-stress state can lead to so many negative health effects:

  • A decreased mental state. In order to have proper responses like restorative sleep, optimal digestion, and increased immune system function, the body has to be in a parasympathetic (rest and digest) dominant state.

Chiropractic care works directly with the nervous system. It assists the body in moving from a sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state to a parasympathetic state (rest and digest).


At Pine Coast, we focus our care around the nervous system in a safe and effective way. We’re here to help!

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