In today’s world, finding things to stress about is easy. Money challenges, work pressures, health concerns, relationship issues, overstimulation and other factors can be a constant weight on our shoulders. Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and unhealthy happens can also foster stress from within.
Every chiropractor has seen patients suffering from chronic stress. We are no different. Over 75% of people in the US experience the physical symptoms of stress regularly, and a third consider their levels of stress to be “extreme.”
No matter its causes, stress leads to damage. For half the adult population, it gets in the way of our personal and professional lives. According to US News & World Report, it plays such a serious role in modern diseases that it may account for half of our country’s healthcare-related expenses!
Thankfully, chiropractic can reduce stress. Making regular appointments can help your body release stored tension, reduce the symptoms of stress and prevent it from doing more serious harm in the future.
How does stress change the body?
No matter what causes it, stress triggers a response that alters practically every inch of our bodies. When stressed, our brains wake up the sympathetic nervous system, raising our blood volume, heart rate and blood pressure. Blood is diverted from the limbs and digestive system. At the same time, our adrenal glands release a mixture of chemicals, like norepinephrine, adrenaline and epinephrine.
Our muscles may contract and our spine may take an abnormal position, preventing the nervous system from doing its job well. This can affect our immune systems and reduce the body’s ability to heal from illness or injury.
Chiropractic care and stress
There are two paths for dealing with stress — a healthy one and an unhealthy one. The unhealthy path is marked by the poor habits some people adopt when they are trying to deal with prolonged stress. They may start smoking, drink more than usual and make other poor health choices. These folks are less likely to exercise, sleep well or eat a balanced diet. This path only leads to more stress and poor health consequences.
The other path, the healthy one, includes chiropractic care and other strategies for combatting stress. Chiropractic adjustments are powerful tools against stress because then the spine isn’t correctly aligned, your nervous system cannot send messages through the body properly. An adjustment can increase the communication between your brain and the rest of your body, increasing system efficiency.
Adjustments can also sooth spinal nerves, release muscle tension and improve your blood circulation — all changes that help your brain alleviate stress so you can be more relaxed.
If you are interested in taking this healthier path for dealing with stress, contact Forgey Chiropractic today for an appointment!