Life is stressful. Busy schedules, financial difficulties, career pressures, media saturation, and even Facebook envy – there is a myriad of environmental factors we encounter in our day-to-day lives that instantly launch our tension and anxiety levels to new heights. When left unchecked, stress can have a serious, tangible impact on our bodies. Illness, insomnia, and even poor nutrition are just some of the many ways stress can manifest itself as negative physical and emotional symptoms.
Chronic stress can also have severe repercussions on our spinal health. Overtime, muscle tension from unresolved worry may result in a locked spine (yes, locked spine is just as unnatural and uncomfortable as it sounds). Additionally, stress triggers the “fight or flight” response, which activates the sympathetic nervous system, elevates heart rate, and causes senses to go on high alert. Prolonged stress can also cause health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and damage to muscles and tissues. In short, pent-up worry can wreak absolute havoc on our bodies.
Chiropractic Care Can Prove A Powerful Weapon Against Stress
Yes, stress is often an avoidable fact of life. However, you don’t have to simply endure the long-term consequences of worry without relief. Chiropractic care can offer a viable treatment option to alleviate stress and reduce its harsh effects on your body.
How Chiropractic Care Relieves Stress
Your chiropractor will often begin your session by assessing your spinal alignment. Most people don’t realize that many stress signals actually begin in the spine and radiate throughout your entire body. When your spine is out of alignment, the nervous system doesn’t properly distribute these signals, causing the hormones and chemicals generated during stressful periods to build up. Proper alignment helps appropriately release these signals so your body begins to feel better.
Realigning your spine does more than just help your nervous system communicate stress signals more effectively; a chiropractic adjustment releases muscle tension, soothes irritated or inflamed nerves, and improves blood circulation – all of which contribute to your brain deciding to flip the fight or flight button off or on.
There are also extra stress-relief benefits associated with regular chiropractic care. After your appointment, your lowered stress levels may help you also experience better sleep, an elevated mood, and increased confidence. You may also find that your lower stress levels help you enjoy a better, more focused connection to the world around you.
Although it’s impossible to remove worry from our lives completely, regular chiropractic care can make it easier to manage tension as well as protect your body from the harmful effects of long-term stress. In addition to consistent adjustments, your chiropractor may also recommend nutritional supplements, rehabilitative or daily exercises, massage, relaxation techniques such as breathing or yoga, or posture changes to create a cohesive health approach that diminishes long-term ramifications of our stressful modern lives.