Whether it’s from work responsibilities, financial problems or issues with family and friends, stress is something that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their life. It’s a little-known fact that stress affects the body both mentally and physically. Thankfully, you can reduce your levels and regain control of your body with the help of a professional chiropractor.
Stress impacts the body a variety of ways, one of which is increased muscle tension. You may not realize it, but stress causes you to naturally tense the muscles in your body This is a common phenomenon that ultimately places additional strain on the body. Chiropractors, however, are trained to release this pressure through manual adjustments and alignments. They’ll identify and focus on areas with the greatest amount of tension, allowing your body to gradually relax again.
Of course, stress is also known to cause digestive problems, increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and it raises blood pressure. According to some estimates, approximately 80-90% of all doctors visits are in some way related to stress. When the body is stressed, chemical changes occur which affect the immune system along with numerous other functions. This is why people who constantly experience high stress levels are more likely to get sick than those who are relaxed and content.
Stress encourages the production of three primary chemicals within the body: adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. We typically have small trace amounts of these chemicals running through our body at any given time. Once we are stressed, however, the body signals the “fight or flight” response, at which point it creates more of the previously mentioned chemicals. These chemicals give the body a temporary boost of energy to continue going, but unfortunately it also affects the body’s long-term health. The only way to effectively reduce the amount of adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine in your body is by eliminating your stress.
A professional chiropractor can help reduce your stress levels through adjustments and alignments. After performing an examination, they’ll work to guide your spine back into its original position. As a result of the stress-related tension, parts of the spine can become knocked out of alignment; thus, creating an uncomfortable sensation. This is a relatively easy fix that a professional chiropractor can handle in their office.
As your spine is moved back into alignment and the tension is released in your body, you will naturally experience lower stress levels. It’s important to make lifestyle changes to maintain low stress levels; otherwise, you’ll find yourself back in the same position. Talk with your chiropractor to see what type of changes they recommend. A new diet and exercise regime might be the key to improving your stress levels.
Stress is a serious medical condition that shouldn’t be overlooked. It costs employers over $300 billion annually from health care costs and lost productivity. Make an appointment with your chiropractor today to see how they can help to reduce your stress levels through adjustments and alignments.Share