Does stress seem to follow you wherever you go? At home, you have the stress of dealing with your family and other daily, stressful home tasks. At work, you have to deal with the stress of your boss and co-workers. Even on your drive home you have to deal with the stress of traffic. Can you ever get a break from the stress?! Stress seems to be a part of everyday life, no matter what your career or age is. Many times we put the stress on ourselves, while other times, stress is just another part of living in this new day and age.
Every chiropractor sees patients who’ve been ravaged by chronic stress. More than three-fourths of Americans regularly endure its physical symptoms, and one third characterize their stress levels as “extreme.” Whether emotional or environmental, stress causes damage. It interferes with the professional and personal lives of nearly half our population,and its impact on the body can lead to long-term problems such as spinal misalignment. Stress plays a role in so many modern diseases that some experts estimate it accounts for half the nation’s healthcare-related expenses, says U.S. News & World Report. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help! Regular visits to the chiropractor can help release stored tension in the body, relieve the symptoms of stress and reduce the damage it deals.
Stress and Your Body
Regardless of the cause, stress initiates a fight-or-flight response that affects nearly every part of the body. The brain rouses the sympathetic nervous system, causing the heart rate, blood volume and blood pressure to increase. This diverts blood away from the digestive system and limbs. The adrenal glands also issue a cocktail of chemicals, including adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which over time can wreak havoc on a person’s health. Persistent tension can also cause muscles to contract and the spine to become locked in an abnormal position, interfering with the nervous system’s proper functioning. This can impair the body’s immune response and slow healing. A secondary problem with stress involves the poor habits people adopt when they’re under prolonged stress. “People who are under stress are more likely to gain weight and to smoke, and are less likely to sleep well or exercise,” which can lead to cardiovascular and other diseases, says Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in Los Angeles.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Our spine is attached to our nervous system, which means the health of your spine dictates how you will feel each day, both physically and mentally. When your spine is at its healthiest, then your nervous system can perform its job optimally – which includes handling stress and boosting your immune system. Many times a subluxation, or misalignment, of the spine can interfere with how your nervous system communicates with another part of your body. This can lead to feeling more stressed out, overwhelmed, or anxious. This subluxation can also lead to pain, as well, such as headaches or back pain. Getting adjusted regularly will help you deal with your stress better and help reduce your anxiety. A well-adjusted spine also helps boost your immune system and promotes better sleep habits, which also will help kill stress. Finally, a chiropractor can ease any pain you may have, which will also reduce a lot of stress in your life.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by and melt away your stress with chiropractic care!