Managing Stress with Chiropractic Care
By Debra Rodzinak
We all experience stress at some point in our life. However, many people don’t realize the huge impact stress can have on their overall health. Stress can cause sleeping difficulties, depression, panic attacks, and even loss of interest in sex. By learning how to manage stress, a person can decrease or even eliminate those symptoms.
Signs of Stress on the Body
Stress not only affects the body, but it can change a person’s behavior and mood. Stress can show up as a number of different symptoms in the body:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Intestinal problems (upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation)
- Lethargy (lack of energy)
- Muscle pain or tension
- Panic attacks
- Sex drive loss
Stress can also show up in a person’s mood:
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse
- Eating problems
- Inability to Focus
- Withdrawal from Friends or Family
- Overall feeling of being unmotivated
Since you can’t always control the amount of stress in your life, you can change your reaction to the causes of the stress. Some useful steps to managing stress include:
- Identify the causes of stress and try to eliminate them, if possible
- Monitor the stress level
- Stay (or become) physically active
- Stay connected with friends and family
- Establish a successful coping method for stress
- Meditation or deep breathing exercises
- Yoga or Tai chi
- Adjustments from a chiropractor for tension in the neck or back
Stress can build up in the muscles of your neck and back causing pain and stiffness. If you find that you have stress and are currently trying coping mechanisms for stress, include a trip to the chiropractor. Release of tension in the neck and back can greatly reduce the feelings that stress can bring.
Reduction of the intake of caffeine and alcohol, along with quitting smoking and getting enough sleep are excellent ways a person can take control of the stress in their lives. Healthy eating can make you feel better, help you drop a few pounds, and reduce blood pressure. Watching your habits can, in the long run, help to reduce overall stress by allowing the body to focus its energy on dealing with the stressors rather than wasting energy on dealing with an unhealthy body.
If you feel that you would benefit from additional steps to reduce the stress in your life by releasing the tension in your neck and back, come by The Joint today. With no insurance forms to fill out and no appointment times to remember, you can begin to reduce your stress just by dropping by The Joint!