A Chiropractic Solution for Stress
By Sara Butler
Stress – everyone has it! It’s what you do with it that can make a big difference in your life. The toll stress can take on your body if not dealt with in a healthy way can cause several adverse side effects. It’s up to you to find effective ways to deal with stress and your chiropractor can help. Here is how stress impacts your body and what you can do about it.
The Side Effects
The side effects of stress can go beyond the emotional. The toll stress can take on your body includes:
- Increased blood pressure
- Decreased immune system function
- Muscle tension
- Susceptibility to illness
Researchers are discovering new connections between stress and illness all the time, which makes it even more important to find appropriate ways to deal with the stress present in your life.
How to Deal with Stress
There are several strategies you can employ to deal with stress. One way is to practice deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Yoga or meditation are great ways to help relieve some stress. Exercise is another healthy outlet for the stress you may be feeling in your life. Just going for a walk for 20 minutes in the evening can have a larger impact than you may think on your overall health and stress relief.
Another great way to help your body cope with stress is through regular chiropractic care. Many people aren’t aware of the ways in which chiropractic can help, but it really makes sense once it’s broken down.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
When your spine is misaligned it puts stress on your central nervous system. So, you are feeling emotional stress while your body is dealing with physical stress from subluxations – it’s like a double stress whammy!
Chiropractors believe in an innate connection between the spine and the function of other body systems, including the immune system. If you are out of alignment and your body isn’t able to communicate freely through your spinal nerves then it can cause decreased function of your immune system, which opens you up to frequent illness or even chronic disease.
When you have regular adjustments at The Joint Chiropractic, it allows your body to begin healing from the impact of stress from the inside out. There will be no interference between the central nervous system and the rest of your body, so everything will be able to work optimally.
Chiropractic care may also be able to help you ease muscle tension and address issues with headaches due to stress. When you are aligned properly your muscles don’t have to work as hard to pull your vertebrae back into their proper place, so you may feel less muscle tension almost immediately.
If you feel stress is a problem for you, then talk with your chiropractor about it during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic.