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Surprise! Stress is Causing Pain: Here's How to Deal

By Genevieve Cunningham

You wake up in the morning with a horrible pain in your back. You get up, stretch, and -- the pain is still there. You go to work and notice that along with back pain, you also have a stubborn headache. What gives? You haven't injured yourself. You don't feel sick. What's with the pain? Unfortunately, the answer might be stress. Stress has a funny way of showing up in our lives, and one of the biggest manifestations of stress is actually pain. If you're feeling discomfort, and you suspect it might be from stress, take a look at how to deal with the pain and start feeling better now. 

What's Causing You Stress?

The list of stressors in your life could probably go on and on. Maybe it's work obligations that have you stressed. Maybe it's your personal relationships. Maybe it's your health or your finances. There are a million different things that cause us stress. If we can ever pinpoint the causes, we can work to avoid them, which may be a great way to keep stress under control.

How Stress Manifests as Pain

We'll never avoid all stress. There will always be something that worries us or causes us distress of some kind. And when we do have stress, especially when it hangs around for a long period of time, it can actually manifest in our bodies as pain. You may notice a headache that just won't quit. You may notice back or neck stiffness that makes movement hard. Stress often equals tension, and that tension in the body turns into discomfort incredibly quickly.

How to Deal With Discomfort

So how can we deal with the discomfort that comes with stress? First, try to find the cause. If you eliminate the cause, you eliminate the stress, and thus eliminate the pain. But since you'll never eliminate all stress, you also need a way to get rid of the pain. And that's when it's a good idea to turn to the chiropractor. Chiropractors can use gentle manipulation to remove tension from the body, ease pain, and restore basic function. And it all works together too. Alleviating the pain may make it easier to deal with the stress, and so the pain doesn't come back as strong. If stress is a part of your life, give chiropractic care a try for the benefit of less stress and pain, and for all the other benefits that might come with it.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to deal with the pain of stress, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, you won't have to stress yourself out more to get relief. Instead, you'll be able to use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get care without the hassle. It's true that stress can cause pain -- but it's also true that chiropractic care might help you find relief! Get rid of the stress and the pain and start feeling your best with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.

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