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How Chiropractic Care Reduces Stress

By Lana Bandoim

You may have noticed feeling more relaxed after a chiropractic visit. Research from Japan supports using chiropractic care to improve overall health and reduce stress. Scientists used PET scans to monitor brain activity after chiropractic visits. They discovered that chiropractic spinal manipulations could lower stress levels.

Stress Reduction

Scientists examined the PET scans of chiropractic patients before and after treatment. In addition, they took saliva samples and measured muscle tone. They noticed positive changes in brain activity after the chiropractic spinal manipulations. The chiropractic patients had lower cortisol levels that indicated a reduction in stress. They also had less pain and felt the quality of their lives improved after treatment. 

Lower Cortisol Levels

Chiropractic patients often report feeling better and more relaxed after an adjustment. Now, research supports their observations. Cortisol is a hormone that is associated with stress in the body. When you are under stress, more cortisol is released by the adrenal glands. However, chiropractic care can lower cortisol and reduce stress.

High levels of cortisol are dangerous because they can lead to adrenal fatigue. This can hurt the immune system and metabolism. High levels of cortisol can also affect the muscles and bones in a negative way. Bones can become brittle and weak.

Better Quality of Life

When you are in pain, it is hard to focus on work, family or anything else. Anxiety about pain and other symptoms is also common. People get used to not being able to participate in their favorite activities because of back or neck pain. They adjust their lifestyles to accommodate the pain. However, pain can affect their emotional state and make them angry.

Have you ever yelled at someone because of back pain? Do you snap at others while your neck hurts? Is it harder to maintain a positive mood when pain levels are high?

Pain can affect relationships and the quality of your life. Chiropractic treatments can reduce pain and improve the quality of your life. Once the pain decreases, it is easier to handle other types of stress.

When you are ready to see a chiropractor, visit The Joint Chiropractic. Appointments are not required, and walk-ins are welcome at The Joint. Consider getting one of the personalized care plans to treat pain. The licensed professionals at The Joint are ready to help. After the visit, pay attention to your stress levels and watch them decrease along with your pain.  

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

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