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De-Stress with the Help of Chiropractic

By Sara Butler

Stress is a big issue for a lot of people. While the sources of stress vary, it's not uncommon for work, family commitments, health concerns, or economic issues to be the source of stress in a lot of people's lives. What does this have to do with chiropractic? At The Joint Chiropractic, the chiropractors can help your body to work optimally, which helps you deal with stress. Here's how you can de-stress with the help of The Joint!

Stress and Your Health

One of the most common symptoms of stress are feelings of irritability, anxiety, anger, and just a general feeling of being overwhelmed by the things happening around you. You may even feel depressed or fatigued.

When you're under constant stress, different areas of your body can be impacted. A few of these effects include:

  • Respiratory system - Stress can cause your breathing rate to increase, triggering panic attacks or hyperventilation
  • Musculoskeletal system - When under stress, your muscles tense. This can lead to migraines and other types of headaches, as well as other conditions.
  • Nervous system - Your body perceives any type of stress as a threat. This is an innate response you simply cannot control and you shouldn't try to because it helps to keep you out of danger. But when your body is in constant flight or flight mode, it releases stress hormones that can have a negative impact on your health.
  • Endocrine system - Your adrenal glands produce cortisol when stressed. Constantly elevated levels of cortisol can lead to a higher chance of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes.

Your ancient ancestors needed these responses to help them stay alive when hunting down mastodons. The problem is, your body can't tell a difference between being charged by a mastodon or sitting in rush hour traffic. That's why it's important to adopt ways to deal with stress.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Regular chiropractic care can ensure that your central nervous system is functioning at its very best. Hands-on chiropractic adjustments help to alleviate any joint dysfunctions for restrictions present that may be inhibiting proper communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Once these are eliminated, it can help to calm your body's fight or flight reaction and reduce stress from your body's point of view.

Stress is something you can't avoid or ignore, so let your chiropractor help you navigate your life with a little less stress!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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