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What to Do When Stress Takes Aim at Your Heart

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are in your 30s, 40s, or beyond, you are probably aware of the heart rules to keep weight down, watch cholesterol and exercise every day, but you may be ignoring the equally important impact of stress.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, recently cited a study that found having high levels of stress for a decade can create a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease. The study also showed using effective stress reducers could lower heart disease by as much as 27 percent.

The stress process happens when your emotions soar, cranking up bone marrow and creating too many white blood cells which inflame arteries. The end result is heart disease with an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

How Chiropractic Can Help

If you would like to even the scale and dial your stress way back, The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you may be able to help.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community provides licensed chiropractors who can help you pinpoint your stress triggers and find the most effective ways to reduce them.

When you come in, you will learn how improved spinal health plays out with better overall health. The spine allows us to weave through the day, while the central nervous system housed inside controls our brain-to-body communication. 

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may bring far-reaching pain relief, along with a more relaxed feeling of well-being. Better sleep, fresh energy and clearer thinking are often noted. Benefits are unique to each individual.

As you evaluate your benefits you may decide to do weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay at your peak and work on your stress reduction. Together, you and your chiropractor can look for the best ways to lower stress.

You may learn to meditate - Meditation sounds much more complex than it really is. Follow the guidelines for a simple meditation and use it morning and evening to ground yourself.

You may want to turn up the volume - Threading your favorite music through the day may help you relax and let go of some of the tension. 

Laughter may be the best medicine - Finding something funny to start the day could help you lighten up the whole day. Funny old movies and amusing friends can help too.

Get outside and get going - Running, walking or jogging in your neighborhood or favorite park may help you unload stress every day.

Learn to take little breathers - When the day and its demands become overwhelming, step away and find a quiet spot to just breathe. Slowly inhale to the count of five. As you exhale, let go of all of those worries. When you rejoin the world you may feel a whole lot better.

Ready to relax? Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. No appointments are needed. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance and weekend and evening hours are available.

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

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