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How Chiropractic May Help Ease Stress


Millions of Americans suffer from stress regularly, often due to a work/life imbalance, money issues, or other problems. Even day-to-day things such as traffic, or being over-scheduled can lead to build up tension and stress. With this can come negative symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and aches and pains. While we may not be able to stop all stress, there are ways to deal with it and its symptoms. Try to understand the sources of your stress and see if there are things that can be addressed. To handle other symptoms, chiropractic adjustments may offer some relief.

Chiropractic treatments focus on the nervous system, which flows through the entire body and affects all of the major organs. When a person suffers from stress, their brain may experience a decrease in dopamine and other feel-good chemicals. Past studies have shown that being adjusted helps release these feel-good chemicals in the brain, acting as a natural anti-depressant. In addition, the spinal manipulation can promote blood flow through the body, allowing muscles to relax.

When blood begins to flow properly, it brings important nutrients through the body to the vital organs. This can boost the immune system, which is often compromised from stress and depression. Chiropractic adjustments can help prevent illness to those who may be at risk, especially people with high stress levels. Getting a cold or flu while already under stress at work can cause quite the conundrum, and may actually be a health risk. Knowing this, some companies are beginning to offer chiropractic service on site for employees in order to reduce stress and boost overall wellness.

If you suffer from chronic stress, be sure to keep your symptoms under a close watch. When things go from bad to worse, depression can set in. This may require an intervention from your general practitioner to ensure that your mental health is the best it can be.  Incorporating talk therapy into your wellness plan may help to relieve some of the more unpleasant effects of stress.

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