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how chiropractic can help relieve stress

How Chiropractic Can Relieve Stress & Tension

Chronic stress can cause a multitude of problems for your body. Back pain, muscle tightness, tension headaches, fatigue, and neck pain are symptoms people experience when under pressure. Over time, stress lowers the immune system, …

Chronic stress can cause a multitude of problems for your body. Back pain, muscle tightness, tension headaches, fatigue, and neck pain are symptoms people experience when under pressure. Over time, stress lowers the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to disease. Chiropractic adjustments help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of chronic stress. In addition, regular chiropractic treatments can soothe the nervous system and lessen the flight or fight response most people experience when stressed out.

The spinal column serves as a switchboard for the nervous system. Messages from the brain make their way down the spinal cord. From there, the messages are sent to various parts of the body. Due to this critical role, chiropractic work on and around the spinal column can help alleviate the common ailments associated with stress.

When someone is under chronic stress, muscles tense and contract. Sometimes, people grip their muscles in an unnatural position. For example, someone experiencing chronic stress may unconsciously hold their neck to one side or hold one hip higher than the other. This action creates pressure, which weighs on the bones. Eventually, the bones will cave under this unnatural pressure and become misaligned. When under stress, people often move their bodies in improper ways. These movements compound the problem.

In addition, chronic stress can also cause nerves to become dysfunctional. The result is shooting pains or numbness in various areas of the body.

Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve stress in several ways. The act of adjusting the spine can release the tension held in muscles, which relaxes the body and increases the circulation of the blood. This action can help soothe the flight or fight response of the body.

Adjustments to the neck and spine move the bones back into proper order. Proper alignment is important in removing the pressure placed on muscles and bones and eradicating nerve pain. For many patients, the relief of pain can immediately reduce emotional stress. Proper alignment can provide relief from tension headaches and other physical pains.

PMR oftentimes incorporates massage into patient visits. Massage relieves tension held in muscles, which helps to return the body into a natural state of alignment.

Proper nutrition is important in managing tension. PMR counsels patients on nutritional deficiencies. For example, vitamin B has been shown to soothe the body’s flight or fight response. A chiropractor may recommend that patients take vitamin B or other supplements to create a more relaxed state in the body.
Improper movements can quickly throw the body back into a place of misalignment. Chiropractors often advise patients on how to move properly to keep the spine aligned. They can also counsel patients on ways to sit and stretch to reduce joint pain.

Relaxation techniques are also powerful in soothing the flight or fight response. These techniques activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system calms the body and mind. Chiropractors can counsel patients on various relaxation techniques, like meditation and deep breathing. Employing these techniques will go a long way in reducing stress over time.

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