Chiropractic Care: Nature’s Stress Reliever


It’s no surprise to anyone that the world is becoming more complex and stressful. Increased worries about our jobs and the world that we live in takes its toll on us both emotionally and physically.

Modern healthcare is becoming increasingly aware of how stress affects the body. Headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure and irritability are just a few of the symptoms the body demonstrates when confronted with chronic stresses. Chiropractic treatment can help reduce stress, and therefore ease the symptoms related to stress.

How Our Bodies React to Stress

Our bodies react to stress by fighting or fleeing. This crude, yet effective method is how our ancestors coped with dangers in their environment. Today’s stresses are more subtle than the ones our ancient forefathers had to deal with. Environmental stresses like time pressures and work deadlines may be stressful, but lashing out or running away aren’t viable options to these presumed dangers. Instead, many of us spend our days stressed out and unsure as to how we can feel better.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

The science of chiropractic focuses primarily on the spine, which is the very root of the nervous system. The spine is crucial for sending nerve impulses from the brain out to the rest of the body. Because one of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged tension and contraction in the muscles, long-term stress can lead to misalignments in the spinal column, which can impair the effectiveness of the nervous system.

Additionally, chronic stress can also lead to nerve irritation. A chiropractic adjustment can release tension in the muscles which helps the body return to a relaxed state while improving blood circulation. In many cases, this is enough to overcome the body’s fight or flight response, which begins the healing process. It’s very difficult to manage stress without a healthy, balanced spine.

Other Therapies for Stress

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While chiropractic care is an excellent way to cope with stress and tension all on its own, your chiropractic team can offer additional ways to deal with the pressures of everyday life. In addition to teaching you some relaxation techniques, your chiropractor may suggest nutritional supplements (particularly B vitamins) and environmental changes. He or she may also recommend stretching exercises like yoga to release tension from the body. Proper posture and office ergonomics may also be discussed if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer.

Your chiropractor can’t make your home or work life less stressful, but he or she can teach you how to respond to it in a healthy way, reducing your risk of physical damage. The body is uniquely capable of healing itself; chiropractic care just helps it do so naturally.


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