Stress and Chiropractic Care: What you need to know

Stress. It’s hard to avoid it, especially in today’s world. It can have a negative impact on our health and well-being. Stress can be a catalyst for many other issues including anxiety, depression, illness, immune system issues, allergies and sinus issues, digestive disorders, elevated blood pressure, and lack of sleep.

As stress attacks the body, your body screams for relief in the form of headaches, migraines, insomnia, muscle tension, and most commonly, back and neck aches. Over time, stress lowers the immune system, which makes the body more vulnerable to disease.

Chiropractic care is focused on returning the body back to balance by realigning and readjusting troublesome areas of the back and spine. If you find yourself with stressed-induced tension, headaches, or pain, it may be time for a visit with your chiropractic practitioner. Additionally, as a non-invasive treatment, it can help the body heal and strengthens itself. It can soothe the nervous systems and lessen the flight or fight response most people experience when stressed.

How exactly can Chiropractic help Stress?

Reducing muscle tension helps reduce stress.
As you encounter stress, you tense your muscles. Sometimes, people grip their muscles in an unnatural position. Therefore, someone experiencing chronic stress may unconsciously hold their neck to one side, or hold one hip higher than the other.

Spinal adjustments help restore function to the body.
Your spine is literally the backbone of your neurological system. Over time, stress lowers the immune system, which makes the body more vulnerable to disease. Chiropractic treatments help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of chronic stress. In addition, regular chiropractic adjustments can soothe the nervous system, and lessen the flight or fight response most people experience when stressed.

A complete mind-body approach.
Chiropractic care aims to find the balance between your mind and body. A chiropractor will look at all health areas including adjustments, therapies, exercise, diet, and supplements. When it comes to chiropractic care, a whole-body approach is taken. Even small changes, like adding omega-3 into your diet may have a positive impact on your stress and anxiety symptoms.

Trigger happy hormones.
Spinal health influences every region of your body. A chiropractic adjustment increases nerve flow to the limbic system in the brain. This system regulates emotions and is responsible for making you happy! A spinal adjustment can trigger Neurotensin (neutralizes stress-induced pain), Oxytocin (boosts neuro-communication and feelings of social bonding), and Cortisol (block pain deriving from inflammation).

For more tips on how Olivieri Chiropractic can relieve your stress and tension, contact us today.

Written by Regenerative Medicine of South Jersey