Stress can come in many ways, health troubles, money troubles, and pressure from work, relationships, and many other factors, including holidays. Stress can happen internally, as well, because of sleep deprivation and poor nutrition. Stress, no matter the type, causes damage and interferes with our professional and personal lives. The impact it has on our bodies can cause long-term problems. It can also play a role in many diseases.
How Does Stress Affect the Body?
No matter the cause, stress causes a fight-or-flight response that affects nearly every part of the body. The brain rouses the sympathetic nervous system, which causes blood volume, blood pressure, and the heart rate to increase. Blood is then diverted away from the digestive system and from limbs. Adrenal glands issue a cocktail of chemicals, including epinephrine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline, and over time this can wreak havoc on our health.
When we have persistent tension, it causes muscles to contract and the spine becomes locked in an abnormal position, which interferes with the nervous system functioning properly. This can then impair the body’s immune response, which means slower healing. When a person is under prolonged stress, they may have additional problems from poor habits. Smoking, weight gain, poor sleep habits, and lack of exercise can lead to diseases.
How Chiropractic Care Helps Stress
With regular chiropractic visits, stored tension in the body can be released, which helps to relieve stress symptoms and reduce the damage it causes. Chiropractors help patients cope better with stress by working with the spine. Adjustments improve blood circulation, release muscle tension, and sooth irritated spinal nerves, helping your body return to a relaxed state.
You can also get recommendations for rehabilitative exercises, relaxation techniques, postural changes, and more to help and manage your stress levels. While you can’t completely get rid of stress, regular chiropractic care can help negate some of its effects and helps to prevent long-term damage.
If you’re interested in helping your stress levels, call Cross Valley Chiropractic at (570) 822-4848 today.