Fight stress with chiropractic
Could chiropractic help you fight stress and anxiety?
Could the chiropractor help you reduce your stress?
Sometimes we have the feeling that stress follows us wherever we go. It seems that it does not matter which path we take or the work we do or how old we are.
There are countless studies that demonstrate the adverse effects of excess stress on our health.
But do we really need articles to claim that too much stress is not good for our body and makes us feel horrible? It seems that if.
And it is only when we reach the limit and we can not do it anymore, that we start looking for solutions and there are still many people who still do not think about resorting to chiropractic care to overcome it.
But first, it is important to understand how the body reacts to stress. There are three basic “channels” through which we perceive stress: Environment, body and emotions.
- Environmental stress: Let’s say you are walking on a quiet road and hear a loud blast near you similar to an explosion. That is an environmental stress. Pollution would be another example. We have no control over this stress.
- Body stress: includes illness, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, lack of hydration.
- Emotional stress: it is slightly different, because it is based on how we interpret certain things.
The type of stress that we can handle the most is emotional stress, it is the only one over which we have control and it is also the one that affects us the most.
Did you know that even children suffer stress?
According to a large study by the American Psychological Association (APA), almost a third of the children surveyed indicated that they had experienced physical symptoms associated with stress in the month before the study, for example problems falling asleep, stomach aches and headaches. And even more amazing, the rate of youth suicides today is four times higher than in the 1950s.
In this modern society, we are overstressed. Over the years, many studies have been conducted to assess the impact of chronic stress on the body, and its consequences such as these common symptoms: feeling irritable, angry, overwhelmed, anxious, fatigued and depressed.
What happens to the body when we suffer stress? What areas are affected?
- The musculoskeletal system: muscles tense and contract, causing headaches, migraines and other conditions.
- The respiratory system: high stress can cause rapid breathing or hyperventilation and trigger panic attacks or anxiety.
- Cardiovascular system: acute stress can accelerate the heart rate and inflammation in the coronary arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke,
- And the nervous system: the body will act as if it is under threat. This reaction is an innate response that has been occurring for millions of years and has allowed the human being to survive. When the mind perceives a threat or the body experiences a shock, our body releases hormones that increase the ability to fight or flee.
Regardless of the cause, if a fight / flight response is initiated, not only does it affect an area of the body but it also triggers the nervous system that is the base or root of our entire body so that it ends up affecting our entire body . It would be like this:
The brain awakens the sympathetic nervous system and increases heart rate, blood volume and blood pressure. This diverts blood from the digestive system and limbs. The adrenal glands also emit a cocktail of chemicals, which include adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which over time can wreak havoc on a person’s health.
Persistent tension causes the muscles to contract and the spine to be locked in an “abnormal” position, which in turn interferes with the optimal functioning of the nervous system. As a result, it can affect the body’s immune response and delay general healing.
Does not that sound stressful? Imagine what we make happen to our body.
What does chiropractic do then?
By working on the spine, the base from which impulses of tension radiate throughout the body, the chiropractor can help patients cope better with stress.
The chiropractor will put the spine in its place, because if it is misaligned, the nervous system can not send messages correctly through the body. A better vertebral alignment will mean better communication and greater efficiency of the system. Chiropractic adjustments will release muscle tension, soothe irritated nerves and thus improve blood circulation. Changes that will often be interpreted by the brain to deactivate the fight or flight response and the body can return to a more relaxed state.
We see, then, that stress is a catalyst that leads to many other problems. You may feel that there is little to do to relieve your stress. But you see that it is not like that. There are always more solutions than we see. And we also have to take into account, when stress has attacked the body inside, we still block more and find it difficult to find the best solutions or achieve things that in a normal situation we would do.
With stress the mind begins to wander and to experience a lack of concentration. And sometimes even motivation, which makes us feel blocked.
This is the body’s way of asking for mental relief, less bodily stress. He asks for it in the form of a headache, migraines, muscle tension, back pain, irritability …
Now imagine a big hose with the tap open and the water running so normal, suddenly someone steps on it. The hose is going to try to move, the water is going to try to get out of other places, and all it needs is to “relieve” that “thing” that is interfering with the function for which it has been designed, which is to carry the water normally. an extreme. The same thing happens with the nervous system, it is designed to carry information from the brain to any system, or organ of the body, if we have it properly aligned the “irrigation” will run perfectly and we will not feel lack of concentration.
You just have to take control of the stressful situation and seek help. For example, starting with chiropractic and then if you need more guidance, you can make a better decision about what is your best option; What if coaching, friends, partner, psychologist, etc …
Nutrition, hydration, rest and being positive are things that help maintain a lower level of stress.
How or why can a chiropractor reduce stress?
If your spine is well aligned, the nervous system can perform its work optimally, which includes managing stress and boosting the immune system. You see, often a subluxation (a misalignment of the spine) can interfere with the way the nervous system communicates with another part of your body. This can make you without knowing exactly why, you feel more stressed as we said before, or overwhelmed or anxious. But we only associate that we are wrong when we have a physical symptom as external pain.
Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the immune system and promote better postural and sleep habits, facts that help eliminate your stress.
So, do you come to the Quiropràctic L’Olivera center to improve your stress levels?
We have schedules to all types, do not stress!
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