DEEP BREATH: How Chiropractic Relieves Stress

westminster-colorado-chiropracticstress-infographicEveryone experiences stress at some point in their life. In fact, it is becoming a sort of new normal in today’s hectic, fast paced, high pressure society.

And stress symptoms should not be taken lightly. It is important to address the symptoms and find ways to reduce the stress. Chiropractic is an effective stress reliever.

What is stress?

In literal terms, stress is the state of emotional or mental strain, pressure, or tension that result from difficulties, adverse situations, or extremely demanding circumstances. However, the very nature of stress is very subjective. What is an adverse situation to one person may not even phase another. What one person finds to be an extremely demanding circumstance would barely warrant a second thought to another. More often, the term is used to describe the set of symptoms that are caused by stress and those symptoms can be as varied as the people who experience them.

Symptoms of Stress

Stress symptoms can affect the entire body, both physically and mentally. They include:

  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tension
  • Lower back pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Decrease or increase in sex drive
  • Inability to focus
  • Undereating or overeating

Stress Symptoms and Your Health

Technically speaking, stress itself does not have a negative impact on health. Different people experience different symptoms, and it is a combination of the stress symptoms and how the person handles those symptoms that adversely affect health.

Ultimately, stress symptoms can lead to some very serious conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even certain cancers. Psychologically, it can lead to social withdrawal and social phobias. It is also often directly linked to alcohol and drug abuse.

How We Can Help

Chiropractic cannot get rid of stress, but it can help relieve stress symptoms. The more stress the body endures, the more sensitive it becomes to pain and physical imbalances. Chiropractic can help with bringing the body back into balance, aligning the spine, and relieving pain.

On a larger scale, the simple act of aligning the spine helps to relieve stress in the body that the person may not even be aware of experiencing. The physical stress of a misaligned spine can exacerbate stress symptoms and make a person more susceptible to stressful stimuli in their environment.

Chiropractic helps to improve circulation which is essential in relieving muscle tension. This is integral in achieving and maintaining a relaxed, balanced state. It shuts down the fight or flight response that is a common accompaniment to stress, and allows the body to rest and heal.

Stress symptoms are should not be ignored. They can lead to several very serious health conditions. If you are experiencing stress in your life or stress symptoms (you don’t have to recognize that you are under stress to experience its symptoms) pay attention. Take a moment to assess your wellness, and seek help when needed.

About Discover Health & Wellness – Westminster

Dr. Cameron Hall of Discover Health & Wellness Denver is located just off Wadsworth Blvd and West 92nd Avenue and serves the Westminster & Arvada communities.  Discover Health & Wellness offers patients a natural and holistic approach to health care and musculoskeletal complaints.  Services at Discover Health & Wellness include Chiropractic care, biomechanical and gait analysis, custom orthotics, sports rehab, Spinal Corrective Care, neuromuscular reeducation programs, and full spine alignments. We look at the whole body from the ground up. You can’t just focus on symptoms. The body is one functioning unit and each muscle can affect the next. That’s why at DHW we look at the system as a whole. Your low back pain may not actually be being caused by the low back, and most times it isn’t! That is why it’s best to have these issues looked at by our professionals that focus on these types of complaints.

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Discover Health & Wellness, Westminster

7535 W 92nd Ave, #600

Westminster, CO 80021

(303) 425-9557