Chronic stress is, in many ways, an unfortunate side effect of our busy modern lives. In fact, up to 3/4 of people deal with stress that interferes with their physical or mental health at some point in their lives. This stress can be from work, financial worries, relationship troubles, chronic pain, and many more life situations. If you are dealing with chronic stress and the impact it has on your life, then a chiropractor can help you to manage your stress and improve your well-being.
How do I know if I’m stressed?
Your body’s stress response comes from the way that we dealt with stress in our evolutionary past. And that stress was more often than not something that had the potential to kill us or do us harm. Energy is directed towards parts of the body that are useful in that moment, such as the muscles and the eyes, and away from processes that can afford to wait, such as the digestive system.
With chronic stress, this stress response is being triggered regularly and that can leave us with the physical symptoms of a prolonged stress response which can interfere with our daily lives and even cause serious health problems. These symptoms of stress include:
- problems with sleeping
- loss of appetite/digestive problems
- difficulty concentrating
- anxiety, worrying, and racing thoughts
- muscle tension and muscle pain
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, then it might be time for you to see a chiropractor to help manage your stress.
How a chiropractor can help with stress
It can be surprising just how many ways that a chiropractor can help you to manage stress and lower its effect on your mental and physical health. Let’s take a look at just a few.
Reduce muscle tension
When we are stressed, our muscles tense up ready to take action. Over time, this can result in muscle tension and pain. A chiropractor can use a range of techniques, such as soft tissue massage, exercises, and stretching, that can reduce your muscle tension and free you up.
Treating chronic pain
Anyone living with a chronic pain condition knows how stressful it can be. By dealing with the root cause of your stress and treating your chronic pain condition, a chiropractor will be able to have a big impact on your stress levels.
Sleep advice and relaxation techniques
When we’re stressed, we can’t sleep and when we don’t get enough sleep it makes us feel stressed. A chiropractor can help to break this cycle by giving you tailored sleep advice and relaxation techniques. A chiropractic adjustment and other hands-on techniques can also help you to feel relaxed enough to get a good night’s rest.
Restoring function to your body
If your spine is misaligned, this can interfere with how your body as a whole functions. And when your body isn’t functioning as it should, this can contribute to your stress levels. A chiropractor will be able to make spinal adjustments that can bring your body back into balance.
Exercise and nutrition advice
When we take care of our bodies, we feel less stressed. A chiropractor will be able to give you tailored exercise and nutrition advice that can help you to feel healthier inside and out.
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on anyone’s life. If you are dealing with chronic stress and want to find a way to break free, a visit to a chiropractor could be the start of your journey to feeling healthier and happier.