Advances in technology are meant to make our lives easier and more productive. However, as people become more adapt to living a multi-faceted life, stress seems to be an ever-present concern. Consequently, billions of people around the world suffer from the negative impact of stress on their health.
Stress can be:
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Stress, whether perceived or physical, triggers a flight or fight response in your body. This response affects almost all parts of the body (systemic reaction).
As a result, the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated in times of stress which triggers various physical reactions such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, focused vision and more acute hearing. All these responses are useful for self-preservation when faced with a threat. However, prolonged responses (caused by chronic stress) can lead to serious health problems including:
- Damaged muscle tissue
- High blood pressure
- Slow healing of injured tissues
- Bowel problems
Healthy and Balanced Spine – Key to Stress Management
The spine is the core of the nervous system. In turn, the nervous system controls and coordinates all body processes. It is responsible for the proper functioning of all systems within the body. The nervous system is also responsible for your body’s response to stress. Therefore, in order for your body to function properly, your nervous system must function properly. A balanced nervous system is the most direct way to correct an illness.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Stress Relaxation
Chiropractors are not psychologists whose job is to help make your life less stressful. Rather, they work with the spine primarily to help ensure that your body develops a much healthier response to the stresses you’re exposed to in life.
One of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged muscle contraction and tension. This creates pressure on the bones including those that make up the spine. This pressure can result in subluxations (spinal column misalignment). Consequently, the vertebrae (the bones that make up the spinal column) presses on the nerves causing what is called nerve irritation.
Ultimately, chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the tension in the muscles, especially those around the spinal column. This brings your body back to a more relaxed and balanced state, relieving nerve irritation and improving blood circulation. The changes resulting from the adjustment trigger the brain to turn off the flight or fight response, thus beginning the healing process.
What to Expect?
Overall, a chiropractic session is quite simple. The session often begins with your chiropractor asking a series of questions to determine the particular issues your dealing with. Next, you will be examined to determine what is contributing to the discomfort and what can be done to alleviate it.
Thirdly, you’ll be required to lie on a table and instructed on the position to take by the chiropractor. Afterwards, the chiropractor applies pressure to manipulate the spinal column. You may be given a set of exercises to perform on your own to maintain the health of your spine. You may also be provided with a treatment plan to ensure lifestyle changes that provide lifetime healing.
Benefits of chiropractic adjustments
It is important to remember that chiropractic adjustments will not take the cause of stress away. However, they will help to alleviate the effects of chronic stress on your body. Chiropractic care is based on the notion that the body is self-healing when given the opportunity.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help to:
- Reduce stress
- Relieve pain
- Improve bowel function
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve posture
- Encourage healing throughout the body