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Stress Relaxation

Introduction

The spine serves as the switchboard for relaying messages to and from parts throughout the body. The brain uses the spinal cord to send and the system of nerves to communicate with each organ and muscle tissue in your body, making it one of the most essential parts of your body. Stress can be caused by a number of external factors which could be physical, environmental or even emotional, so the symptoms are diverse.

Symptoms

Stress affects multiple organs and can even weaken the immune system. Depending on the nature and severity of the root causes, the symptoms can be categorized as:

Mild symptoms-

  • Headaches
  • Increased susceptibility to infections and recurring fevers
  • Aches and pains – especially in your back
  • Problems in your digestive track
  • Fatigue and loss of energy

More Severe Symptoms-

  • Depression and moodiness
  • Anxiety disorders or obsessive compulsiveness
  • Heart diseases
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obesity and weight changes
  • Ulcers
  • Insomnia

Diagnosis & Tests

Chiropractors primarily work with the root of nervous disorders, the spinal cord.  For diagnosing stress-related disorders, they check for vertebral subluxations, which are a form of severe nerve and spine stress. These stresses can occur at any stage in life, from infancy to adulthood. Chiropractic diagnosis tests the functioning of your vertebral and nervous systems to judge the severity and extent of the damage caused by stress, so it can be treated accordingly. Another critical part of the diagnosis is finding the root cause of the stress, so that you can work on ways of reducing the stress you face in your life.

Treatment

Prolonged muscle tension and contraction is one of the main symptoms of chronic stress, which can create uneven pressure on your bones, lead to nerve irritation and even spinal misalignment or subluxations. Since chiropractic adjustment focuses on returning the body to a more balanced and natural state, it is one of the most effective ways of dealing with stress, as well as the associated symptoms like nerve irritation and soreness in joints.

Considering the range of factors that can cause stress, there are different methods of chiropractic care that can alleviate you of all your symptoms. These methods may be combined with nutritional supplements and other therapies, including:

Deep Tissue Massage

Chiropractic deep tissue massage is used to help the body achieve a state of rest and balance, so it can relax and heal naturally. It also releases endorphins, which help your body to cope with pain and lead to a feeling of well-being. This in turn leads to lower stress, anxiety and depression, as well as better digestion, blood circulation and healing, so you can lead a healthier, happier and stress-free life.

Soothing Sounds

Listening to soothing music and other sounds can help you relax, leading to reduced stress and greater relaxation. All you need is a CD with nature sounds, meditation or soothing music that creates a peaceful and calm atmosphere, allowing your mind to let go of stress-inducing thoughts and your body to unwind. You can use this method in almost any quiet location, whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Regular Exercise

Guided by your chiropractor, you can perform exercises that serve a dual purpose – relieving stress and building your body’s strength. Exercise releases endorphins that allow you to cope with pain and improve healing, as well as promote a feeling of well-being. It’s also a great way to release energy and tension, which leads to better mental and physical health. Chiropractic adjustments are often teamed with physiotherapy for this reason, allowing patients to heal on multiple levels.

Relaxed Breathing

You can practice this simple technique twice every day, as well as those times when you feel increasingly tense:

  • Inhale through your nose and relax your shoulders. Breathe slowly and deeply while counting to six (use the Mississippi counting method). As you are doing that, try to push your stomach outward. Let the air completely fill your diaphragm.
  • Hold your breath while slowly counting to four.
  • Exhale your deep-breath through your mouth (again, counting to six).
  • Repeat this deep-breathing over three to five (or more) times till you feel calm.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Upper Part of the Face

  • Lift your eyebrows so they are towards the ceiling.
  • Feel for the tension festering in your scalp and forehead.
  • Try to spread it by stretching the edges outward so you relax.
  • Repeat it a few times.

Central Part of the Face

  • Close your eyes tightly.
  • Scrunch up your nose and mouth.
  • Feel the tension pressing on your face.
  • Relax your face and repeat this a few times.

Lower Part of the Face

  • Clench your teeth.
  • Pull back the edges of your mouth towards your ears.
  • Bare your teeth as if you’re snarling.
  • Relax your face and repeat this a few times.

Neck

  • Bend your neck downward till your chin gently touches your chest.
  • Feel your upper back stretching and the tightness spreading to your head.
  • Relax your neck and repeat this a few times.

Shoulders

  • Pull your shoulders upwards towards your ears.
  • Feel the tension of your shoulder muscles, head, upper back and neck.
  • Relax your neck and repeat this a few times.

Upper Arms

  • Pull your arms towards your back.
  • Press your elbows in so they meet just above your hips.
  • Try not to let you lower arms become tensed.
  • Feel the stretching sensations in your arms and shoulders which will spread into your back.
  • Relax your shoulders and repeat this a few times.

Hands and Lower Arms

  • Ball your fists tightly and pull them up towards your wrist.
  • Feel the pull in the muscles in your hands, upper palms, knuckles and lower forearms.
  • Relax your shoulders and repeat this a few times.

Chest, Shoulders or Upper Back

  • Pull your shoulder blades back as if you are trying to get them to touch.
  • Relax them and repeat this a few times.

Stomach

  • Pull your stomach inward towards your spine.
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles.
  • Relax your mid-section and repeat this a few times.

Upper Legs

  • Press your knees together till they push against each other.
  • Lift your legs upwards.
  • Try to feel the muscles in your thighs tensing.
  • Relax your legs and repeat this a few times.

Lower Legs

  • Raise your feet to point towards the ceiling while flexing your legs towards your body.
  • Feel for the stress in your calf muscles.
  • Relax your legs and repeat this a few times.

Feet

  • Turn your feet so your toes point towards your mid-section.
  • Curl your toes upwards and away from your body.
  • Relax your feet and toes and repeat this a few times.

At Pro Chiropractic Clinics, we use non-invasive correction to relieve any spinal or nervous system related stress that may be impeding your everyday life. This is primarily achieved by performing simple, yet highly effective chiropractic methods.

If your daily routine exposes you to external factors that cause these symptoms, or any other that may be reducing your ability, you may want to try a drug-free, non-invasive treatment.

Chiropractic can work in conjunction with just about any other form of medical treatment, so call us to schedule an appointment today!