Stress is unhealthy – everyone knows it, yet most people experience it. It cannot always be avoided but chronic stress can have physiological effect on the mind and body. Back pain, headaches, migraines, neck stiffness, muscle tightness, fatigue – these are just some of the side effects and strains that stress can have on the body. Growing from these effects are a weakened immune system and vulnerability to disease and illnesses.
Chronic Stress Effects
Stress is the body’s fight or flight response when faced with certain stimuli; the heartbeats faster, sweat is produced, and muscles tighten. When the body continuously strains the muscles, they form adhesions, or “knots”. In addition, the repetitive tightening of muscles along the spine can cause a misalignment where the vertebrae become shifted from its true position in the spine. This shift, even in the slightest, can cause pain, discomfort, stiffness, and a host of other larger issues.
Chiropractic Relief Of Stress
Manual spinal manipulations by a chiropractor corrects the misalignments by putting calculated pressure on targeted areas of the spine in order to shift the vertebrae back into its proper position along the spine. Without the misalignments, many of the effects are reduced or eliminated.
Chiropractors can also perform additional treatments as supplemental or alternate forms of treatment for stress relief. Manual therapy is a highly effect method of stress relief that is commonly practice by physicians, massage therapists, and physical therapists. It entails the use of hand movements and pressure along the muscles in order to relieve built up tension.
Exercises and stretches are also utilized in a chiropractor’s office. These exercises and stretches include specialized movements to target specific muscle groups and maximize stress relief.