Stress has been and continues to be a major issue within the United States because of the detrimental effects it can have on our health and well-being. Several different sources of stress exist, but one of the most common stressors come from our work life, the economy, and all the responsibilities we face with our families.
However, chiropractic care is a viable solution to helping you deal with these everyday stressors and help combat the symptoms that often occur.
Children and Stress
Approximately one-third of children suffer physical symptoms of stress. This has been reported by the American Psychological Association (APA). The physical symptoms that often manifest in children include headaches, stomachaches, and trouble sleeping.
How Does Stress Affect Our Health?
When a person feels stressed, they often feel irritable, angry, sometimes overwhelmed, and even depressed. Stress causes symptoms for different parts of the body, including some of our major systems as described below:
The Musculoskeletal System. When this part of the body is affected, you will find that your muscles will begin to tighten up, and you may develop headaches or migraines as a result.
The Respiratory System. When we are experiencing high levels of stress, it can cause our breath to quicken, which can lead to hyperventilation and panic attacks.
The Cardiovascular System. Our heart rates will often increase with stress, and we may also experience inflammation in our coronary arteries, which can increase our overall risk of stroke.
The Endocrine System. When we become stressed, our adrenal glands begin to produce cortisol, which can increase our chances of having heart disease or a stroke.
The Nervous System. The body reacts defensively when attacked by stress. If the body feels as if it is being attacked, it will release hormones to boost our fight or flight response.
These are all natural responses to higher stress levels.
Using Chiropractic Care for Stress
The brain and spinal cord are essential components of our nervous system and receiving the proper chiropractic care ensures a much healthier nervous system. Regular chiropractic care can also help to reduce muscle tension, restore proper functions to the body, and help relax you. Having adjustments done by the chiropractor helps relieve the symptoms of chronic stress and can lessen our flight or fight responses.
When you become stressed and your muscles tense up, and this is a regular occurrence, you will find that it begins to take a toll on your body. It can cause uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, which can cause you to lose sleep and can diminish your ability to concentrate and focus.
Chiropractic care can help loosen all the tension commonly caused by stress and you will find that you have much more energy than before, and you will feel less stressed overall.
In addition to chiropractic care, you should also follow good nutrition, which is the foundation of maintaining optimal levels of health. You can also practice relaxation techniques to help your body fall into a better state of relaxation so you can sleep better and feel better.