That thing we all love to hate…Stress.
What is stress?
Stress is primarily the body’s physical response to external pressures resulting in the release of a complex mix of chemicals and hormones i.e. cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Most people know this phenomenon as the “fight or flight” response. Stress is not always a bad thing, however, if neglected; it can lead to long-term systemic damage.
There are various types of stress including, acute, episodic acute, and chronic. Acute stress is temporary stress that lasts for a short period of time, it also the most common type amongst people. This type of stress is usually experienced on a day-to-day basis, for example, when you almost get into a car accident, or when you’re running late for work because of bad traffic. The increase of energy you feel heightens your senses and makes you more capable of dealing with critical situations.
Another type of stress is Episodic acute stress. When you’re experiencing episodic stress, it is usually due to an exaggerated reaction to something miniscule. People who suffer from anxiety, have a short-temper, or tend to have a negative perspective on life are most likely to have episodic acute stress because they have a hard time coping with a stressful life.
Lastly, there is the worst type of stress, chronic; chronic stress is rarely resolved and has long-term effects on one’s health. Studies have linked it cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, shorter life-span, sleep deprivation, and depression amongst other issues. Not only does chronic stress rob you of life’s blessings but it also has a physiological effect on the brain’s neurohormones causing them to become imbalanced and dysfunctional.
Stress can also manifest into physical pain. People who suffer from this type of stress often develop chronic pain built up mostly in their shoulders, neck, muscles, joints and lower back. For example, stress-related teeth grinding causes headaches, migraines and neck discomfort due to increased strain on the accompanying muscles. The good news is, stress can be manageable and at times, curable.
Chiropractic care has been linked to a decrease in chronic stress and chronic pain. Treatment consists of alleviating physical symptoms and increasing body circulation to dilute the harmful stress-causing chemicals in the body. Chiropractors have many therapeutic benefits and helpful techniques including, stretching, massage therapy, soft-tissue work (ART/IASTM), dry cupping therapy, and kinesiology taping. Chiropractic care heavily focuses on reducing muscle tension, relaxation, and spinal manipulation to help restore the body to function at its full capacity. With these techniques, you can lead a healthy, happy, and stress-free life.
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