What is stress?
In engineering term used to describe physical forces on mechanical objects, stress in the body is described as a physical and emotional reaction to the world around us. Stressors can be obvious – like a loud jackhammer or a physically demanding job – or more subtle – like anxiety formed from years of worrying about a sick parent.
Our bodies learn to cope with stress in different ways over time, and these coping mechanisms can create new, and sometimes worse, stresses. Chiropractic care can help interrupt this cycle and restore your mind, body and spirit to a more balanced place.
Patients subjected to chronic stress – continued stress over a long period of time – were found to have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, infertility, damage to immune response, damage to muscle tissues, and slower healing from injury. Stress has also been directly linked in both humans and animals to cardiovascular disease.
There are three different forms of stress:
- Chemical stress [nutrition, hydration, preservatives, pesticides, air quality, water quality]
- Physical stress
- Micro stress [repetitive stress disorder, the way you sit, sleep, stand, posture]
- Macro stress [car accidents, falls, sports injuries]
- Emotional stress [deadlines at work, school, family, financial worries, anxiety]
- Fatiue or inability to sleep
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Headaches or migraines
- Aches and pains throughout the body
- Inability to relax
How chiropractic care can help patients with Anxiety, Stressed & mental health disorders.
- Aims for a mind-body approach
In General, chiropractic care aims to find the right balance between your mind and body. A chiropractor will do this by looking at all health areas, including adjustments, therapies, exercise, diet and supplements. When it comes to chiropractic care, no stone goes unturned. Even small changes, such as incorporating omega-3 into your diet, may have a positive impact on anxiety symptoms.
- Lowers your blood pressure
Several studies support the idea that chiropractic care and massage therapy can reduce blood pressure and stress symptoms. High blood pressure is a common symptom of anxiety and/or stress. Researchers found that blood pressure was reduced after both chiropractic sessions and massage therapy. One study even saw results after only 15 minutes of workplace massage therapy. This shows that chiropractic care can reduce anxiety and stress symptoms, and help patients with mental health issues feel more stable.
- Promotes an all-natural solution without side effects
One of the best benefits of chiropractic care is that it’s all-natural. Patients taking anxiety and depression medication often complain of the side effects, which include insomnia, nausea, weight gain and fatigue. Chiropractic care works to reduce anxiety symptoms, so you can potentially avoid taking medication and dealing with its side effects. (Don’t change or stop medication without the approval of your doctor.)
- Adjusts your spine to trigger positive hormones
Spinal health influences almost every region of your body. Studies show that after getting a chiropractic adjustment, your body triggers an increase in hormones such as neurotensin, oxytocin, and cortisol. These hormones are involved in positive nervous system functioning, such as:
- Neurotensin: neutralizes stress-induced pain
- Oxytocin: boosts neuro-communication and feelings of social bonding
- Cortisol: blocks pain deriving from inflammation
As you can imagine, spinal adjustment can have a positive impact by triggering these hormones throughout your body.
- Helps you get to sleep
Insomnia is also a symptom of anxiety and/or depression. With chiropractic care, you may find getting to sleep a little easier. Studies reports that some chiropractic manipulation may improve patient sleep patterns. Massage therapy also has seen good results. In addition, breast cancer patients found significant relief from insomnia after massage therapy. If you’re struggling with fatigue and insomnia, chiropractic care and/or massage therapy may help.
- Relieves tension, stiffness and headaches
Patients with anxiety and/or depression also suffer from muscular tension. Chiropractic care can aid in reducing tension and stiffness. In addition, it can help relieve pain related to tension headaches, as many patients who live with mental health disorders also suffer from migraines. This kind of relief can have a big impact on those with anxiety and/or depression by removing these painful symptoms. Generally speaking, chiropractic care and massage therapy can also help reduce pain in patients with mental health diagnoses.
- Encourages relaxation
Last but not least, chiropractic care helps relax patients. The atmosphere of a chiropractic session can make the patient feel less stressed and his/her muscles more relaxed. Studies that measure electrical activity in muscles found that after a chiropractic adjustment, muscle activity was reduced by 25%. This is great evidence of relaxation during a chiropractic session. This kind of relaxation can really help patients suffering from stress and tension as a result of anxiety and/or depression.
Overall, chiropractic care can have a positive impact on patients’ mental health. Besides proven research, there have been many anecdotal case studies about the role of chiropractic care on anxiety and depression. These preliminary reports suggest there are even more benefits of chiropractic care on mental health symptoms.
As traditional health care costs continue to soar, more patients are looking to alternatives that are affordable and effective. Contact a chiropractor near you to discuss a potential treatment plan for symptoms. He/she will be able to customize a plan depending on your situation and try to give you the relief you deserve.
Chiropractic care for stress
The most prominent symptom of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. Chiropractors can directly address this issue, as they work primarily with the spine, which is the root of the nervous system and the path through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body controlling all of your bodies functions. Chiropractic care can relieve the uneven pressures that result from prolonged muscle tension and contraction (stress), re-align your spine, and help relax your entire body, promoting better health.
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