Most of us know that stress can cause us to feel anxious or grumpy, and that stress is something that should be avoided or remedied when possible. But stress can actually impact your health in ways that surprise you, contributing to a range of symptoms and behaviors such as…
- Chest pain
- Muscle tension or pain
- Upset stomach
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty focusing
- Irritability or anger
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Overeating or undereating
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Tobacco use
- Abstaining from exercise
- Social problems
- Other harmful coping behaviors, such as compulsive shopping or gambling
And, in addition to the above problems, we know that stress can impact your immune system negatively. Over time, those who experience high levels of stress often notice that they get sick more frequently and experience difficulty combating common viruses. In the very long term, excess stress can take its toll on cardiovascular health and other major organ systems.
While there are a number of ways to combat stress, supporting your nervous system is vitally important to helping your body heal. Chiropractic adjustments or deep tissue massage can help to relax tense muscles, restore function and flexibility, and reduce pain and discomfort. But more importantly, restoring your nervous system to proper functioning helps the rest of your body to heal.
And of course, we know that when pain is reduced, anxiety often begins to decline as well. Symptoms that previously prevented you from adequately dealing with stress should begin to disappear, and you can start feeling more energetic and optimistic. Then, you take steps to prevent the stress from overwhelming you again; start exercising regularly, take up yoga, catch up on pressing responsibilities, or take time to meditate each day.
If you’re suffering from excess stress, and especially if it’s affecting your health, call us right away to schedule an appointment. We will show you how simple chiropractic adjustments can help you start to feel like your old self again.