How Chiropractic Can Help Manage Stress
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How Chiropractic Can Help Manage Stress

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2020 has definitely been a year of added stress. It’s normal for us to deal with stress, but it’s something that you should give some attention too.

One of the best ways to manage stress is through chiropractic care.

Physical Effects of Stress

Stress can show up physically in many ways.

Sleep loss, headaches, stomach upset, chest pain, and muscle tension can all be brought on by stress. One organ that is particularly affected by stress is your heart. Your heart rate is one way to determine how much stress your body is under and how healthy your nervous system is, specifically your heart rate variability.

You’ve heard of the fight-or-flight response? Your heart rate variability is the balance of competing control by the two parts of the nervous system, sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest). Ideally, your heart will be responsive to both sets of controls, so it speeds up when taking a jog, and slows down when relaxing or sleeping, so a high heart rate variability is normally a good thing. If your heart rate variability is low, then you may be at risk for heart conditions and/or depression, which can be very serious.

Chiropractic treatments have been found to have a positive impact on heart rate variability and heart health. Chiropractic does much more than simply relieve back and neck pain. It has many benefits for your overall health and wellness, including how your body deals with stress.

Manage Stress with Chiropractic Care

One of the foundational beliefs of chiropractic care is the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help give your body the best opportunity possible to heal itself from the stress you experience.

As we mentioned earlier, stress often manifests itself through muscle tension. This can eventually lead to decreased function and health of the spine and central nervous system (CNS). When your CNS isn’t functioning at its best, then the rest of your body isn’t able to either. By treating muscle tension caused by stress, you can help improve the function and health of your entire body. Additionally, when you feel better physically, you will be better equipped to handle stress that will inevitably come your way.

Some level of stress is normal, but it isn’t something you have to manage on your own.


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