Chiropractically Speaking About Stress

Stress has been with us since the beginning of time. Today, the stress of careers, deadlines, conflicts, and the demands on our time and money, take a huge toll on our health. Just as a chain tends to break at its weakest link, we seem to exhibit stress and strain in the weakest areas of our bodies. For some, it’s an upset stomach. For others, recurring headaches, back pain or muscle stiffness, allergic reactions, or sensitivities to chemicals.

Regardless of your particular response, the function of your nervous system is involved. That’s why chiropractic care can be so helpful. The chiropractic approach to stress is to help normalize the function of your nervous system by removing interferences caused by the “weak links� in your spine (the major communication pathway of your nervous system) and helping restore better function. This can make a profound difference in your response to stress. It may not be possible to remove the stress from a busy life. However, with the help of your chiropractic doctor, you can respond better to the unique challenges you face.

Eight Ways to Chase Away Stress

1. To help relax, take deep breaths or meditate. Relaxation lowers blood pressure, respiration, releases muscle tension, and eases emotional strains.

2.Keeping a sense of humor during difficult situations is an effective mechanism for stress management. Laughing releases the tension of pent-up feelings and helps to keep things in perspective.

3.Try to find exciting, challenging and satisfying forms of exercise that are convenient, such as brisk walking and swimming.

4.Leave work on time and try not to bring work home. Keeping a separation between your professional and private life is essential to managing stress.

5.Lower demands you put on yourself. Make realistic goals so you have the opportunity to succeed.

6.Ask questions and communicate with coworkers and loved ones about what is expected of you thereby avoiding stress from confusion or a feeling of not knowing what is expected.

7.Take care of taxing tasks in the morning to get them out of the way.

8.Look at large projects as a series of steps to complete one by one. Organization is the key to successful project completion.

Are you stressed out?
Do you often:
Feel pressured or overwhelmed?
Have problems getting along with others?
Experience changes in behavior such as temper outbursts, unexplained anger, or crying for no reason?
Have erratic sleep patterns i.e. too much or too little sleep?
Have difficulty communicating with others?
Feel impatient?
If you answered “yes� to any of these questions, review these ways of managing stress and visit your chiropractor for an adjustment!

Source: Wood Family Chiropractic