Fight or Flight: Handling Stress Management

Lets face it, life can be stressful. Whether we feel pressure from our families, at work, or at home, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Unfortunately, those who are subjugated to prolonged stress and stressful situations not only feel the side effects psychologically, but also physically. In fact, stress directly relates to your physical state and overall well-being. 

While it’s commonly known that stress can cause high blood pressure and other disorders such as diabetes and infertility, did you know stress also causes harm to your nervous system and your spine? I’ll explain.  

What happens when we “stress out?”

When we undergo high amounts of stress or stressful situations, our bodies trigger a response called ‘the fight or flight’ response. In the fight or flight response, our blood pressure increases, our vision and hearing become more acute, and our blood volume rise. In short, our entire being reacts.

So what?

In serious situations, these responses would be beneficial, but in everyday life, being in a constant state of “fight or flight” is physically and mentally exhausting. The added pressure to our body’s nervous system creates the diseases and disorders that are a result of stress.

In addition to increased heart rate, blood volume and blood pressure, our bodies also experience prolonged muscle tension and contraction, and nerve irritation. Unfortunately prolonged muscle tension and contraction and nerve irritation are not only painful, but they also cause spinal misalignments that inhibit the nervous system from functioning to its fullest extent. This can cause more problems down the line including poor immune system function and chronic pain. 

What can my chiropractor do to help me? 

First, a chiropractor can perform spinal manipulations and massage to remove subluxations, or spinal misalignments, and help rid muscle tension and contraction. Second, a chiropractor can perform delicate adjustments to reduce spinal nerve irritation.  Third, your chiropractor is trained in stress therapies and nutritional support to help manage stress. 

So what? 

Once you get rid of spinal misalignments, muscle tension and contraction, and nerve irritation, your nervous system will be able to function properly. This means that your body and mind will be more capable to deal with high stress situations on a daily basis. With a balanced body comes a balanced mind. Many chiropractic patients dealing with stress find that they are able to cope and manage stress better after seeking help from a chiropractor. If you need help managing and controlling your stress, visit The Joint today. And don’t stress — no appointment necessary! 

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