How Chiropractic Care May Reduce the Effects of Stress



Chiropractic care is being accepted more frequently as a truly effective care pathway for treating all sorts of physiological problems within the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Between all sorts of problems with the layout of the skeleton and the structural integrity of the muscles, there are many opportunities for the chiropractor to intervene, assessing the root causes of the problem and determining the right combination of treatments to fix it.

However, our physiological health is not the only aspect of our overall well-being that chiropractic care has the ability to improve.

While it may seem like an abstract concept, our mental health and our physiological health are intertwined. If there are problems with our physiological health, we can see it affect our mental health dramatically and vice versa. One of the main contributors to deteriorating mental health is the overwhelming presence of stress in our lives. Stress can impact everything from our cardiovascular health to the functioning of our organs and everything in between. When we are stressed, there is maybe no more significant of an impact on any other body system than the musculoskeletal system.

When we are stressed, we tend to tense up our muscles to the point where we are not breathing properly. Consequently, or brain is functioning in a manner that is less than optimal. This is where chiropractic care comes in. By ensuring that our bones are laid out in the proper positioning, the chiropractor is able to bring certain blood vessels into their proper positioning as well. When the right level of circulation is occurring, we are transporting more oxygen around the body which is crucial in stress management. Even if we are stressed out and we are not breathing properly, we are maximizing the amount of oxygen in our bodies with the right musculoskeletal layout.

Chiropractic care also has the ability to improve brain functioning, which can in turn help us regulate our emotions and promote mood stability. Chiropractic adjustments can restore the major neural pathways to promote good communication between the brain and other parts of the body. This communication is important, as the brain is aware of what is occurring around the body which in turn improves the functioning of all parts of the brain.

It can often feel like there is nowhere to turn in our stress management efforts. However, chiropractic care can offer the help that is most likely unattainable with other strategies.

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