Here in Austin, we are lucky to live in America’s second least stressed-out city! However, that doesn’t mean that stress doesn’t exist in our daily lives. Our bodies are subjected to stress every day. We encounter it in three forms:
- Environmental – noises, crowds
- Physical – illness, loss of sleep
- Emotional – anxiety, depression
It probably goes without saying, but the most common causes of stress include work, family, money, and illness. In modern life, which never seems to slow down, the effects of repeated or prolonged stress can be cumulative.
Effects of Chronic Stress
Have you every noticed that you get sick after long periods of stress? That is because chronic stress can have many impacts on your long term health, both physically and emotionally. These effects can include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Heart and cardiovascular issues
- High blood pressure
- Stomach and intestinal distress
- Weight gain or loss
- Hormonal imbalance
- Skin conditions
How Chiropractors Can Help Relieve Stress
Many people never consider seeing their chiropractor for things like stress. However, long term stress causes the body to act as if it continuously in “fight or flight” mode. Over time, muscles tense up and can cause or exacerbate subluxations in the spine. During adjustments, chiropractors alleviate the tension and subluxations, allowing your body to function better. We can also relieve the pain associated with muscle tension, headaches, and help reduce blood pressure. At Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center, we believe that when your body functions better, you can deal with stress better.
Dr. Moore may also refer you to a therapeutic massage therapist. Massage therapy is another tool that can help relieve stress. One study found that massage therapy reduced heart rate and cortisol (the stress hormone) and insulin levels. A combination of chiropractic adjustment and massage can offer both relief from the effects of long term stress and the ability to handle it better in the future. If you find life’s pressures to be overwhelming, or are noticing physical symptoms, give us a call today.
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