What if I told you that persistent stress can contribute to health issues such as neck pain, headaches, and even back pain? This is because we as humans carry our stress in our muscles, specifically those of the head/neck and lower back/pelvis.
Discovering healthy ways to cope with stress is crucial for maintaining overall well-being, and chiropractors can be excellent healthcare partners in this journey.
Here’s why it matters: Studies have demonstrated that chronic stress affects both the brain and body in various ways, and identifying its presence early is essential for maintaining good health. Early signs of chronic stress include sleeplessness, headaches, muscle tension, and joint pain.
Chiropractors can assist in overcoming stress in unique ways. Here are three ways they can help reduce stress:
- Reducing Muscle Tension: Alleviating built-up tension in muscles can soothe a tired body and mind.
- Restoring Movement: Gentle adjustments to the body can improve the flexibility of your back, arms, and legs, reducing pain.
- Offering Personalized Exercise: Incorporating daily exercise is a powerful method to decrease mental stress and enhance overall physical well-being, complementing the effectiveness of chiropractic care.
Here are two bonus tips to help reduce stress! Be sure to hydrate appropriately! Not just water, but sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium are needed for proper hydration. Also, be sure to get adequate sleep! The general recommendation is 8 hours for appropriate sleep. It is important to remember that 6 hours of high-quality sleep will always trump 8 hours of poor-quality sleep. Quality over Quantity.
Considering that even individuals who are typically stress-free may experience an increase in headaches, muscle tension, and difficulty sleeping during certain times of the year, if you find it challenging to relax and enjoy the holidays due to stress, consider contacting us. Give us a call – we are here to support you!