Friday, April 27, 2018

April: National Stress Awareness Month

Fast Facts about Stress

Stress on our bodies can be categorized into three main areas: physical, chemical, and emotional stress.

  • Physical stress comes from the postures and positions you maintain throughout the day; it results from your actions and activity, or lack thereof. Physical stress is relatively easy to detect and can be corrected with adequate rest, exercise, massage therapy and chiropractic care.

  • Chemicals, both man-made and natural can be a stress on your body. It occurs if you have poor nutrition or if you smoke, use alcohol or drugs. Toxic chemicals in our food, water, air, personal care and cleaning products accumulate in our bodies and add more stress. Avoiding bad habits, maintaining a healthy diet, and having a cleaner lifestyle will help reduce the chemical stress on your body.

  • Emotional stress is a little more self-explanatory and unfortunately considered by many as a normal state of being. Work, family, relationships and city life can all be significant sources of stress which in turn can have an enormous effect on our body’s ability to function well. The hormone cortisol, known as “the stress hormone” is circulated throughout the body with wide ranging effects including poor sleep, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and general anxiety.

 Chiropractic care helps manage stress by bringing balance back to the body. Treatments help by improving the nervous system, relaxing tense muscles, and lowering blood pressure.

Proper spinal alignment is the first step for reducing stress. When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system is unable to properly send messages through the body. Better spinal alignment means better communication and increased system efficiency.

Make chiropractic care a part of your health plan! Give us a call; we will put together specific treatment plans to correct your underlying spinal conditions, allowing you to express life and health to the max.