Stress can bring on a variety of physical symptoms, ranging from annoying to debilitating. It can cause tension, eye twitching and irritability. In other cases, it may lead to increased blood pressure, headaches, insomnia and weight changes. Finding and treating the cause of your stress is the first step in conquering it, but chiropractic care can also be a big help.
Sometimes the causes of stress can’t be changed, or at least they can’t be changed quickly or easily! Perhaps a problem in a personal or work relationship is at the root of your stress. Maybe it’s financial or because of a medical issue. You could just be a person who runs a bit tightly wound. No matter the cause, acknowledging it and being mindful of it is the first step in taking back control.
Next, look at things you are doing to perpetuate tension in your body once you are stressed. Consider your posture, the way you sit, your sleep habits, and your exercise routine. If you are suffering from a lack of sleep and aren’t getting enough physical activity, your body won’t release stress as easily. Plenty of rest and daily exercise go a long way in your de-stressing efforts. Are your other habits suffering because of stress? Look at what you’re eating. A cleaner diet may help you feel better. If you’re over-caffeinated or using tobacco or alcohol as a source of stress relief, realize that these things can also have the opposite effect.
Chiropractic care can be of great benefit as well. Chiropractic care can treat stress symptoms and help you feel better. Proper spinal alignment is key, releasing tension in muscles, relieving nerves, and improving circulation. Your doctor of chiropractic can also suggest nutritional supplementation, exercise ideas, or techniques for relaxation.