Have you ever been driving down the highway when you hit construction right at the exit you need to take? Traffic slows to a standstill, and you’re left wondering if you will ever get home. Your spine is the highway of your body, and the highway exits are all the different areas of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. If one area of your body is hurting, everything slows down.
Stress can be hard on your body. Chronic stress makes you always feel anxious, overwhelmed, and tired. This kind of stress is caused by emotional issues or the circumstances of your life. Over time your body gets used to this stress and you might not notice the effect it has on your health.
Your spine notices stress, however. Stress causes your body to tighten in a “fight or flight” response. If you stay in this state too long, your muscles can become tight and rigid. You may notice limitations in mobility and flexibility.
Just like construction slows down highway traffic, stress affects spinal health. It can cause pressure on the spine from overworked or fatigued muscles, poor posture, back pain, headaches and other issues. Your doctor of chiropractic can help address these issues with regular adjustments and by recommending relaxation techniques.
Don’t let your body get weighed down by stress. Take the time to take care of your physical and emotional health and you’ll start to feel better. Chiropractic care can be part of an overall treatment plan to help alleviate the effects of stress. Keep stress at bay and your spine will be running as smoothly as the highway does after rush hour.