With it being Mental Health Awareness Week, from the 10th-16th May 2021, we’d like to discuss ways chiropractic can help relieve stress.
Once upon a time, trying to start a fire from sticks & stones & not becoming a light snack for a dinosaur, was man-kind’s biggest stress. Nowadays, we find ourselves stressing about debts, someone swerving into your lane on the motorway, our jobs, deadlines, global warming, our fitness, social media…the list is endless! But it’s okay, having these daily stresses are normal. 64% of UK adults have experienced stress due to Covid-19 alone in 2020, with depression, poor mental health & suicide rates soaring. Chronic stress can really wreak havoc on your body & mind.
Stress can lower the immune system, making your body more vulnerable to disease. A vicious cycle occurs. Poor spinal health influences physical health and boosts stress levels, while stress subsequently impacts spinal health. After all, nearly every bodily function interconnects with your spine. This simmering kind of emotions can also manifest in many physical & mental ways, such as:
- Anxiety & depression
- Headaches & migraines
- Digestive issues (diarrhea & constipation)
- High blood pressure
- Lack of exercise
- Poor diet
- Impatience, bad moods & low/no libido
- Aches, pains & tense muscles & joints
- Poor posture
- Poor decision-making that can affect your health
Many factors influence stress levels, but the effects of pain & body misalignments is a factor of concern with chiropractors. So here are some ways chiropractic can help you reduce stress.
Reducing Muscle Tension & Joint Strain
Most people when stressed, tense their muscles, lock up in abnormal positions & hold themselves in awkward ways. A chiropractor can relieve muscle tensions & fix joint misalignments, helping to relax the body & relieve pain.
Pain & stress can overlap significantly, which can disrupt your body’s homeostasis & wellbeing. Chiropractic aims to treat & rid you of the root of the pain, not just mask it or have the issue return. A full-body examination carried out with us will help us identify all bodily areas needing chiropractic care. This can help reduce re-occurring stress caused by pain, or take away pain as a factor affecting your mindset.
Appear more positive with good posture
Look at someone’s posture when they’re stressed out. They tend to hunch their shoulders over, so their lungs are now compressed. So their breathing pattern now quickens. They appear tense. Hold their head low. Right from your consultation, the chiropractor will instantly begin working on correcting your posture, whilst seated & standing. Because not only does poor posture give off a negative impression, it also affects your body’s alignment. This leads to all kinds of pain, effecting your sleep, mood & impacting physical & mental stress.
When you’re in pain, you struggle to sleep & find it a challenge to tackle the day ahead. One of the aims of chiropractic is to eliminate pain. This is done through safe & gentle physical manipulations, tailored to the condition & needs of the patient, targeting troubled areas, potentially helping you to get a comfortable night’s sleep. Click here to learn more about chiropractic adjustments. Studies have found a link between lack of sleep & obesity too.
Help with nutrition & maintaining an active lifestyle
Chronic stress, can cause the release of a hormone called cortisol, which increases a person’s appetite. You’re also less likely to exercise, opting to reach for a tub of ice-cream, chocolate, snacks or a glass of red win to temporarily boost your mood (we’ve all been there). Chiropractic helps preps your body to keep up with an active lifestyle, exercises & helps with injury prevention, but chiropractors will also counsel you on your nutrition. Here at the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic, we offer advice on diet & supplements your body may be lacking or benefit from. We also provide exercise plans as part of your treatment plan. Check out our exercise page here.
Not only does high levels of stress cause headaches & migraines, but misalignments/tension in the neck & spine can also cause them. There are particular trigger points within the back, shoulder, neck and head which chiropractors can manipulate to ease the pressure. Learn more about head/neck treatments here.
Looking for help?
So if you’re feel that stress has taken its toll on your body, the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic is here for you! We know that money is also another contributor to stress so we’re offering a consultation & a full body examination for only £45. You’ll also receive 1 FREE treatment when you book here today! Kids go FREE too (under 12 years old). We’ve got your back during these tough times.