“Stress is the inability to decide what’s important.” In today’s hectic era, everyone seems anxious and depressed because of the undue pressure, workload, and running out of time to complete assignments. Work stress, personal and professional stress, is what everyone is catering to in this modern world.
Stress is broad in three types: physical stress that arises due to illness, suffering, sleep deprivation, injury, or any malnutrition in the body. The person suffers from emotional stress secondary to certain life activities like relocating to a newer place, any upcoming exam or competition, a new job, personal affairs like marriage problems, and many others. There is also another type of stress known popularly as environmental stress that occurs because of environmental pollution, including air, water, noise pollution, state of war, or other political turmoil occurring in one’s vicinity.
Several studies claim that about 23% of adults, or 40 million people approximately in the United States of America, suffer from anxiety disorders at some point in their life. Out of all these, about 23% of cases are severe with associated debilitating and recurring symptoms. The physical symptoms of stress include muscular tension and stiffness, fatigue and inability to sleep or signs of disturbed sleep, and irritability with loss of interest in various tasks. The patients find it difficult to relax and are in severe pain and discomfort, with associated signs of migraine and other headaches, including tension-type and cluster headaches.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are diseased conditions that may affect the person physically, mentally, and emotionally. With its non-invasive methods, many find chiropractic care helpful in relieving such signs and symptoms. This blog has tried to highlight specific points that show how chiropractic professionals prove to be a help in preventing the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
How can chiropractors help in relieving symptoms of stress?
Chiropractic professionals use non-invasive, drug-free therapies to help relax their patients. They use the mind-body approach to bring an appropriate balance between their body and the mind. Manual treatments, manipulations and adjustments, spinal alignment, diet modification, exercises, and lifestyle modifications are how chiropractors bring an environment of balance between the mind, body, and soul of stressed patients.
The studies claim a positive surge of hormones throughout the body after spinal alignment and maintaining proper spinal curvatures. These include neurotensin, which neutralizes the pain and discomfort arising from the stressed conditions; cortisol prevents signs and symptoms associated with inflammation, including pain, redness, and swelling; and oxytocin which increases neuro-communication and feelings to have social bondings.
High blood pressure is also one of the leading causes that lead to symptoms of stress and anxiety in an otherwise healthy person. With massage therapy, manipulations, and adjustments of the musculoskeletal complex, chiropractors help release stress and anxiety by lowering blood pressure.
Headaches like tension-type headaches or cluster headaches and migraines are mainly caused secondary to people’s stress because of their professional or personal turmoils. The studies claim that about 35 million people suffer from severe headaches, including migraine conditions.
Insomnia, no sleep pattern, or a disturbed sleep cycle also causes stress in people, which ultimately causes signs of headaches in them. The relaxation sessions, massage therapy, manual or electric manipulations and adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, including dietary changes, help the patients to normalize their sleep cycle and have sound sleep patterns.
Overall, chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug-free method that is natural to relax your mind, body, and soul. Studies have shown about 25% less activity in the muscular region complex after a relaxing chiropractic session. This proves that chiropractic care does help in the overall relaxation of the human body and relieves the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” Work and personal stress are part and parcel of life that needs to be addressed by everyone. It is not about the stress the person is undergoing but how they adopt and adapt to it is the way of living.
The muscular tension and joint dysfunctions that may occur secondary to stress and anxiety symptoms can be well prevented and managed by chiropractic care through massage therapies and manipulative methods. They help in lifestyle modification, including daily exercise routines and diet modifications.
Your way of living and lifestyle pattern define your personality as a whole. Hence, keep working on it and stay in position. Everything will fall into the right place at the right time.