Stress and Tension
We deal with physical, emotional, and environmental stress on a daily basis. That prolonged stress can result in muscle tension through decreased activity, poor posture, and decreased blood flow. Stress can affect almost every part of the body such as your jaw, neck, back, and even your feet. As the hypothalamus in the brain stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, heart rate and blood pressure increases, and blood is directed away from the digestive system and extremities resulting in a feeling of stiffness or tightness.
When prolonged, the long-term effects of this state can be disastrous to good health and cause high blood pressure, muscle tissue damage, diabetes, GI issues, damage to the immune system and slowed healing from disease and injury.
How can we help?
- Chiropractic adjustments can reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which in turn relaxes muscles.
- Chiropractors can put together nutrition/exercise plans to help you reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Chiropractors can suggest nutritional supplements, like B complex vitamins, to help the body cope with stress.