The spinal column is the switchboard for the nervous system.
Without proper care, it’s almost impossible to keep your spinal cord in tip-top shape.
Messages are constantly making their way from the brain through the spinal cord and then to all parts of your body. The spinal cord is encased in a delicate system of bones and vertbra that support and protect it. Each message is sent to the various parts of the body. Chiropractic adjustments work on and around the spinal column and help alleviate the common ailments associated with stress.
It’s a well-known fact that chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body. Back pain, muscle tightness, headaches, fatigue, and neck pain are common symptoms people experience when under stress. Stress lowers the immune system, which makes the body more vulnerable to disease.
Chiropractic treatments relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of chronic stress. In addition, regular chiropractic adjustments can soothe the nervous system as it aligns it so it can do its work, which lowers the flight or fight response people experience when stressed.
Muscles tense and contract when someone is under stress. For example, someone experiencing chronic stress may unconsciously hold their neck to one side, or slump in an unnatural way, cross their legs or hold one hip higher than the other. These positions create pressure, which weighs on the spinal column. Eventually, the spine will become misaligned.
This pressure will also cause nerves to become pinched. The result is shooting pains or numbness in various areas of the body.
Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve stress in many ways. The act of adjusting the spine releases the tension held in muscles, which relaxes the body and increases circulation of the blood. This action soothes the flight or fight response of the body.
Adjustments to the neck and spine move the spinal column bones back into proper order. Proper alignment is important in removing the pressure placed on muscles and bones, and eradicating nerve pain. For many patients, the relief of pain will immediately reduce emotional stress.
Proper alignment provides relief from tension headaches and many other physical pains, in the knees, hips, legs, shoulders, and more.
Everyone knows that massage relieves tension held in muscles, which helps to return the mind and body into a natural state of alignment and peace.
According to WebMD, “Massage can also ease stress, a common headache trigger.”
Nutrition is important in managing tension.
Our chiropractors talk to patients about nutritional deficiencies. For example, vitamin B has been shown to soothe the body’s flight or fight response. A chiropractor may recommend that our patients take vitamin B or other supplements to create a more relaxed state in the body.
Chiropractors often advise patients on how to move properly to keep the spine aligned. They can also counsel patients on ways to sit and stretch to reduce joint and muscle pain.