Feeling stressed out? Stress is thought to be a normal part of life. The good news is that the body can easily handle short-term stress. The bad news is that sustained periods of stress can have a harmful impact on general health. One safe and healthy way to manage stress is through chiropractic. Our team at Fahrendorf Family Chiropractic + Wellness approaches stress management holistically, providing tools and techniques to reduce stress levels.
What Causes Stress?
There are many reasons for high-stress levels. New job responsibilities and major life changes are common triggers. In fact, work stress is the biggest source of stress for 40 percent of American employees. Working long hours or having poor management can lead to work stress. As for life stresses, divorce, job loss, chronic illness, being a primary caregiver and traumatic events are just a handful of triggers reported. Everyone copes with stress differently. A person’s stress level can stay relatively low or be so high and sustained that it leads to illness.
Long-term stress is an issue. The body easily recovers from a brief stressful situation, with the body demonstrating the “fight or flight” response, exhibiting an increase in heartbeat and breathing rates. On the other hand, chronic stress and unhealthy coping mechanisms can often pose a problem.
The Impact of Stress on the Body
What can long-term stress do? The body experiences a continuous stream of stress hormones, placing a burden on it. Individuals dealing with chronic stress appear to age faster and are more likely to become ill. Serious health conditions due to unaddressed chronic stress include skin problems, asthmatic flare-ups, ulcers, heart attacks, heart disease, abnormal heartbeat, high blood pressure, depression, and tight muscles that can cause headaches, back and neck pain. These conditions can continue to worsen over time if left untreated.
Stress Management: How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care is an approach to treatment that looks at the many facets impacting your health. Chiropractic adjustments have been known to promote relaxation and improve sleep and hormonal balance. Specific exercises and take-home suggestions may also be incorporated into your individualized treatment program.
Stress Management: How Applied Kinesiology Can Help
Applied Kinesiology is a non-invasive way of evaluating how your body is functioning. Through this type of evaluation, Dr. Laryssa is able to determine what your body needs by way of supplementation and diet to support your adrenal glands (the glands that secrete stress hormones) and mental state. It is a tailor-made plan for you and your body.