Lower Your Risk of Chronic Illness With Chiropractic Care
Although chiropractic treatments aren't a substitute for additional medical care where heart disease and other stress-related illnesses are concerned, it is true that reducing stress can help manage stress-related conditions and can even help reduce your likelihood of developing these conditions in your future.
So whether you have a family history of stress-related illnesses or just have a really stressful job that's exhausting you, regular chiropractic visits may help. Here's how chiropractic care can work with your body to keep you healthy and help you better manage stress and stress-related conditions.
Fight or Flight Response
If you've noticed symptoms of excess tension and stress recently, such as a tight jaw, sore muscles, insomnia or anxiety, your body may be locked into fight-or-flight mode, which has to do with the sympathetic nervous system.
As you can imagine, being constantly on alert makes sleeping or relaxing difficult. Chiropractic adjustments can help your brain communicate better with the rest of the body, mainly by increasing blood flow and helping the spine stop pressing on the nerves.
When combined with the muscle relaxation and reduction of tension in your body that chiropractic care can also enable, more effective neural communication can help your body recognize that it's time to relax rather than stay in fight-for-your-life mode.
Physical and mental stress are both contributors to your overall stress levels. However, these factors also interact and affect each other in a variety of ways, so a massage can help you feel more mentally and physically relaxed. Meditation and positive thinking can also help tight muscles to ease up.
Similarly, chiropractic adjustments are a physical treatment that can help both your physical stress levels and your overall stress levels by reducing strain on your body.
Chiropractic care reduces the strain on your body by improving your spinal alignment, which optimizes the way you carry yourself. Correct alignment allows muscles to function with less stress and allows you to carry yourself more easily.
A good chiropractic adjustment will not only immediately improve your spinal alignment and posture but also will help you stand, sit and walk with better posture in the future. After your adjustment, you'll know what it feels like to use good posture, so you'll better be able to have appropriate posture.
Good posture reduces back strain, neck strain and all kinds of other strain on your body. Poor posture makes you more likely to suffer from issues such as repetitive strain injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
In addition to making it easier for you to have good posture at home, thorough chiropractic treatment will also include advice from your chiropractor on lifestyle choices, other treatments and specialists, and simple techniques you can do at home to stay more relaxed.
For example, your chiropractor might recommend tailored exercises such as hamstring stretches if your tight hamstrings cause back pain. Alternatively, you may come away with a set of shoulder exercises if you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer and working.
As you can see, chiropractic care isn't a comprehensive treatment for stress-related illnesses, but it can help your body fight back against stress. In addition to being a pleasant way to help your body relax so you can sleep better at night and avoid tense muscles and other symptoms, chiropractic treatment is a great way to reduce your chances of developing a stress-triggered condition.
For more information on the benefits of chiropractic care and how a chiropractor can help you, feel free to browse our website or contact us at Williford Chiropractic and Wellness anytime.