The year 2020 has been traumatic for many people worldwide. Understandably, stress and anxiety are high right now as people figure out how to navigate these uncertain times. As economic and health issues continue, it’s so important to find ways to better manage our feelings of stress and anxiety. Otherwise, if they go unchecked and become chronic they can lead to poor health and a dismal quality of life.
How stress and anxiety affect our health.
Stress and anxiety can be caused by a variety of life factors. These might include health, money, relationships, and employment. While the reasons may vary, the physical response our bodies go through are the same. A stressful or anxiety inducing situation can leave us feeling threatened (even if it’s a more figurative threat rather than a literal one) and illicit a physical stress response.
The body responds to stress by releasing hormones that prime the body for survival. This requires a lot of energy and puts strain on the body. While it’s an important mechanism, if it is occurring chronically it can lead to unwanted health issues. The body needs time each day to recover and revitalize itself, which is not possible when the body is always in a heightened state.
Treating health issues related to stress and anxiety can feel ambiguous. Oftentimes, seeking treatment is stigmatized and can lead to over-prescription of medications that come with some serious side effects. Treatment is more effective when it addresses issues like proper stress management techniques and promoting optimized body health through proper exercise, nutrition, sleep, and overall spine alignment.
Health problems related to anxiety and stress.
Stress and anxiety do not only affect our mental health. They can also lead to very real physical manifestations and disease. These include:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Trouble sleeping
- Asthma and other breathing problems
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory loss
- And on…
Chiropractic care’s role in mental health.
Brain and spinal cord health are key to both mental and physical health. When nerve energy and flow is blocked for any reason, it can lead to or aggravate mental health issues like stress and anxiety. This is why Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a results-oriented, expert-backed approach, can help better manage mental health by addressing underlying issues with spinal misalignment.
Optimal spine alignment allows neural health for normal daily functions. This promotes vitality and an overall sense of well-being for an individual. When brain function is improved, it allows better clarity and flexibility for adjusting to daily life. Since we can’t necessarily remove all the stressors and anxiety-inducing events from our lives, addressing the base for good health with spinal alignment can help build resilience for any situation life throws at us.
Seek out care from a CBP practitioner to learn about the untapped potential in your life free of paralyzing stress and anxiety.