Stress gets a bad reputation these days because of the chronicity that tends to occur with it. However, stress is a very important part of our body’s “fight or flight” response to keep us safe from danger and survive when something life-threatening occurs. Unfortunately, our modern world and connection to the entire globe via electronics can leave us feeling totally stuck in a fast-paced high stress life. It can be very detrimental to our health if stress becomes chronic and is not well managed. Today, we’ll dive into how stress is damaging your health and how chiropractic care can help negate it.
How Stress Affects Our Health
There are many factors that can lead to the onset of chronic and debilitating stress. These include:
- Poor mental health related to depression, anxiety, and more
- Traumatic events such as natural disasters or violence
- Taking care of a sick family member or elderly parent
- Constant exposure to negativity in the news
- Chronic exposure to blue light from electronics
- Poor health habits related to sleep, diet, exercise and more
- Chronic illness
- In general- having no stress management techniques in place
When your body is in a constant state of stress, it can have some pretty major repercussions on your life. The body is not meant to be in a constant state of stress. It doesn’t allow the body to go into important states of repair and rest. This can lead to a breakdown of vital cellular processes, certain organ functions, and ultimately manifest as disease. Chronic stress has been linked to issues like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Stress Management Techniques
The ability to properly manage our stress is crucial for good health. Stress management can be quite simple and straightforward if we take the time to tune into our bodies and give them what they need. Some great holistic options for stress management include:
- Learning better time management skills
- Learning to say no
- Reduced screen exposure- particularly at night
- Reduced time watching the news and being on social media
- Consistent exercise
- Proper diet
- Better sleep habits
- Relaxation techniques such as massage and heat
- Mindfulness practice such as meditation or gratitude
- Chiropractic care
Why Spine Alignment Matters
Most of the stress management techniques listed above address minimizing external cues that are affecting your internal health via a stress response. Additionally, addressing any internal imbalances can help the body sustainably return to a state of stress free homeostasis. One common underlying imbalance in the body is spine misalignment. Unbeknownst to you, this root issue could be perpetuating your stress response and limiting its ability to return to a state of relaxation.
Boost Your Stress Management Potential
Spine misalignment affects the nervous system’s ability to modulate the body’s stress response due to poor nerve signaling and energy. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a research-oriented, science-based holistic approach that can address spine issues and help your body return to a state of balance and repair. Finding a CBP care provider in your area is a great way to address any underlying spine misalignments that are keeping your body in a constant state of stress. Find a provider today to discuss the possibilities.