Psychological stress can be incredibly taxing on our overall health. Psychological stress can decrease energy levels, generate anxiety, trigger abnormal heart rate and blood pressure, create digestive dysfunction, and cause racing thoughts. Symptoms of psychological stress can lead to conditions that only worsen with time. This additional disease and distress in the body can make it difficult to pinpoint the initial cause. The good news is that chiropractic care serves as a powerful intervention for anxiety-related symptoms. Read on to learn more about how chiropractic care affects psychological stress.
Balance blood pressure and heart rate.
Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for the cardiovascular system. This may seem surprising because chiropractic does not directly affect the heart. However, because of the effect of chiropractic care on other body systems, it still affects the function of the cardiovascular system.
Chiropractic care directly affects the nervous system. It also affects the spinal system, primarily the bones, joints, and muscular system. When cardiovascular treatment is administered, it helps regulate the nervous system’s function. This is what changes the cardiovascular system, allowing moderate heart rate and blood pressure.
Patients frequently report experiencing decreased blood pressure with long-term chiropractic care. They also say a change in heart rate, typically leaning toward a lower rate (although, in some cases, abnormally low heart rate has increased).
Balanced blood pressure and heart rate can help to decrease the effects of psychological stress and anxiety, making it much easier to be relaxed and focused throughout the day.
Enhance mental clarity and alertness.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is essential in detoxifying the brain and helping to protect the actual brain organ in the skull. CSF also transports oxygen and nutrients into the brain, which helps to increase the efficiency of brain function. Chiropractic care has been shown to increase the amount of cerebrospinal fluid delivered to the brain.
Many people describe experiencing significantly improved mental clarity following chiropractic treatment, even very shortly after their session. This effect often persists long after the treatment. Chiropractic can help provide sustained mental alertness, awareness, and clarity throughout the day.
Mental alertness, awareness, and clarity can help deal with psychological stress, making it easier to combat the mental fog or overactivity typical of anxiety.
Help improve your sleep quality.
One of the most common effects of psychological stress and anxiety is a decrease in the quality and quantity of sleep. Many people facing psychological stress and anxiety have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or in some cases, getting out of bed. Difficulty falling or staying asleep can be due to racing thoughts, rumination, and physical symptoms like accelerated heart rate or shallow breathing.
Chiropractic care is known to help improve the quality and quantity of sleep. By receiving regular chiropractic, you can help the body to relax deeply. The therapeutic effect of chiropractic can help synchronize all body systems’ efficiency and function and produce positive changes in brain chemistry.
Chiropractic heavily affects the nervous system, primarily responsible for initiating psychological stress and anxiety. When the body receives chiropractic care, the nervous system quickly receives a calming and regulating effect, which can help to reset nervous system function. This calming effect helps to make chiropractic a solid contributor to overall nervous system processes, essential for deep and rejuvenating sleep.
Chiropractic care affects the central nervous system, which is made up of the spine and brain, and the peripheral nervous system, which comprises branches of nerves throughout the rest of the body. Both of these bodies of the nervous system are responsible for affecting body processes connected to sleep.
Improve overall energy and vitality.
Chiropractic care has various benefits for the body, contributing to enhanced body systems functioning. Enhanced body functions mean that chiropractic care can help increase energy levels in different ways for different people. For some, this works by helping to eliminate migraines and other nerve dysfunction. For others, this can occur by decreasing or eliminating pain in the back and neck.
These conditions can contribute to lowered energy levels regarding psychological stress and anxiety. Psychological stress can change the chemistry in the body, leading to an increase in stress hormones like cortisol. Over time, hormones like cortisol can decrease energy in the body, which interferes with the quality of natural rejuvenating processes that usually decrease stress. Often when people suffer from stress, they are forced to give up activities and occupations that would generally be enjoyable and beneficial.
By receiving regular chiropractic care, the body’s systems benefit from the restorative effects of chiropractic and begin to function at a higher level. In this way, regular chiropractic care can help correct body chemistry and improve energy levels.
Boost and support immune function.
Lymphatic fluid plays a vital role in the health of the body and the function of the immune system. Lymphatic fluid helps to separate and release toxins, viruses, fungus, and bacteria from the body. When lymphatic fluid flows optimally and is not trapped in tissues, joints, or muscles, the entire immune system’s function is improved. Chiropractic care can help to push lymphatic fluid around the body so that it may be quickly released.
Chiropractic helps to drive lymphatic fluid out of the tissues, joints, and muscles of the body, helping to facilitate optimal immune function.
When the immune system functions well, psychological stress and anxiety are dispersed much more efficiently, as the body is more resilient.
What to Expect
If you or a loved one who is dealing with psychological stress would like to experience the benefits of chiropractic care, you can use our directory to find a Chiropractic BioPhysics® certified chiropractor near you.
During your first visit, an expert chiropractor will find the root cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan designed to help resolve it. This may include using x-rays as a diagnostic tool, surveying your overall wellness history, and discussing the symptoms and conditions you’re experiencing.
If you’re struggling with psychological stress, nervousness, or anxiety, make your appointment today to see how chiropractic care can help you.