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Greetings friends, blog followers, and all of you moving forward toward pain-free living chiropractic care here at Inc-HEALTH London Chiropractic Clinic. Today, let’s talk about stress.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We can limit it, we can manage it, and we can ignore it. But, there will always be stressors in life. The good news is that we do have some control over how stressors affect us. There are two kinds of stress: physical and emotional.

how Stress Affects Our Health

Physical stress is harder to control because it’s based on the laws of nature, like gravity. It’s physical pressure or tension exerted on our bodies. This includes everything from the force that your muscles exert on your joints when you move all the way to the force of gravity causing us to shrink over time. The good part of this stress is that it tells our body where we need to build more muscle, or which bones to strengthen. The bad part is that this kind of stress is what causes musculoskeletal problems like athletic injuries or back and neck pain.

To address physical stress, we must first identify things in our everyday life that cause our muscles and joints to work harder than they are designed to work. For example, trying to exercise harder than your body is ready to, or having poor posture and bad ergonomics in your car or at your desk at work. One of the big issues we see in our office is posture changes due to the added strain that looking down at cell phones and tablets places on your neck and upper back. This forward head position can put up to 60 lbs. of tension on your neck, and it just wasn’t designed to sustain that type of pressure for long periods of time. There is even a new diagnosis for this called “Tech Neck.” The best way to combat this kind of physical stress is to try to maintain good posture which distributes your body weight evenly throughout your spine.

To address physical stress, we must first identify things in our everyday life that cause our muscles and joints to work harder than they are designed to work. For example, trying to exercise harder than your body is ready to, or having poor posture and bad ergonomics in your car or at your desk at work. One of the big issues we see in our office is posture changes due to the added strain that looking down at cell phones and tablets places on your neck and upper back. This forward head position can put up to 60 lbs. of tension on your neck, and it just wasn’t designed to sustain that type of pressure for long periods of time. There is even a new diagnosis for this called “Tech Neck.” The best way to combat this kind of physical stress is to try to maintain good posture which distributes your body weight evenly throughout your spine.

To address physical stress, we must first identify things in our everyday life that cause our muscles and joints to work harder than they are designed to work. For example, trying to exercise harder than your body is ready to, or having poor posture and bad ergonomics in your car or at your desk at work. One of the big issues we see in our office is posture changes due to the added strain that looking down at cell phones and tablets places on your neck and upper back. This forward head position can put up to 60 lbs. of tension on your neck, and it just wasn’t designed to sustain that type of pressure for long periods of time. There is even a new diagnosis for this called “Tech Neck.” The best way to combat this kind of physical stress is to try to maintain good posture which distributes your body weight evenly throughout your spine.

This constant over stimulation of our fight or flight system causes lots of major health problems including digestive issues, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, decreased sex drive, tension headaches and many more. On the bright side, our brains get to decide what we perceive as stressful. This means we have some control over how we respond to stress and the damage that it causes to our bodies.

How do you know if you are stressed?

Your body will tell you. You may have a headache, fatigue, digestive issues, sleeping difficulty, tightness. You may find a time where you get a “twinge” or a “pull” when moving. These are all signs (plus a lot more) that your body is stressed and needs help. If you ignore the signs, they will get louder and more severe so seeking out someone quickly before it escalates is key to staying healthy and pain free.

All college, Olympians and professional athletes, get body work. Why? Because they know they perform better and are healthier.

How does a London chiropractor help with stress?

Stress is hard to avoid these days. Physical, emotional and chemical stress is around us more now than ever.

There may be different causes of stress but our brain and body only know that it is “dangerous” and begins their primitive protective strategies.

Our primitive brain is called the limbic system. This is the area of our brain that changes our mood and reacts to the world around us. It is deep in the brain and surrounded by the outer brain called the cerebrum.

Dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline, and cortisol are neurotransmitters (chemical messages sent through nerves). Different chemicals are released in response to objects and situations we are seeing or experiencing. When we are exposed to stimuli, our brain interprets it, analyzes to see if it is threatening or not and adds an emotional response.

This is why not only does physical stress have physical effects on our body but so does emotional and chemical stress. Any stress will have an effect on our body and how it works. Just think of when you are nervous. You feel nauseas, your legs may shake, feel faint or you may vomit or have digestive pain just to name a few symptoms. This is an emotional reaction that leads to a physical reaction.

The same works with chemical stress. When you eat foods with pesticides or something that your body has an allergic reaction to what happens? You can get stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, rashes, diarrhea, dizziness, severe cramping. This is a chemical reaction that leads to a physical effect.

It is important to get rid of stress because if it is not gone, it will eventually lead to a physical problem. Normally, it will happen to the part of the body that is most damaged or weak.

If you have digestive issues, now it will be enhanced. Headaches may worsen or come more frequently. Back or neck pain may occur more often. You get the picture.

So how does chiropractic help relieve stress?

If stress stores and is not released, it will effect the overall health of your body. Chiropractic gets rid of stress that is hiding and releases tension making you feel better and sleep better.

Yoga, Pilates, meditation, exercise, the arts and eating healthy all contribute to health and do help but chiropractic can help anything left over and not able to be released.

When we adjust the body, it not only releases stress but sends signals back and forth to the brain. The brain will then analyze the body and determine how well it is doing. If it is doing well, we move with ease and no pain. If it is not doing well, we get stiff, tight and can have pain, numbness, tingling etc. These are all physical manifestations of stress.

There are many great stress management techniques out there that can help us train our brains to not let these everyday stressors trigger our fight or . Different techniques will work better for some people than others, so we suggest that you try a few to see what works for you.

Chiropractor for Stress

Chiropractor in London, Ida Norgaard treats stress and a wide range of knee, neck, and spine pain here at our clinic in London. Contact us anytime!

 


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