Chiropractic Treatment of Stress

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Manage and Reduce Stress

Most people experience stress in their daily lives, and both mental and physical stress can cause pain and discomfort. The best way to deal with stress varies according to the individual, but many of our patients benefit from the safe, reliable, and noninvasive relief offered by chiropractic care.

Stress and Medical Conditions

Stress is often blamed for a number of mental and physical ailments, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Heart attack
  • Arrhythmia
  • Chronic headache
  • Coronary disease
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Musculoskeletal pain, such as in the neck and back

When stressed physically or psychologically, the body uses its energy to fight off the perceived threat. Muscles tense up, and if they remain contracted for extended periods of time, this can lead to tension headaches and other musculoskeletal ailments. 

According to a 2009 study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, there is growing evidence that mental stress influences pain, and the hormones that make up the body’s physiological response to stress might interact with the molecules that respond to the stimulus that causes neuropathic pain. This suggests that stress may increase the susceptibility to develop pain, as well as exacerbate existing pain.

Stress Affects Both Mind and Body

Have you ever noticed that your hands become sweaty before a job interview, or you feel your heart pounding after a near-miss accident on the freeway? These are examples of how stress affects both the mind and body.

Stress can have a positive influence by motivating you to perform well, or a negative one if it lasts for a long time.

Understandably, those who are in chronic pain and feeling the physical effects of their stress typically want to focus on ways to reduce it. But those who treat patients for chronic pain do not just evaluate a patient’s symptoms, but also assess the amount of stress the patient is experiencing. Effectively managing the stress is a key component of managing the pain.

Stress Management and Pain Management

No matter the cause of chronic pain, stress can make it worse, so the management of chronic pain often involves stress management. If a patient is able to overcome the stressors of life, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia, their life generally gets better, even if their chronic pain persists. Focusing on reducing stress can help chronic pain patients better cope with their pain.

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Can Chiropractic Treatment Help You Manage Stress More Effectively?

The nervous system controls every function of the body. When nerves are irritated or compressed, stress and anxiety often increase. This can lead to muscle contraction and even more pain, which in turn can lead to more stress and tension. Chiropractic can help relieve harmful pressure on nerves, improve function, and be a vital part of stress management and reduction.

To learn more about how our experienced chiropractors can provide safe and reliable solutions to help you manage stress and reduce chronic pain, please contact us to make an appointment, or stop by any of our clinics across Virginia.

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