If you find yourself with tension and back pain, it may be time for a visit with your local Zannetti chiropractic practitioner. Chiropractic care is focused on returning the body back to balance by realigning and readjusting troublesome areas of the back and spine.
It’s a non-invasive treatment that gradually helps the body heal and strengthen itself. People who suffer from back and joint pain often find that regular chiropractic visits offer long term relief.
Most people think of chiropractic care only when they’re in sudden pain or have thrown out their back. In fact, regular chiropractic adjustments (even when you’re not experiencing back pain), can help improve emotional well-being and reduce stress.
The Link Between Your Spine, Stress and Chiropractic
Everyone has heard someone say that they ‘carry all their stress on their back.’ Or maybe you’re one of those people. It’s fairly common to have stress result in physical tension. In fact, it is one of the leading causes for lower back pain.
When we’re stressed, our muscles naturally tend to contract, and we therefore experience a feeling of tension. Many people may feel tensed in their shoulders or other muscles in ways that aren’t conducive, to a balanced posture.
That may mean you may slouch more, lean with muscles tensing to one side, hold your neck at an awkward angle, or any of the near infinite variations that afflict different people. More often than not, these stress triggered posture issues go completely unnoticed. At least until muscles tighten so much that they cannot be ignored. Or when they cause pain significant enough to seek medical attention.
When people undergo episodes of chronic stress, tensed muscles remain in that state without relief. When this happens, the muscles aren’t given the opportunity to rest and realign themselves. That means that while muscles remain constantly tensed, the bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, and nerves suffer.
Under this consistent, unnatural pressure, they begin to compress, inflame, or misalign. This results in pain that can range from mild to severe, depending on the resulting misalignment.
In times of stress, the pain can become a compounding problem that continues the cycle of stress and pain over and over again.
Look after your stress levels and your spine health
Rather than waiting for mental and physical stress to result in painful health issues that damage your overall well-being, you should strive to seek a safe, natural solution that does more than correct an urgent physical ailment.
Thankfully, the practice of chiropractic care can provide patients with this alternative solution.
Chiropractic care can help stressed out patients find a solution that reduces both stress as well as back and neck pain. You may not have considered your local chiropractor as a route to relief yet, but there are plenty of reasons to do so:
How Your Local Zannetti Chiropractic Can Help You Alleviate Stress
Taking care of your spine
Chiropractors deal with correcting and adjusting your spine. Most people never associate that practice with stress management, but in truth, it can be an important pillar of not only managing stress, but helping to alleviate stress altogether.
This is such a critical point in how chiropractors help patients deal with stress.
The spine is the central, driving center of your nervous system. That means that it controls your mental and physical wellness, and as a result, your daily feelings.
A healthy, balanced spine allows your immune system to function at its best, while helping you get a lid on managing stress. When stress causes muscles to contract and exert pressure on the spine, the spine is compressed, and, as a result, can become misaligned.
When it’s constricted, compressed, and pushed out of alignment, the spine simply can’t perform optimally. That means it can’t communicate with the rest of the body as it should, and it can result in inaccurate signals (like feeling anxious or irritable without a legitimate reason) being sent out.
This can create a mental imbalance due to the physical imbalance of the spine. This ultimately can lead to more emotional stress, difficulty sleeping, misalignment, and pain that can range from tingling nerves in the legs to lower back pain and so much more.
Finding the issues in your spine
A chiropractor will be able to assess your back and spine to determine where issues in the spine may be located. After your chiropractor has done their initial patient consultation, they’ll do a more in-depth assessment to determine specific areas of misalignment and develop an individualized treatment plan.
In the actual therapy, chiropractors will use readjustment techniques specific to the area of issue and necessary adjustment outcome.
By adjusting the spine (and specific misaligned vertebrae), the chiropractor relieves pressure that extends to other parts of the body and causes extra stress on those parts. Putting the spine back into alignment often causes an immediate sense of relief, both physical and mental, for patients.
When the spine is no longer under the pressure of misalignment, the inaccurate signals of stress and distress aren’t sent out, and circulation is improved, resulting in a reduction of stress and greater feeling of well-being.
Basically, when your spine is brought back into proper alignment, it allows your nervous system to communicate its messages properly and function healthily.
Reducing chronic pain and tension
Chiropractic care has been shown to provide patients with long term relief, while improving their overall physical functionality. As discussed earlier, chronic pain contributes to the ongoing cycle of stress that plagues so many people. It’s understandable; it’s hard to feel good mentally while you’re dealing with painful physical ailments.
Likewise, it’s difficult to work to reduce physical pain when mentally, you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and just plain not at your best.
Back pain is one of the leading causes of adult employees missing work, which can further compound stress in an already taxing lifestyle.
Patients that experience frequent pain, whether from poor posture, a herniated disc, or any of the other afflictions that cause pain in their back, can find relief with chiropractic care. Readjustment therapy is a gradual process that immediately corrects alignment issues, while helping the body to learn to maintain a proper alignment.
Adjustments provide relief by aligning out of place vertebrae, which in turn stops the domino effect that occurs when a critical connection stresses other bones and muscles. This domino effect amplifies the discomfort and pain that patients suffer from.
Through regular adjustment therapy, swelling and inflammation that causes extra tension on nerves and joints are reduced.
Helping the body reduce mental stress
It’s not uncommon for patients to have emotional reactions to adjustment therapy. To some people, this may sound far-fetched. But it’s actually a phenomenon that’s more common than most people recognize.
That’s because our bodies and minds are tightly linked with one another. It’s not only how our thoughts can keep us awake or how our nervous system keeps our hearts beating and our lungs breathing. Your back is an incredibly important staple that supports your entire body.
Within your back is the spine (critical for skeletal and muscular support, as well as nervous system function), and a plethora of different muscles, bones, tendons, and joints, all of which work over time to support both your body and mind.
When even one element of this critical physical structure is out of alignment, the rest of the back, and body, feels the strain.
Even when you’re not feeling pain at the moment, your mind remains acutely aware of disruptions in your body’s functionality. If you’re dealing with a sudden or growing feeling of stress, it’s highly likely that your body is suffering from poor alignment which may not have translated into physical pain or discomfort yet.
Undergoing chiropractic therapy before physical discomfort occurs allows you to not only prevent the onset of physical pain, but helps you to break the cycle of stress and back pain before it becomes worse.
Correctly aligning the spine helps to prevent the nervous system from sending inaccurate signals that cause a sense of emotional distress.
A balanced alignment means a balanced body.
In turn, a balanced body provides the mind ample circulation, appropriate mood and energy signals, and results in the reduction or elimination of undue stress.
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