Stress and the effects on the Body
One condition that many people are not aware they suffer from is “Stress – The silent killer”. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, it can have so many negative effects on the body and mind and you eventually pay the price. Most of the time sufferers seek treatment for another condition and their stress goes unaddressed thus causing other health issues.
What is Stress?
When working properly, stress helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. It’s the body’s way of protecting you. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges. It’s what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration, or drives you to study for an exam. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Stress can cause many issues like:
- Depression and anxiety
- Sleep disruption
- Muscle aches and pains
- Digestive problems
- Blood pressure problems
- Heart palpitations and Heart disease
- Chronic back pain
- Neck pain
The list goes on. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above, stress may very well be the culprit.
There are many types and causes of stress, Emotional, Physical and Environmental.
Emotional stress most of us have suffered from emotional stress at one point or another in our lives. Though we strive to be happy all the time, that’s not actually how we’re built. We can’t always be happy and we’re going to have down periods and moments where we struggle.
Emotional stress can be caused by negative events, worries about our jobs – a work deadline, our family lives, a death in the family, an argument with a friend, financial – mountain of bills, buying a house or even fear of the current state of the world and more.
Physical stress can be caused by injuries, illness, dietary issues, over-work, and lack of rest. Pain can result from physical stress, and emotional stress can result from pain. The two are definitely connected.
Environmental stress can be caused by external events or situations that we have no direct control over. You may worry about the future, Is it safe to go out? Is it safe to travel? Floods and earthquakes etc. Often times, we are not able to control our environmental stress, which in turn will exacerbate both physical and emotional stress. When a person suffers from all three of these types of stress, we call it ‘chronic stress’.
How does it affect us?
We now know that stress can have a negative impact on us all. Chronic stress in particular can disrupt nearly every system in the body. It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. It can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. Stress can also cause headaches, neck and back stiffness, nausea, sleep deprivation, muscle aches and pains. If left untreated, these conditions can become worse, leading to chronic pain issues.
If you suffer from stress, it’s important to address your physical symptoms as soon as possible. Reducing the impact of stress on your body will help to clear your mind and allow some of your emotional stress to decrease. Making certain lifestyle changes like reducing your exposure to environmental stress, improving your diet, exercise, and making changes in your work life will help to reduce worry and becoming over-worked. Having treatments that will address the physical aspects of your stress will make an enormous difference. In fact, studies show that regular chiropractic treatments can lower blood pressure, improve your digestive functions, and relieve pain. Three things that are necessary to have both good physical and emotional health!
How can Chiropractic treatment help?
At chiro & Sports Med, we treat many patients suffering from stress. We see patients with tight tense muscles, posture issues and poor sleep, all the result of constant stress and worry. The next time you feel stressed out, check your posture. Are you clenched up and tight? Hunched over in an effort to shield yourself from the things that worry you? You probably are! It’s human instinct to huddle down in protective mode. But constantly being ‘on guard’ will lead to a whole host of problems with your back and spine.
Chiropractic treatment is focused around the root of the nervous system – the channels through which impulses travel between the body and the brain. If these impulses are impeded by cramped and seized muscles, their functions begin to suffer.
Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident or experiencing injury. You may suffer from a specific condition like chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury. We are here to improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.