Chiropractic Health & Wellness Blog

Dealing with Stress

May 11, 2020
While stress has been increasing in recent months and years and now with the issue with Covid 19, it's still a massive issue in the United States and has a detrimental impact on health. Sources of stress vary from person to person, but the most commonly reported causes of stress are money, work, the economy, family responsibilities and health concerns.
Thankfully, chiropractic care can help combat the symptoms of stress and help you live a better life. 

Stress in Children

According to a wide-reaching study by the American Psychological Association (APA), nearly a third of all children surveyed indicated they have experienced physical symptoms associated with stress in the month prior to the study, like trouble falling asleep, stomachaches and headaches. Even more staggering, the youth-suicide rate today is four times higher than in the 1950s.

Stress and Overall Health

The most common symptoms of stress are feeling irritable, angry, overwhelmed, anxious, fatigued and depressed.  When under stress, different areas of the body are affected. Some issues that are affected by stress and certain systems in our body that respond to stress as follows.

Musculoskeletal system: Muscles tense up and contract under stress like the back of your neck which can cause headaches, migraines and other conditions.  Upper back more between your shoulder blades that seem to always get super tight when we are stressed can cause neck pain, upper back pain and between your shoulder blades. 

Respiratory system: High stress can cause rapid breath, or hyperventilation, and trigger panic attacks and some people feel stress can cause asthma. 

Cardiovascular system: Acute stress can increase heart rate and inflammation in the coronary arteries, potentially increasing risk of stroke, higher blood pressure and more.

Endocrine system: While stressed, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, increasing risk of heart disease and diabetes. 
Nervous system: Under stress, the body will act as though it's under threat. This reaction is an innate response that has been occurring for millions of years. When the mind perceives a threat or the body experiences a shock, the body releases hormones that boost the ability to either "fight" or flee ("flight").

Most modern humans don't experience the same hazards our ancestors encountered, but this natural response has now transformed to reactions to modern day stresses—work, deadlines, traffic, illness, arguments, etc.

Lyn Lake Chiropractic can help with stress, we feel a regular adjustment and some muscle work can help people deal with their stress.

Chiropractic care is essential to the healthy function of the nervous system, which contains the brain and spinal cord. Chiropractic adjustments activate the parasympathetic system, which calms the "fight or flight" reaction triggered in the sympathetic system. Research has also shown that chiropractic can reduce blood pressure.  Our chiropractors will also give you things do do at home such as stretching, proper ergonomics and if needed can point you in the right direction to talk to a PT to help you set up a personal stretching routine. 

Call one of our three clinics to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and stress. We offer free consultations which means you can call or stop by and see if what you are dealing with is something Lyn Lake Chiropractic can help better your life. 
 

Did you know we now have three Lyn Lake Chiropractic locations? If you're on the North side of Minneapolis, look us up! Or in the St Paul area, check us out!