Stress Is Good For You!

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STRESS, we have all heard of it, and most of us have even experienced it at some point in our lives. Some of us may even be constantly surrounded by stressful situations every day.

The question is, how can we recognize that we are stressed and what are the effects of stress on our bodies?

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Is there such a thing as good stress and bad stress? Well actually, stress might be a little helpful sometimes as it is a natural mental and physical response to highly demanding situations which then helps to improve our focus and performance be it in a working environment or home environment. However, the trouble arises when we live with high levels of stress over a prolonged period of time causing a negative impact on our overall health.

According to a recent UK-wide study by the Mental Health Foundation, a Whopping three quarters of adults (74%) have at some point over the past year felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

What actually happens to our bodies when we are under stress?

The human body is very intelligent as it perceives stress into a flight-or fight response.  When the natural stress response goes into overdrive that’s when we experience symptoms such as pain, irritability, anxiety, muscle tension and stiffness, headaches or migraines, suppressed immune system, brain fog/loss of concentration and fatigue.

Chiropractic care and physiotherapy is known to be hugely beneficial in the treatment of the symptoms of stress. Again, bear in mind that we cannot treat the cause of your stress but we can certainly aid with the associated symptoms mentioned above.

How chiropractic/physiotherapy sessions can help:

  1. Chiropractic / Physiotherapy has a positive effect on muscle pain and tension

Chronic stress often results in pain, which in turn can cause stress as well. It can become a viscious cycle. You may feel  like you’re unable to perform what used to be everyday tasks or participate in activities you used to enjoy (which also helped alleviate your stress). Regular chiropractic/physiotherapy treatments work to decrease pain and relax muscles. These benefits extend to improved quality of life, further reducing anxiety and stress.

  1. It has a positive effect on the Central Nervous System

Chiropractic care is also beneficial for the central nervous system (CNS), which controls how your body reacts to stress. A healthy central nervous system contributes to general health and wellness because it helps control mood and whole-body health. By adjusting the spine, chiropractic care is fundamentally enhancing the nervous system performance. Several health disorders are improved and sometimes totally cured as more and more research demonstrates how effective it is over time.

Let’s not allow the stresses in our lives to affect us and bring more harm to our bodies! As Bill Phillips once said “Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.