Feeling stressed out? Stress is thought to be a normal part of life. The good news is that the body can easily handle short-term stress. The bad news is that sustained periods of stress can have a harmful impact on general health. One safe and healthy way to manage stress is through chiropractic.
Our team at Shipman Chiropractic approaches stress management holistically, providing tools and techniques to reduce stress levels. Learn more about stress management and how our specialists can help you.
What Causes Stress?
There are many reasons for high-stress levels. New job responsibilities and major life changes are common triggers. In fact, work stress is the biggest source of stress for 40 percent of American employees. Working long hours or having poor management can lead to work stress. As for life stresses, divorce, job loss, chronic illness, being a primary caregiver and traumatic events are just a handful of triggers reported. Everyone copes with stress differently. A person’s stress level can stay relatively low or be so high and sustained that it leads to illness.
Long-term stress is an issue. The body easily recovers from a brief stressful situation, with the body demonstrating the “fight or flight” response, exhibiting an increase in heartbeat and breathing rates. On the other hand, chronic stress and unhealthy coping mechanisms can often pose a problem.
The Impact of Stress on the Body
What can long-term stress do? The body experiences a continuous stream of stress hormones, placing a burden on it. Individuals dealing with chronic stress appear to age faster and are more likely to become ill. Serious health conditions due to unaddressed chronic stress include skin problems, asthmatic flare-ups, ulcers, heart attacks, heart disease, abnormal heartbeat, high blood pressure, depression, and tight muscles that can cause headaches, back and neck pain. These conditions can continue to worsen over time if left untreated.
Stress Management: How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care is an approach to treatment that looks at the many facets impacting your health. After an exam and a review of your medical history, your chiropractor will tailor a treatment program designed to reduce stress levels. Chiropractic adjustments have been known to promote relaxation and improve hormonal balance. Specific exercises and take-home suggestions may also be incorporated into your individualized treatment program.
Shipman Chiropractic Works with You
Speak to one of our knowledgeable team members to understand your options. Call (563) 359-1985 to schedule your first appointment today.