The modern world is becoming increasingly complex, and the demands on our time and attention are many. Our jobs are also more complex, and the business world has become more competitive. Physical stresses such as sound, air and water pollution have worsened over the last century. We are also, because of electronic media and the Internet, aware of troubles and tragedies around the world that previous generations would never have known about, creating anxiety. Taken together, these assaults on our senses create a physical and emotional reaction.
Chiropractors focus on and place a great deal of significance on the healthy structure of the spine and the function of the nervous system. The spinal bones serve not only to protect the delicate spinal cord but also provide the body with stability, movement and good posture.
Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments performed by a Chiropractor release muscle tension, and that helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. These changes may be enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, beginning the process of healing. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress.
Chiropractors are trained in nutritional and other therapies for stress. Chiropractors may also recommend relaxation techniques, and discuss posture and environmental changes to help recovery from chronic stress. Having your spine looked after and maintained with chiropractic adjustments, as well as living a healthier lifestyle will certainly go a long way to assisting your overall health and prevent problems in the future.
A Chiropractor cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world. What chiropractic treatment can do is help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage.
Chiropractic is based on the concept that given the opportunity, the mind and body can heal itself. In relieving some of the effects of stress, chiropractic care provides just such an opportunity.
Stretch of the Month
The Cross-Over Stretch
Start in a standing position, then:
- Cross your right leg over your left, with your feet close together.
- Slowly roll your upper body down toward the floor until you feel a gentle stretch
- (not pain!) along the back of left leg.
- Hold for 30 seconds.
- Switch legs, repeating twice on each side.
The mind is responsible for controlling many factors that affect our health. This includes things like managing stress, exercising to lower blood pressure, not smoking, limiting alcohol use, eating a good diet, and the way we naturally respond to various stressors in our lives. All of these things are controlled by the mind, but have a direct effect on the health of the body.
A person who does not have a positive attitude towards health will often let the mind take over and do things that are not good for the body.
Having a positive attitude towards health and wellness will help lead you to your goals of optimal health and wellness.