Can chiropractic reduce stress?
It’s well-known that chiropractic care is a drug-free way to improve back and neck pain. What’s seldom realized is that regular adjustments also increase overall well-being. Based on recent studies, patients report reduced stress and improved health after chiropractic treatment.
The reason lies in how the body responds to ongoing pain. Pain in the form of migraines or simple misalignments from sitting at a desk all day cause physical tension. With time, this tension causes the body to overcompensate, increasing stress, kicking the immune system into overdrive and putting health at risk.
Studies show that stress impacts the body the same way that poor diet, lack of sleep or a sedentary lifestyle would.
As our brain processes both physical and emotional stressors, it sends signals through the neural and endocrine pathways to the cardiovascular, immune and digestive systems. Heart disease, insomnia, insulin resistance, mood disorders or suppressed immunity are the result.
Chiropractors believe the body has the amazing, innate ability to heal itself. Their job is to remove vertebral subluxations and create an environment that begins the healing process. The focus is on proper spine alignment so there is no compression or irritation to spinal joints and nerves. Reduced pain and stress ultimately boosts immunity.
In one study, scientists monitored twelve men and women with neck pain after receiving an adjustment. Using PET scans, they discovered changed activity in the areas of the brain responsible for processing pain and stress. Cortisol levels, the principle hormone tied to our “flight-or-fight” response, were significantly reduced, indicating decreased stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.
The bottom line is that chiropractic care addresses the whole body and patients can benefit from a natural, drugless approach to reaching their health goals. We offer free consultations to help you live a happier, healthier life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.