Many people suffer from stress and anxiety, two of the most prevalent mental health problems. Keeping up with the pace of modern life can be difficult, causing stress and anxiety for some people. Although medication and therapy are two common options for relieving symptoms, many patients prefer to try something else first. We will explore the role of chiropractic care in managing stress and anxiety, its benefits, and how it works. We will also review supporting research and studies to provide evidence of its effectiveness.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care manages spine and muscle and joint problems. Chiropractors believe that spinal and musculoskeletal alignment can heal the body without medication or surgery.
Here are some of the techniques commonly used in chiropractic care:
- Spinal adjustments: A technique where a chiropractor uses their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to the spine to improve its alignment and restore normal function.
- Mobilization: A gentler technique that involves the passive movement of a joint to improve its range of motion and relieve pain.
- Soft tissue therapy: A technique that involves the manipulation of soft tissue, such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons, to improve function and relieve pain.
- Massage therapy: A technique that involves the manual manipulation of soft tissue to improve circulation, reduce tension, and promote relaxation.
Chiropractors may also provide lifestyle and nutritional counseling and recommend exercises and stretches to improve physical function and prevent future injuries. Still, it can also play a vital role in managing stress and anxiety by improving the Body’s overall physical function and reducing muscle tension.
Stress and Anxiety Profound Effect on the Body
Anxiety and stress can have serious psychological and physiological effects on the human body. Hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released in the body in response to stress, and they can raise the body’s core temperature, blood pressure, and muscle tension.
The physical effects of stress and anxiety can be particularly problematic when they are prolonged or chronic. High levels of stress hormones such as cortisol can cause inflammation in the body, leading to a range of health problems.
Chronic stress has been linked to a weakened immune system, which can make it harder for the body to fight off infections and illnesses. Both can also cause digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, and stomach ulcers.
Furthermore, it can have a significant impact on mental health. This can lead to feelings of depression, irritability, and fatigue. It can also make concentrating difficult, affecting work performance and personal relationships.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care to Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Non-invasive and drug-free approach
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to treating anxiety. It may be an attractive option for those who prefer to avoid medication or cannot take it due to personal or medical reasons. Chiropractic care is considered a safe and effective alternative to traditional medical treatments.
Reduction of physical symptoms
Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, and fatigue. Chiropractic care can help reduce these symptoms by improving physical function and reducing muscle tension, which can help the body better cope with stress and anxiety.
Improvement in overall well-being
Chiropractic care is not only effective in treating specific physical symptoms but can also improve overall well-being. By promoting proper alignment and function of the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care can help improve posture, increase energy levels, and enhance mood, which can all contribute to a more positive outlook and reduced anxiety.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage Stress and Anxiety
Chiropractic care can help manage stress and anxiety in several ways. Firstly, chiropractic adjustments can help reduce tension in the muscles and improve blood flow, which can help alleviate physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.
This is achieved by applying a controlled force to the spine to improve its alignment and restore normal function. The adjustment technique used will depend on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
Secondly, chiropractic care can affect the nervous system by improving communication between the brain and the body. The nervous system controls the body’s response to stress, and by improving its function, the body can better adapt to stress and anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research found that chiropractic care can reduce anxiety symptoms and improve heart rate variability, a measure of the body’s ability to adapt to stress.
Thirdly, chiropractors believe in the mind-body connection, and addressing physical imbalances through chiropractic care may improve mental and emotional imbalances as well. By improving the body’s physical function, patients may experience reduced stress and anxiety.
Additionally, chiropractic care can help improve sleep quality, which is essential for managing stress and anxiety. Poor sleep can exacerbate symptoms of stress and anxiety, and chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate pain and discomfort that can disrupt sleep.
Moving the bones and restoring them to their natural balance through adjustments can help relieve many pressures over time. Additionally, individuals need to continue caring for themselves outside the treatment by eating healthy, resting, slowing down, and taking regular daily breaks.
However, if you manage your stress or anxiety, seek professional guidance to ensure you are going about your treatment in the best and safest way possible. Taking steps now can make a significant difference in short and long-term well-being. For more information on this subject, check out our recently published blogs at Peterson Chiropractic.