How Can Stress Affect Your Spinal Health
It has been found that more than 70% of people suffer from health related issues due to stress. The emotional and psychological effects on your body due to stress can lead to real life issues. One of those issues being back pain. The longer we wait to address the problem, the worse the symptoms of stress may become. Being able to identify the root cause of our stress can help ease the real-life pain that comes along with it. If you are under a great deal of stress and are also experiencing back pain, consider visiting a chiropractor to begin relieving some of that tension.
How does your body react?
When you undergo a stressful circumstance, your body frees hormones that end up:
- Increasing your heartbeat and breathing
- Tenses up your muscle
- Causes perspiration
Being in a stressful state of mind at all times can actually damage your body. It can even speed up your aging process.
Stress and Spinal Health:
The psychological and emotional factors that are stirred up by stress become emphasized in our heads. But it is important to remember the symptoms and pain that comes along with it is real. Stress can cause certain behaviors or actions that may lead to back pain. The muscle tension that occurs when you become stressed can lead to pain in your back. The two areas that will be affected the most include:
- Mid-back – This also includes your chest and shoulders; since your breathing patterns change during stressful situations, it can cause strain and tension to the spine.
- Lower Back – When you are stressed, it is extremely common for you to become more sedentary. This can lead to a decrease of stretching and exercising. This can lead to strain as well as poor posture.
Chiropractic Techniques that can help:
There are various techniques that chiropractors can use to help relieve stress. If your stress is not relieved properly, it can lead to future complications. Here are some techniques that chiropractors use to relieve stress:
- Gonstead Technique: Adjusts your lower back and pelvis.
- Activator Technique: Treats your lower back. This technique can treat migraines
- Flexion Distraction: Treats disc herniations, facet joint pains, and scoliosis.
- Thompson Technique: Makes patients comfortable while treating your spine.
- Diversified Technique: Like the Gonstead technique, this can be used to help adjust your lower back.
With the help of these techniques, you can relieve your body of stress sooner rather than later!
If you are someone who is experiencing stress-related health issues, you may want to consider seeing a doctor. At Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation our team provides a variety of services including chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain management, and rehabilitation. Contact us today for more information on how our team can help relieve your stress!