Stress is a part of all of our lives, there's just no escaping it. Taking steps to manage life's stresses is vital to reaching your full potential. When you visit Chiro One, one of our goals is to help you deal with the stresses that life is sure to throw your way and to provide the support you need to thrive in spite of it, on every level.
The ways that chiropractic adjustments improve your ability to better manage stress might not seem intuitive. But we know from experience that they're a crucial component of a lower stress lifestyle. "Chiropractic adjustments involve the neurology of the limbic system of your brain, which is tied to your emotions," says Travis Russell, D.C., Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Naperville, who says regular adjustments allow patients to experience balanced moods and regulated emotional responses. "Regular adjustments also release tension and reduce spinal subluxations, allowing our patients to process stress in a more optimal way."
Long-term stress is hard on your body. When you're dealing with it, your body is in a constant panic mode, which means there are chemical changes at play. This may cause your blood pressure to increase, or you may feel exhausted. You'll also likely experience increased levels of certain hormones, like cortisol. Cortisol is linked to increased belly fat and higher levels of inflammation in the body. And increased inflammation is associated with many chronic illnesses. Taking steps to keep stress under control is critical to managing not only how you feel, but what's going on inside your body as well.
A constant state of stress just plain feels bad. Consider Chiro One a safe haven for voicing how you feel and what you're dealing with. Our doctors are here to listen and provide ideas for how to manage the stressful situations within your control. Dr. Travis believes that the less stress his patients experience, the higher quality of life they'll have, so he encourages them to find writings or teachings that inspire them and make them feel stronger. His number one recommendation is the book The Breakthrough Experience by author and educator, John Demartini.
But Dr. Travis recognizes that not all things work for all people, so he recommends using trial and error to find what helps you feel better. "I refer patients to things that I've read, but also to guided imagery, meditation and exercise, says Dr. Travis. "We all have activities that make us feel better because they release 'feel good' chemicals, like dopamine, in the brain. Find a healthy habit that gives you that same response and make it a regular part of your life."