No matter what you do to try and keep your life relaxing and fun, some situations are going to arise that cause you stress. There's nothing that you can do to prevent those kinds of things from happening. What you can do, however, is have control over how you react to such occurrences.

Some people are going to head to the gym to sweat it out. Others will take a vacation or even go on a shopping spree to refresh and recharge. There's another tactic that works well to reduce or eliminate stress, and that's visiting a chiropractor. Find out what you can accomplish by getting an adjustment by one of the experts.

What Causes Stress?

If you are someone that suffers from stress on a regular basis, you probably already know what triggers the feeling inside of you. You might be a person that doesn't have to deal with the issue all that often if you're lucky. When it happens, you could be stuck feeling confused trying to figure out where it came from. There are a plethora of reasons why you might start stressing out. When you think you might be reaching that point, think about whether or not you're dealing with any of these potential causes right now:

  • Work-related problems (working long hours, working in unsafe conditions, poor management, etc.)
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Financial struggles
  • Emotional issues (guilt, low-self esteem, anger, anxiety)
  • Trauma
  • Moving

Most of these events are ones that you cannot keep from happening. If you're someone that lets things flow, the happenings may not bother you all that much. You might be someone that worries yourself to the point of being sick to your stomach about it. That's when the stress emotion kicks in.

What Stress Can do to Your Body

Stress is an emotional state, and when you are under it, there are going to be other mental issues that come about because of it when you don't correctly deal with it. You're going to have a difficult time focusing on anything because all you are going to want to do is stop the horrible way that you're feeling. It could be the direct reason why other emotions start surfacing like depression or anxiety. When it's not adequately alleviated, your immune system can weaken as well, and you may get sick.

More than just taking over your psychological world, stress can have a physical effect on your body. Your muscles will tense up as a reflex to protect your body from pain and injury. Even though the stress is in your mind, your body is still going to try and defend itself. That tension leads to pain and discomfort from chronic muscle tension as well as migraine headaches.

Additionally, your nervous system is going to kick in and try and save you from the feelings that you are having. Your nervous system and spinal cord are the control centers for your body, and energy is going to be created there for a fight or flight type of response to the event. It's not going to necessarily cause a problem with the nervous system directly. However, when the nervous system is working in overdrive, it's sending out messages to other parts of the body that can become more significant issues without treatment.

How A Chiropractor Can Help

Reducing Muscle Tension

There are several things that a qualified chiropractic doctor can do to help in relieving stress. First of all, he or she is going to be able to make the physical adjustments in your neck and spine to reduce the muscle tension and get the nervous system firing the way that it should be again. That natural balance inside your muscles, joints, bones, and tendons is automatically going to restore, even if the stress-causing situation hasn't gone anywhere.

Proper Functioning Restoration

The control center is found in your spine and neurological system. Stress will cause this part of your body to move physically, and regular function is affected. You may have had trouble swallowing or breathing without any medical condition. It's because of the tension and movement in the spine. A chiropractor can put everything back in line and restore that function for you.

Take Home Techniques

Good posture and relaxation techniques are two things that your chiropractor can teach you while you are getting treatment. They are practices that you can take home with you and work on. Over time, you will get better in both areas, and your stress levels will automatically go down as long as you are implementing them.

Counseling on Eating Well

Finally, most chiropractors can talk to you about healthy eating habits. When you're under stress, chances are you are reaching for the foods that make you feel better. That can be causing you more harm than good. There are certain vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Foods like avocados, cashews, and berries hold the nutrients that are going to help lower stress levels and put you in a better mood.

The Natural Cure

There are a plethora of people that will visit their medical doctors when they become overwhelmed with life. In many of those instances, they are going to be given a prescription medication to help with the problem. While it may work for a short time, in reality, it's just putting a band-aid on the situation. When the medication runs out, the issue is still there.

Unless you want to take drugs for the rest of your life to deal with stressful situations, you have to find the root of the problem and clear up it. A chiropractor can help with that. With techniques for reducing muscle tension, regaining proper body functioning, learning proper posture and relaxation techniques, and eating a well-balanced diet, your stress levels will go down. Those are all lifestyle goals that your chiropractic office can help you achieve.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Brent Wells graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor's of science degree. Then he moved on to Western States Chiropractic College to earn his doctorate. He and his wife founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998.

He became passionate about being an Anchorage Alaska chiropractor after his own experiences with medical doctors. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with overall better health.

He continues his education in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and much more.