While stress can be, well, stressful, it can cause other effects on your body. In fact, there are three different types of stress that your body can experience: physical, emotional, and chemical.
Frequent visits with a chiropractor is a powerful way to help alleviate the effects of that stress on your body. But it’s also important to understand the origins of that stress and find other ways to help reduce that stress.
Stress & Your Body
Every day, our bodies support us both physically and emotionally. So when your body undergoes a large amount of stress, whether from external or internal factors, that stress can start to take a toll on the overall health and strength of your body.
But it’s hard to alleviate those effects of stress when you’re unsure of their source. That’s why our chiropractic team is here to help you understand the source and differences between physical, emotional, and chemical stress.
Physical stress, like the name suggests, comes from external sources. While the most obvious sources of physical stress are severe injuries or strains, that stress doesn’t have to come from a larger accident or condition. Something as small as poor posture when you sit or stand could be causing stress to your back and other joints over a long period of time. Additionally, if you’re an athlete, repetitive movements like lifting or bending could also cause stress on your different joints.
It might be surprising to hear, but emotional stress can start to have physical impacts on your overall health, something we’ve discussed in our previous blog post Working From Home — Stress and the Nervous System. If you’re stressed about work, family, friends, your day-to-day schedule, the stress that you hold in your body can start to manifest itself as fatigue, an inflamed circulatory system, tense muscles, and increased blood pressure.
While you can work to combat emotional stress through meditation, reducing your commitments, taking a soothing bath, or making more time for yourself, other chiropractic treatments can combat the physical toll that stress has taken on your body. In addition to chiropractic care, couple that treatment with acupuncture and massage therapy sessions to target the emotional stress in your body.
Chemical imbalances in your body act as another stressor on your system, inhibiting certain bodily functions. These imbalances can come from an internal source — like an improper diet, smoking, alcohol, or taking the incorrect medication — or an external source — like dangerous environmental factors or exposure to toxic chemicals.
Where a Chiropractor Fits in
During a chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor will focus on different areas where you hold stress, including your back, tight muscles, or sore joints. That manipulation can get your muscles to relax, releasing any excess tension they’re holding. Beyond that, a chiropractic session can increase your blood circulation, reduce pressure on your muscles and bones, and help reduce nerve pain.
If you’re not sure about the source of your stress, you can work with your chiropractor to find the best treatment plan for diagnosing and treating the effects of stress on your body.
Meet With a Senara Chiropractor
We hope that by understanding the types of stress your body can have, you’re able to take the proper steps to keep your body strong and healthy. Our team of chiropractors at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria are always here to help you Live Life Well, whether that means alleviating your stress through some combination of chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, or physical therapy. Request an appointment at our Chiropractic & Acupuncture center today!
Learn more about the ways our Peoria chiropractor can help — and how to alleviate the effects of physical, emotional, and chemical stress on your body — when you read through our previous blog posts: