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Posted on 01-03-2016

Is Stress Causing my Pain

Stress is a factor of life that is a result from a variety of scenarios such as work pressure, home problems and even mental exhaustion. It is not the same for each individual, the causes are different for each as well as the symptoms and effects. Stress in minimal amounts is not always a negative as it can increase awareness and response, such as catching a child falling down or sudden braking before hitting a car. Long-term or chronic stress, however, can have a big impact not only on emotions but also physically. While considered an emotional response, stress can cause physical ailments that impede on the ability to go about everyday tasks.

The physical impact of stress

Just a few of the physical impacts of stress:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Quickened breathing
  • Muscle tension
  • Nervousness or shaking
  • Jaw clenching
  • Increased risk of illness

Muscle tension is the body’s natural reaction to prevent injury or pain from something and it's done to protect the body. However, chronic stress can cause muscle tension for long periods of time which leads to pain throughout the body and pressure on the nerves. Tension on most individuals is held in their shoulders and in the back; decline in proper posture can increase the tension in these areas. Stress in large amounts or for long periods of time does not affect just one area of the body but impacts one area that leads to impacts on others such as tension in the shoulders leading to headaches or poor posture which in turn leads to back pains.

Options for relief

While stress is a reality of everyday life, there are treatments and options to help with the ailments caused. First would be to reduce the stress in one’s life and/or reevaluate how it's handled. Taking small breaks during the day and stepping away from a problem for even just a few minutes can improve clear thinking and reduce breathing. For physical ailments, chiropractic and massage treatments can reduce pressure, ease muscle tension, adjust posture and provide physical relief. Reduction in pain allows for clearer thinking and possibly a reduce in stress which in turn reduces pain and discomfort. Contact us to learn more about chiropractic treatments and how they can ease the pains of stress.

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