Stress presents a consistent adversary throughout every season and some seasons prove to be more stressful than others. Parents become more stressed when children endure transition periods that come with growth and maturity. Some individuals experience increased stress during holiday seasons or times of financial hardship. Families in general experience stress during times of adversity. Weddings, babies, promotions and home repairs all make the long list of potential stress triggers. Even positive events present equal and opposite concerns of worry and stress. Many people associate Chiropractic care with back and neck pain relief, yet stress reduction actually occurs as a welcome side effect of every nervous system adjustment.

Chiropractic adjustments reduce stress by increasing calming chemicals in the brain (oxytocin and neurotensin) and decreasing stress hormones in the blood. The body naturally improves resilience to stressful events through better harmony in the body’s alignment and ability to respond to stress. A need for natural stress reduction becomes more evident with each new year of evidence detailing how badly today’s population suffers from symptoms and effects of stress.

• 49% of the general population experiences anxiety, depression, substance abuse or a combination of all three.
• Today’s average high school student measures the same level of anxiety as an institutionalized psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.
• Prolonged sitting draws comparisons to the physical damage of smoking due to the harm posed to overall health and well-being.
• Text neck and tech back increased in diagnosis due to the harm of the overuse of technology in adults and children.

The brain and central nervous system processes all stress both internally and externally. Chiropractic adjustments help hit the reset button on the central nervous system, reduce stress hormones, and assist in alleviating the burden of mental and physical stress on the entire body. Research published in 2014 showed that Chiropractic adjustments reduce specific hormones in the body which carry stress and allow subjects who receive adjustments to circulate more calming chemistry throughout the blood stream. Researchers compare a spinal adjustment to the control-alt-delete mechanism on a computer. The intimate connection between the spine and the central nervous system allows every adjustment to help reset the autonomic nervous system. A calming effect subsequently occurs throughout the body.

Five additional tips to MAXIMIZE Chiropractic adjustments and REDUCE STRESS in the body:

1) Eat avocados and foods containing healthy fats
2) Engage in grounding – walking outside on grass, dirt, or sand with bare feet
3) Move the body – any form of exercise registers as good movement
4) Deep breathing – practice deep breathing 2-3x/day for 10 breaths at a time
5) Increase healthy exposure to sunlight

Years of stress accumulate and take a toll on the health, appearance, and aging of an individual. Chiropractic spinal adjustments provide critical assistance in improving longevity while reducing the acceleration of stress hormones. A Chiropractic based plan for long term health combats the consequences of trials and stress throughout any season.

Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy April 2014. “Changes in Biochemical Markers of Pain Perception and Stress Response After Spinal Manipulation”