For most people, the last year has redefined what it means to be stressed. We’ve been working hard to balance relationships, family, health, and work to try to live our best lives, and with the addition of COVID, all of those normal stressors were cranked up a notch or twenty. We all have been trying to cope in various ways, and our bodies and minds have certainly suffered. But there is hope when dealing with stress and we don’t have to deal with it on our own. In addition to helping us learn what stresses our bodies and why, Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic can also help our minds and bodies appropriately respond to stress with neurologically-based chiropractic care in Charlotte, North Carolina.
First, let’s understand the three types of stress that impacts our mental and physical health and our overall wellbeing.
For some of us, our stress is physical – maybe the result of a car accident or a sports injury. But for some of us, our bodies experience physical stress simply by sitting at a computer for too long or because of everyday injuries like pinched nerves. When we consider how we are putting our bodies through physical stress, we can make small decisions to course-correct and prevent or relieve stress. This physical stress is considered trauma. No matter how large or small, when it impacts our physical health, it is a trauma to our central nervous system and our overall health.
Emotional stress surely feels familiar for all of us, especially after having our lives upended in the past year. This can and usually does come from relationships, work, and raising kids. Others chronically experience higher levels of anxiety, and challenging thoughts and situations can significantly impact our lives. Our thoughts have much more impact on our perspective, wellness, and overall health than we like to believe, but our thoughts can definitely have a physical impact on our wellbeing and the function of our nervous system.
Often when we are emotionally and physically stressed, we turn to things like food, smoking, or alcohol to make the daily mental challenges more manageable. If we indulge too much or aren’t aware of what we’re putting into our bodies, we can end up putting too many toxins into our system, further compounding our stress problems. Even food and drinks that we consume in moderation can introduce chemicals and toxins into our systems. Just read a few nutrition labels and you’ll quickly see that the foods you consume regularly are full of things that aren’t great for your body’s optimal function.
If you’re aware of how these stresses are impacting your life and body, you’re probably ready to make a change and turn to a chiropractor. Regular care from Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant can reduce interference in the central nervous system to improve the ways our bodies deal with stress. Studies have shown that more than 70% of chiropractic practice members that routinely undergo care experienced a significant decrease in stress levels. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Grant and Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte to not only improve your spinal alignment, but also to help you see improvements in those stressful areas of life.
Jamison, J. “Stress: The Chiropractic Patients’ Self-Perceptions.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999 Jul-Aug; 22(6): 395-398.