Stress is one of those sneaky physical responses your body starts to activate when the pressures of life start to mount up. Some stress is good, especially when your body needs a quick boost of energy for those fight-or-flight situations, but daily stress can negatively inundate every area of your life. Before you realize it, you may start to feel emotionally zapped and mentally and physically exhausted, even during the simplest tasks. What used to be an easy run at the gym can turn into an uphill, painful climb up a mountain. Why? Stress sucks up energy.
Trophy Club chiropractor Dr. Doyle discusses seven ways stress may be affecting your body unexpectedly and how chiropractic care can help mitigate its effects. Read on to learn more. You can also schedule a consultation online or by calling (817) 767-5430.
It Can Cause Back Pain
When you’re under stress, your heart rate and blood pressure start to increase and your body pumps out adrenaline and cortisol to help ward off the attack. Your body is intended to enter into a fight-or-flight encounter once the hormones release so you can use up the excess adrenaline and cortisol naturally. However – the types of stress you encounter on a daily basis don’t always require a physical response. Oftentimes, you’re sitting at your desk answering a stern email from your boss or talking on the phone with an upset client. As the weeks, months, and years go on, stress can cause your muscles to tighten and your back to ache. This may be amplified if you sit at a desk all day or have a long commute to work.
It Can Make it Difficult to Stay Active
And by active, we mean both in the sheets and at the gym. Stress can affect your libido and cause a decline in energy. You not only lose your desire to stay physically active – but by the time you get home from work, all you want to do is go straight to bed. That’s no way for anyone to live.
It Can Cause Weight Gain
Yes, the lack of activity can most certainly lead to steady weight gain, but those who stay active may also find it difficult to lose weight and stay toned if they live stressful lives. This is due in part to your body’s inability to properly flush out excess cortisol, which in turn affects your hormone levels. But it may also be due to poor eating habits. People who are stressed have a tendency to overeat and snack on carbohydrates.
It Can Cause Jaw Pain
Do you wake up in the mornings with a sore jaw? Do you notice a popping sound when you bite down or chew? You may have inflamed temporomandibular joints – also known as TMJ disorder. These hinge joints are what connect your top and bottom jaws and give you the ability to open and close it. While they can get inflamed from teeth disorders, if you’re continually stressed, you may develop this issue from a subtle habit of grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. This bad habit often occurs unknowingly during the night when you sleep or sporadically throughout the day during your commute or hectic moments at work.
So How Do You Fix It?
The first step is taking a look at your lifestyle and seeing if there is anything you can cut out to lower your stress levels. Once you’ve done this, you can start implementing some good self-care habits into your daily routine, such as yoga, meditation, walks around your office building, and stretching every half hour in your office.
You can also sit down with our Trophy Club chiropractor Dr. Doyle to discuss your specific symptoms. Some of the treatments below have been shown to effectively reduce stress:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Herbal therapies
- Detoxification programs
It is important to note that we are not directly treating the stress with acupuncture. Our approach is to treat dysfunction in very specific points within your musculoskeletal tissues. Treating these has been shown to have a wide range of health benefits on the body.
Visit Your Trophy Club Chiropractor
To learn more about ways to reduce stress and reverse its negative side effects – please contact us online or call (817) 767-5430 to meet with Trophy Club chiropractor Dr. Doyle. He proudly serves residents living in the surrounding areas.