Stress health recognizes how stress affects the body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Stress that’s left untreated can contribute to various health problems. These include:
- Decreased energy levels
- Digestive dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rate
- Heart disease
- Mental problems
Chiropractic serves as a powerful intervention for anxiety-related symptoms.
Stress Health Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Balance
Chiropractic benefits cardiovascular health as it directly affects the nervous and other body systems that include the spinal system, the bones, joints, and muscular system, affecting the function of the cardiovascular system. Chiropractic regulates these system’s functions allowing for a moderate heart rate and blood pressure. Balanced blood pressure and heart rate can help minimize stress and anxiety, making it much easier to stay relaxed and focused. Individuals report experiencing decreased blood pressure and lower heart rate with long-term chiropractic treatment.
Cerebrospinal fluid/CSF is necessary for detoxifying the brain and helping to protect the brain. CSF transports oxygen and nutrients to the brain, helping to increase brain function efficiency. Chiropractic has been shown to increase the amount of cerebrospinal fluid delivered to the brain. This is because the spine is aligned correctly, allowing for a smooth flow of blood and nerve energy from the brain through the spine to the rest of the body. This provides:
- Sustained mental alertness
- Mental Clarity
This helps to combat mental fog or anxiety hyperactivity.
Improve Energy Levels
Chiropractic can help increase energy levels in different ways for different individuals.
- For some, this works by eliminating headaches, migraines, and other nerve dysfunction/s.
- For others, this happens by decreasing or eliminating pain symptoms.
These conditions can contribute to lowered energy levels. Constant stress can change the body’s chemistry, leading to increased stress hormones like cortisol. Over time, these hormone releases can decrease energy, causing interference with the body/brain’s natural rejuvenating processes that reduce stress. With chiropractic, the therapeutic effects help correct body chemistry and improve energy levels.
Increase Immune Function
Lymphatic fluid has a vital role in stress health and the function of the immune system. Lymphatic fluid helps separate and release:
- Bacteria from the body.
When lymphatic fluid flows smoothly and is not impeded or trapped in tissues, joints, or muscles, the immune system operates at a high level. Chiropractic helps drive lymphatic fluid out of the tissues, joints, and muscles of the body, facilitating optimal immune function.
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