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Filtering Stress: In With the Good While Keeping Out the Bad

Stress is necessary to live

But the energy-endowing, problem-solving, survival instinct elements of stress have a dark side; they can take more than they give. You’ve heard people say life is all about balance; we would argue that managing good and bad stress, and how much of it is present in your daily life is a life-defining type of balance. Some studies suggest that there is a perfect amount of stress, but few of us know how to find or maintain it. 

The negative feedback loop of stress

A natural reaction to mental stress is for the body to tighten. When muscles remain protracted for long periods of time, a natural end result is spasm and pain. This physical manifestation then adds another burden back into your mental stress pot. The cycle keeps itself going so perhaps one way to stop it is to focus on one piece: the physical pain.

How chiropractic helps lower stress levels

We want to limit the part of the cycle that is caused by muscle tightness. Using chiropractic modalities and massage therapy, we break up muscle tightness and restore normal range of motion to the body. Along the way, we boost circulation which helps to oxygenate the brain and allows you to feel more in control. Finally, massage is shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, while simultaneously influencing feelings of calm and relaxation. This is how we can positively impact your stress; if you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

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