Prolonged stress can not only worsen the symptoms of other medical issues, but also can be problematic on its own. The negative effects of stress and inflammation are now better understood than ever before, and we are seeing the results of the toxic combination in everything from depression and anxiety to cardiac problems, high blood pressure, headaches and other serious conditions. Of course, it is important to note that prolonged stress does not always lead to more serious illness, but it is important to pay attention to the role stress has in your life so that you can work to reduce it or even eliminate the stress in your life.
Natural Ways to Reduce Stress
Advanced Medical of Twin Cities is an excellent resource to help you begin the process of reducing the stress in your life. Our primary treatments—chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, and acupuncture—are important components in the battle against stress. Each treatment is also an effective measure against inflammation and is natural so that it does not involve taking over the counter or prescription medication.
Chiropractic adjustments contribute to stress reduction in several ways. A chiropractic adjustment helps your body’s frame get back into proper alignment and balance, which is a great first step in reducing stress. To illustrate this point, think back to a time when someone encouraged you to sit up straight. If you were encouraged to do so as a child, you probably did as you were told without noticing anything. But, as an adult, if you sit up straight, you are likely to feel the immediate release of stress in your lower back. A spinal adjustment can help you feel less strain on the muscles supporting your back.
Therapeutic Massage To Manage Stress
After a chiropractic adjustment, we often recommend therapeutic massage. Just as you felt a release of muscular tension when you sat up straight, you are also likely to notice that your muscles can be tight and sore after prolonged tension. Massage therapy works the built up waste material—lactic acid—out of muscle tissue and provides a sense of ease in muscles that had been overused before. The release of lactic acid from muscle tissue also has the effect of igniting the immune system, which can result in a greater overall sense of wellness. In other words, a further reduction of stress.
Acupuncture is an effective compliment to chiropractic and massage. The targeted insertion of ultrafine needles releases energy and encourages the body’s self-healing mechanisms to kick into gear. The combination of chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture is among the most effective combatants of stress available. You can take control over your stress so that it does not control you. Call us at (763) 541-1280 to schedule an appointment.