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Reduce your Holiday Stress with Chiropractic Care!

Sometimes the most wonderful time of the year may not always have you feeling so wonderful. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and let stress take over. This article will explain how chiropractic care can help naturally reduce holiday stress, making all your days merry and bright.

Many people are surprised to learn that receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can significantly lower stress levels. A Japanese research study conducted in 2011 showed that receiving weekly chiropractic adjustments, played a powerful role in lowering stress levels and improving overall wellness. The volunteers of the study would receive an adjustment immediately followed by a brain analysis (PET scan) to monitor brain activity. They would also give saliva samples to track any changes in their hormone levels.

Over a two month span volunteers demonstrated reduced cortisol levels, which is one of the major stress hormones and clearly indicated less stress. The volunteers also reported reduced pain scores, an improved quality of life, and overall improved health and wellness.
So how does this all work?

When we encounter stressful situations whether it be from emotional, situational, or physical stress, our bodies will activate the sympathetic nervous system. This response is often called the stress response or “fight or flight” mode. With extended stimulus to stress our bodies will then trigger a release of adrenaline. When this is released, specific bodily functions occur including pupil dilation, increased sweating, increased heart rate, muscle tension, and increased blood pressure. With prolonged exposure to stress, these effects can be long lasting, causing your body to work overtime.

Chiropractic care is designed to restore optimal function to the nervous system, which contains the brain and spinal cord. Your spine is literally the backbone of your neurological system. Your brain controls everything including functions such as sleeping, eating, and breathing, with the help of the spine. Adjustment are vital during stressful times because they will help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which will significantly calm the stress response, and restore your body to it’s natural balance. The adjustments will also help loosen the muscle tension that is so commonly associated with stress.

So when your out and about finishing up that last minute holiday shopping be sure to take a few minutes out of your day to visit your chiropractor to receive that stress reducing adjustment.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

Shared from Active Life Chiropractic