If you’re feeling stressed about the holidays this year, you aren’t alone. Despite its cheery atmosphere, the holiday season is when many Americans struggle with stress—and related anxiety and depression.
This doesn't just take a toll on your mental health. It can also affect your physical health. Stress can cause problems like headaches, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, and back and neck pain. Your Chiropractor can provide neck pain and headache treatments to help.
Stress is a common trigger for migraines and tension-type headaches. This is related to the impact stress has on the body’s hormones. When you get stressed, your body’s fight-or-flight instinct initiates. This is a biological response your brain has developed to protect against threats.
As part of this response, your brain increases the production of cortisol. Also called the "stress hormone," cortisol causes physiological symptoms like increased heart rate, sweating, and rapid breathing. This hormonal fluctuation can also result in headaches.
When you’re stressed, you also react physically, tightening up your muscles. Constricting your back and neck muscles—for example, by hunching up your shoulders in a defensive stance—can result in tension and pain.
Chiropractic care has been shown to treat migraines and tension-type headaches successfully. It’s also proven to improve back and neck pain. Chiropractic care encompasses diverse techniques to treat these conditions, taking a holistic approach that targets the entire musculoskeletal system.
Spinal decompression may be used to correct spinal misalignment causing tension in the back and neck. In this procedure, the spine is gently stretched, allowing vertebrae to be realigned.
Don’t wait for holiday stress to make you ill. Schedule an appointment with Grand Oak Healthcare to alleviate tension and improve your physical and mental wellbeing. This chiropractic health center has been in business since 1973 and has treated over 17,000 patients. Our team is prepared to help you this holiday season.
Call our Athens location at (706) 543-2584 to schedule an appointment today. Or our Loganville location at (770) 687-2655 to schedule an appointment today.