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The Link Between Your Stress and Your Spine

People in the Southeast Houston, Friendswood, Clear Lake, League City, and Pearland areas keep asking me about: The Link Between Your Stress and Your Spine

Bottom Line:

Your stress level and spinal health are linked through your nervous system.

Just think about what happens to you physically when you get stressed out.

Your muscles tense, your breathing patterns change, and often, so does the way you move. Changes in your posture or muscle stiffness, for example, can lead to neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and more – all in response to the stress you’re feeling.

Why it Matters:

Stress often triggers some cycle of pain or dysfunction, and the process is coordinated through your nervous, immune, and musculoskeletal systems.

Here's an example. If you're stressed out, you may notice you start to increase your breathing rate or breathe more shallowly, which may lead to pain and stiffness, which may bring your mental health down, which may in turn lead to more stress.

You should know, we can help you combat the effects of stress on your body.

Let’s look at an alternative…

  • Stress can affect your posture and the way you move.

  • That abnormal motion can lead to tightness and stiffness which can lead to pain and inflammation.

  • A thorough assessment can get to the root cause of your problem and give you an individualized care plan to address your pain levels fast.

  • Fascial manipulation and dry needling to the body can help improve your posture, the way you move, the way you exercise and train, and lessen any physical irritation to your body.

  • This all leads to reduced physical and mental stress on the body.

Next Steps:

Every single person has a personalized musculoskeletal history. Your body tells a story. In short, movement, exercise, breathing drills, and home mobilization are some of the best natural "medicines" for bringing down those stress levels and improving the way you move and feel. In fact, daily exercise has been shown to lower stress levels, elevate moods, and improve overall health.

Between workout sessions, facial manipulation and dry needling can allow the body to function optimally and keep you moving well and keep any pains at bay so you can get the daily exercise you need to stay well this holiday season.

So, if you are looking for a natural way to relieve those aches and pains so you can get back to being active, we hope you’ll give us a call!

Stay Strong, Inspire Others!

Science Source(s):

Neurophysiological Effects of Spinal Manipulation. The Spine Journal. 2002.

The Interaction Effect of Posture and Psychological Stress. EHAWC. 2011.

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