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How Stress Affects Your Body and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

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About 77 percent of individuals have stress that affects their physical wellbeing. Stress has a range of adverse effects on your body, and even low-grade stress can show itself in a range of ways. You might have a sore and stiff neck, headache, back pain, and digestive problems and notice you get sick often. Getting chiropractic care is one way of managing these issues. Keep reading to learn more about your spinal health.

The Effect on Your Body from Stress

Low-grade stress might negatively impact your decisions each day, adversely affecting your health. If you are stressed, you might not be as likely to exercise, and you may find yourself stress-eating. That includes foods high in fat and sugar. Plus, stress reduces your body’s ability to sleep deeply, increasing your stress levels. It also affects your mental health. If you are always stressed, you might not form deep relationships, and it is harder to make significant decisions. You also have less peace of mind.

The Role of Your Spine

Many times, the physical repercussions of stress can impact your spine. Spine problems are one of the least thought-about signs of chronic stress. Think about your posture and the tension you involuntarily place on your neck and shoulders when you feel anxious. You might have tense muscles, and you may not have the best breathing patterns. These changes cause muscle spasms on your neck and back and can each shift the alignment of your vertebrae, causing very painful issues. For example, too much tension causes the spine to be in an unnatural position because of muscle contractions. That reduces your immune response, slowing down the healing process. Remember, almost every function of your body connects with spinal health.

Using Chiropractic Care to Reduce Your Stress

Stress has several categories, but each one has a similar impact on your body. It is critical to managing your stress levels to stay happy and healthy. Chiropractic care offers a way to manage that stress. Some research has suggested that people who have this care have a better quality of life and lower stress levels. If you want to reduce your stress, getting chiropractic care is one of the easiest ways to remove different kinds of stress, impacting your happiness and health naturally without the harmful effects of medication!  External actions are essential to managing stress, but your body also needs to adapt and respond to your environment. That means that chiropractic care can reduce these problems, allowing your body to heal itself better. A chiropractor will personalize your care, and that allows you to manage your stress better. You can get a unique protocol to meet your needs. The chiropractor provider can suggest lifestyle and dietary changes that include exercise, relaxation, and the best foods to manage your health.

Closing Thoughts

It is impossible to eliminate stress in many cases. Still, it is possible to manage it better and reduce its impact on your overall health and spine. A chiropractor can help you work with your primary health care provider and incorporate strategies to manage your stress. Making an appointment today is your first step toward a better life.

About The Author

Dr. Terry McSweeney was born in Cork, Ireland, and has lived in New Jersey since 1986 when he started practicing Chiropractic Medicine in Newark. He opened the door to his private practice “Mount Prospect Health Center,” in 1989, focusing on family and general chiropractic and then expanding to acupuncture and pain management. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration and participation have led him to volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Dr. McSweeney graduated from undergraduate school at McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and received his chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College.  Dr. McSweeney is certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia. He is a member of both the New Jersey Chiropractic Society and American Chiropractic Society; he is also a board member of the Mount Prospect Partnership and director of Mayor Quintana’s Health Program.

About Mount Prospect Health Center

Mount Prospect Health Center is a multi-disciplinary medical facility located in Newark, NJ. Our specialties include chiropractic, orthopedics, pain management, and physical therapy. Visit our website at to learn more about us. Call (973) 485-2332 to book your appointment and get on the road to recovery!