Stress is supposed to be useful. So why does it come to dominate our lives and harm our bodies and minds? The answer is most often because we allow it to run unchecked in our lives until we reach a wall. And at that wall, we come face to face with what is truly a silent killer. From a physiological standpoint, stress raises systemic inflammation which contributes to conditions like heart disease and cancer. Our muscles are forced to tighten as a natural defense mechanism that becomes useless after a few minutes. Chronic stress then maintains this muscle tension as it pulls our spines out of alignment, contributing to nerve impingement and accelerating the rate of spinal degeneration. Is this enough impetus to start facing down your stress? If you are ready, read on to find out how we can help you.
Also known as abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, this (most-often) degenerative condition can cause nerve impingement, radiating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the extremities. As there is no guaranteed-effective treatment for spinal stenosis, many people fall into despair at such a definitive diagnosis. However, we are here to tell you that you don't have to take this condition lying down! While the condition may be irreversible, you don't necessarily have to turn to drugs or surgery, each of which come with side effects and questionable levels of success. That being said, if you are slated for surgery, success in easing symptoms with chiropractic can be a good indicator of success post-surgery. Let's look at how chiropractic helps ease the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
While we would stop short of calling it chaos, there is a lot going on! With anticipation reaching fever pitch and spilling over into anxiety, your body is also reaching its physical limit. Abdominal muscles are stretched out completely, the baby is approaching full weight and your body is producing more relaxin, a hormone responsible for loosening pelvic ligaments in preparation for delivery. Among other things:
...and then contractions begin! The third trimester is a challenge, even for those who are expecting, or those who have experienced before, this level of physical and emotional upheaval. Chiropractic aims to help make this chaotic period a little more stable.
That means an average of 30 minutes each direction, sitting, often in traffic. And that spells bad news for your spine: the truth is, commuting and back pain go hand-in-hand. Traffic and driving cause mental anxiety which translates to muscular tension; add that to the fact that car seats are unsupportive and we generally assume poor posture in the car, and you have a perfect recipe for back pain. In order to mitigate the potential pain, you need to be proactive about the way you treat your spine while you drive. Here's a roadmap for doing just that:
Imagine a massage- the stress melting away, the restorative, rejuvenating feeling of a skilled set of hands setting your muscles free of tension. Well it turns out that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of massage. Athletes are finding that sports massage makes the difference between a quick recovery and a sore set of muscles. Let's take a look at how massage increases the speed of recovery, helps your muscles rebuild more effectively, and helps you avoid injury.