Stress and back pain

From Stress to Pain and Back Again

Stress and back pain perpetuate each other

Stress is a condition of mental or emotional strain that results from overwhelming or demanding factors. At its most useful, external stressors provoke the fight-or-flight response which helps you perform better during a given task. But anything beyond this and stress starts to take a toll on well-being. One way that stress manifests itself physically is through muscle tension: chronic stress provokes muscles of the body to tighten as a preventative tactic for avoiding injury. This near constant state of contractedness can have a direct impact on spinal health. Back pain then causes mental anguish which perpetuates the stress further. So how do we break ourselves out of this vicious cycle?  

How stress causes subluxation

When the muscles in your back remain contracted for long periods of time, a frequent result is subluxation, in which vertebral bodies move out of alignment. According to the root of chiropractic theory, such misalignment is responsible for pressurizing nerves that exit at each level of the spine. This causes not only pain, but neural dysfunction, that can exacerbate the severity of your stress. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we address subluxation to help reduce one of stress’s major inputs: pain. 

Addressing stress by correcting subluxation in Milpitas

At our office in Milpitas, we are dedicated to helping you find solutions that improve your overall well-being. We understand that chiropractic is not a mental health discipline. But if stress is a constant concern, and physical pain in the back is a part of that stress, we want to offer you our services that use natural modalities to reduce pain and improve nervous system function. Spinal adjustment restores spinal alignment, alleviates nerve impingement and improves circulation to help oxygenate the areas of your body in need, including the brain. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

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