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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jerod Posey

New Year, Less Stress

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Bottom Line:

Did you know that recent studies indicate that over 54% of people are stressed by the amount of stress in their lives? That’s a lot of stress! Stress in our shoulders. Stress in our neck. It’s no secret that muscle tension in those areas can contribute to headaches and neck and back pain. What you may not know, however, is that chronic stress can decrease your energy levels, increasing you’re the likelihood that you’ll experience irritability, illness, and even depression. Hold on – there’s good news on the other side of that coin! There are, in fact, some very simple ways that you can begin to lower your stress levels and boost your energy levels dramatically. Keep reading…

Why it Matters:

Motion is the first and best way to improve your overall health and happiness. We know we are built to move. We are not meant to be sedentary creatures, and improving our spinal or segmental motion is one way that Chiropractic adjustments can help you move and feel better. How? Studies have shown that chiropractic care can significantly reduce that nagging muscle tension in the shoulders, positively impacting your pain, stress levels, and range of motion. Researchers observed:

  • A bilateral reduction in cervical muscle tension following a Chiropractic adjustment.

  • Metabolic changes in the brain and skeletal muscles, as well as reductions in subjective pain and muscle tension following a Chiropractic adjustment.

Next Steps:

Get active. Get adjusted. And, if you know someone who gets predictably sick or stressed every year around the holidays, show them you care and share this research. You may be able to help them have a happier and healthier holiday season!

Science Source: Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2017. Article ID 4345703, Central Motor Excitability Changes After Spinal Manipulation: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 25. Number 1. January 2002

Stress in America Survey. American Psychological Association. 2010

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