A significant number of the patients who visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing have muscle tension caused by to excessive stress levels. To treat this problem, chiropractors may use a combination of soft tissue therapy and chiropractic treatments.
However, to achieve a long-term resolution, the patient must discover what is causing their stress and take steps to rectify it.
To help you learn more about stress, in this post our Ealing chiropractor will share the three types of stress and how they affect your health.
This is the least damaging form of stress, which is fortunate because it is also the most common. Acute stress occurs when you detect an immediate threat to your physical, emotional or psychological well-being.
When you perceive this threat, your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones put you into ‘fight or flight’ mode, where you are ready to either fight the threat or run away from it.
Most people will experience acute stress every few days. It can occur if you are late for work, working to make a deadline, speaking in public, taking a test, competing in a sporting match, or performing any task under pressure.
Acute stress is the least damaging form of stress as it goes away when the dangerous situation goes away. As soon as you meet that deadline or finish giving a speech, your body will reduce its levels of stress hormones and let you get back to normal.
The symptoms of acute stress include:
- Temporary muscle tension. This can result in back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, and so on. You may be more likely to suffer a strained muscle, ligament or tendon due to increased muscular tension.
- Temporary changes in mood (anger, anxiety, irritability, fearfulness)
- Temporary stomach problems like acid stomach, nausea, diarrhoea, or constipation.
- A range of temporary physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty sleeping.
Our chiropractors in Ealing may be able to help you deal with acute stress by providing advice on deep breathing exercises and healthy lifestyle changes.
Episodic Acute Stress
People who experience acute stress frequently are said to have acute episodic stress. It is often caused by having a disordered, chaotic life that involves crisis after crisis.
This type of stress may begin to have more severe impacts on your mood, behaviour, and overall health. You may begin to feel overly wound up, anxious, tense, and irritable. It’s no wonder why, as you might have dozens of responsibilities and often feel like a million things can go wrong.
The symptoms of episodic acute stress include:
- Muscular tension which may lead to more severe back pain, headaches, jaw pain, pulled muscles, tendons, and ligament problems.
- Emotional distress. This can include feelings of anger, irritability, anxiety, and impatience.
- Physical stress symptoms like high blood pressure, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, dizziness, insomnia, chest pain, and migraine headaches.
- Impaired cognition. It may be harder to concentrate, memorise information, and process thoughts.
- Relationships begin to deteriorate
- More severe stomach, gut, and bowel problems
- Impaired immune system performance
This is the most dangerous form of stress as it can persist for a long time and increases the risk of several serious illnesses occurring.
Chronic stress happens when a person is in an extremely stressful situation for a long period. Some common causes include living in poverty, living in an unhappy marriage, battling drug addiction, working in an extremely stressful job, and dealing with severe mental or physical trauma.
This long term exposure to stress can rewire how the brain functions and may have a severe impact on your physical health. If not addressed, chronic stress can increase the risk of:
- Cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks and stroke
- Mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and personality disorders
- Obesity, anorexia and other eating disorders
- Dysfunctional family environments
- Sexual dysfunction
- Severe gastrointestinal problems
How Visiting Our Chiropractic Clinic in Ealing May Help
Chiropractors can perform chiropractic adjustments to relieve muscular tension which may reduce the impact of stress on the body. They can also provide dietary, exercise, and lifestyle advice which can help you reduce the amount of stress in your life.
You can contact The Spine & Joint Centre by calling us on 020 8900 9004.