Stress can affect the body in many different ways. It can cause muscles to tighten and eventually restrict blood flow to many areas of the body. Stress is also responsible for the release of free radicals into the bloodstream. Excessive levels of stress can also have a detrimental effect on the immune system. As the processes within the body become compromised, muscles become weaker and there is a heightened risk of both illness and injury. Because the muscles of the neck are constantly at work, they are more likely to collect stress. The phrase "carrying the weight of the world", is a good way to describe how and where stress accumulates within the body.
Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at relieving stress, not just in the neck, but throughout the body. The tension and tightness that is caused by high levels of stress can cause the structure of the body to go out of balance. Chiropractic adjustments eliminate the tension by restoring balance to the structure of the body. Adjustments do more than just shift bone, they also support the muscles and connective tissues as well. As the muscles are allowed to relax, circulation improves and the injured area gets the nutrients and oxygen it needs to heal. It may take several adjustments for the abnormality to be corrected so that it remains in place and can heal.
Stress shows itself in many ways. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, tension headaches, muscle aches, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and digestive issues are just a few of the most commonly reported signs of stress. Stress can be caused by family problems, financial issues, and conflict in the workplace. If a person does not deal with their stress, it can cause chronic forms of pain in the neck and shoulders. Combining chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy is an effective way to relieve stress and restore balance. Once the body is allowed to relax, the pain and discomfort is allowed to drain away.