Holiday Stress: How chiropractic care can keep you healthy during the stressful holiday season.

Those in the metro area know by now that we have entered full-swing holiday season. Time to wrap up loose ends from 2019, travel near and far to visit family and friends, shop for the perfect present for loved ones, and bring in the hopes, resolutions and good wishes for 2020. The end of the year hustle and bustle leaves us stressed out with little to no time to make health a priority and seek out chiropractic treatment. The lack of wellness care and overload of stress can lead to many symptoms such as headache, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and fatigue. A chiropractic adjustment can help your wellness goals and provide pain relief.

Stress in all forms, good or bad, pushes your body into ‘fight-or-flight’ mode. This mode is good in short doses! It is meant to protect the body, and provides bursts of energy and heightened focus. However, it can be bad for your body if it gets stuck in this mode during periods of prolonged stress. While in this heightened state the body releases a hormone called cortisol, quite accurately nicknamed the stress hormone. One of the effects of cortisol is that it turns off the body’s immune system, which is why people tend to get sick during long stressful periods. This ‘fight-or-flight’ mode also tends to make muscles tight and achy, resulting in pain.If you’ve ever heard someone describing their shoulder pain or neck pain and say ‘I hold all my stress in my shoulders’ this is what they’re describing.

Good news, your favorite Arlington Chiropractic office can help with pain relief and wellness care! Our expert chiropractors at Arlington Pain and Rehab give specific chiropractic adjustments based on what your body needs, which can help mediate your body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response and return you to a balanced state. In this balanced state, your body can respond to stress, but can also relax, repair, and heal.The repair and healing mode is the‘rest-and-digest’ mode. It is in this mode that your immune system can turn back on and your muscles can relax, giving you joint pain relief and the ability to fight off illness. Being in a balanced state between the two modes keeps you healthy and ready to take on anything that may come your way this holiday season.

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