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Chronic Stress-Related Pain

Pain may be a physiological reaction related to chronic stress. Chronic stress-related pain is a common complaint among people seeking chiropractic services. Patients who want tension relief from chronic stress pain in Lawrence, KS can stop by or call us at Chiropractic Experience Wellness Center.


Stress and Tension 

Stress is a defensive reaction to danger. Thousands of years ago, the stress response made it possible to survive when faced with dangerous predators like giant bears and saber-toothed tigers. Nowadays those stressors are things like attacks from other people, traffic accidents, or the perception that they’ll occur. 

Certain types of stresses are beneficial. It heightens the senses, increases reaction and improves performance. However, chronic stress can produce negative effects. The fight or flight response is the natural reaction to stressors, but it causes tension in the body. 

Many people hold tension in their neck, back and shoulders, the places where chronic pain is most common.  Not only does chronic stress affect physical health, but it also takes a toll on mental and emotional health. Pain can lead to anxiety, which can exacerbate pain. It becomes a cycle.

Chiropractic care can provide tension relief in the neck, back, and shoulders. Along with lifestyle changes, which can include diet and corrective exercises, can help reduce the way a person manages stress. 

Chronic pain related to stress includes:

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Stomachaches
  • Chest Pain

Chiropractic Care for Stress and Tension Relief

Stress causes individuals to tense their muscles in unnatural positions and postures. A person may unconsciously pull their shoulders up, hunch or arch their back, or tilt their neck when under stress. Holding these positions for extended periods causes tension headaches and pain. Chiropractic care can help correct these postures and alleviate pain. 

Spinal misalignments can put undue pressure on nerves, adding to already existing stress pain. The central nervous system responds to external stimuli like stressful situations. When the spinal column is misaligned, it can cause the spine to send random and frequent pain signals to healthy parts of the body.

With regular chiropractic adjustments, we can help calm the central nervous system so that it can respond better to stressful situations. 

At Chiropractic Experience in Lawrence, KS patients can find chiropractic care for several conditions. These include tension relief, pain related to stress and injuries, and help with lifestyle changes that, combined can result in improving health, better stress management, and pain reduction or even elimination.


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