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The holiday season is upon us, and that means for some people a whirlwind of parties, gift-giving, and more. In fact, a poll conducted by found that more than 80% of people find the holiday season to be somewhat to very stressful. With everything that comes into play for the holidays, it brings many people to the point of feeling completely overwhelmed and exhausted. What many people do not realize is how dangerous chronic stress is to their health. The entire body can exhibit signs and symptoms of stress including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain 
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tightness

Stress will lead to a weakened immune system, which increases the risk of illness during the holidays. Stress does make our bodies more vulnerable to diseases, and many people deal with chronic pain that began from too much stress. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help calm and soothe the nervous system, making it easier for you to cope with holiday stress.

Stress and Your Body

Chiropractic treatments often start with the spinal column as it has been found that the spinal column plays a role in properly transmitting messages from the brain to the rest of the body. When you have too much stress on the nervous system, the spinal column can have excess stress and tension, leading to some of the above symptoms of stress to occur. Chronic stress will cause the muscles to contract and tense often, which can place the muscles in uncomfortable and awkward positions. 

Take a moment to notice the way you sit, stand, and work. For example, do you find yourself leaning to one arm when you are sitting and working behind a computer? Years of sitting improperly, and not stretching the area can lead to pain. We often see patients come in with severe neck and shoulder pain that is directly related to the way they position themselves when they type on their computer. 

Repetitive action is one of the issues that many patients cite when they are trying to identify where their pain is coming from. When people deal with chronic stress, they will often overcompensate by unconsciously holding their neck, back, and arms differently. Over time, the weird positioning will lead to unnatural pressure and misalignment of the spine. Unfortunately, patients often move their body the wrong way when they are stressed, making the issue worse.

Dysfunction of the Nerves

When we are dealing with excessive stress, it is common to start seeing new issues arise. Chronic stress can lead to nerve dysfunctional such has having shooting pains or numbness in different areas of the body. Depression and anxiety are other things that often come into play around the holidays. Many patients come in with depression concerns when the weather starts to turn from bright, sunny days to the grey-gloomy sky that sets in with the inversion in Utah. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is common in Utah when the seasons change from fall to winter. If you have noticed this in the past, it is always wise to schedule a visit with your doctor to discuss preventative treatments. Our experts at Health and Wellness Clinic have multiple treatment methods for patients to follow in order to help get through the stress-laden holiday season when you are struggling with SAD. Our chiropractic treatments are safe, and effective ways to target stress and nerve pain in the body. Chiropractic adjustments will help to relax the body and increases the circulation of blood in the body, allowing nutrients to be properly transferred to the muscles, ligaments, and joints. When we do an adjustment to the neck and spine, it will place them back into their natural and proper order. Having proper alignment will improve the muscles and bones by removing the pressure that has been pressing down and leading to nerve pain. 

Chiropractic Treatment for Holiday Stress

Almost every patient the comes in for a chiropractic adjustment leaves feeling improvement. Proper alignment can help to reduce emotional stress, and often helps to reduce tension headaches along with muscles aches. Contact our office to schedule a consultation for your holiday stress and let our experts help you on the way to your best holiday season stress-free! Contact Health and Wellness Clinic in Layton today and bring your body back into its proper balance.