Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Someone, somewhere had the great idea to have a Stress Awareness Month. I think that is the last thing
that needed an awareness campaign. We are all keenly aware of how stressed out we are in our lives.
Every time we see a news report about stress we stress out over our need to be less stressed. If we
don’t figure something out with our stres,s our hearts will explode like the Death Star at the end of Star
Wars (or the other Star Wars, or the other one…Seriously, there’s a Death Star in every other Star Wars
movie, it’s time to quit recycling that plot line). Everyone already knows that they are stressed and that
being stressed is bad. What we need is a Treatment of Stress Awareness Month, to let people know
there are real solutions to the problem.

A piece of advice that gets shared on Facebook is to remove the stressors in your life. That is probably
the worst solution possible; it is impossible to remove those things from our lives because those things
are our lives. Make a list of what stresses you out and then count how many of those things you can get
rid of without faking your own death. Chances are there aren’t as many as you would like. How do you
deal with things that drive you nuts but aren’t going anywhere? Luckily, here are two proven ways.

 

STRESS SOLUTION #1

The best thing to do is treat the physical manifestations of stress. Tension, aches, pains, and irritability
are all consequences of being stressed. A chiropractic adjustment helps those things by relieving
pressure in the joints, improving range of motion, and releasing endorphins in the body. All of which will
help you feel better, move better, and live better. Coupling an adjustment with a therapeutic massage is
a home run. Some might say that this is a backwards way of dealing with stress, but I have found it is
easier to live if you feel well.

 

STRESS SOLUTION #2

The other great strategy for dealing with stress is changing your mindset. I can hear you moaning now,
“Oh great, Aaron is about to tell us that the word for opportunity and problem is the same in some
language that I don’t speak”. The truth is that all stress is the same to our bodies. Physically we cannot
tell the difference between a wedding and funeral (and sometimes we can’t mentally, either). Stress is
our body’s way of dealing with stuff, so applying a positive mindset really can make us feel better. I
know as well as anyone that it is hard to stay positive when your kid writes in permanent marker on the
new hardwood floors or puts a plastic plate in the microwave for five minutes for literally no reason at
all. Complaining and whining is the popular thing to do, but it limits our ability to cope and to deal with
stresses. Staying positive is more than a cliché saying, it is the truth.

 

Of course, there are other ideas for dealing with stress, but these two methods are tried and true. What
has worked for you? Comment below and tell us how you deal with stress.

–Dr. Aaron England

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Why Do Chiropractors Adjust/Manipulate/Crack the Spine?

Why Do Chiropractors Adjust/Manipulate/Crack the Spine?

I spend a large portion of my day explaining to patients what is causing their pain. That is usually followed with recommendations for treatment. Since I am a chiropractor, it should come as no surprise that chiropractic adjustments are often a main part of the treatment plan. I have become so accustomed to explaining why an adjustment would help that I have omitted explaining how it can help. In the heat of a painful injury, most people don’t care how anything helps, they just want relief.

Hopefully all my patients know, and agree, that a chiropractic adjustment results in a relieving crack or pop. That sound that is made is from the pressure that is released from our joints during that quick movement. The movement of our joints through its full range of motion helps spread this slippery stuff called synovial fluid. When we suffer trauma or subject our body to repeated movement, we experience a buildup of pressure in our joints. Without the mobilization that comes from adjustments, that pressure will continue to build. Our joints will ache, the neighboring joints will have to compensate, and we start to have increased pain and restriction. The adjustment is a treatment that restores proper movement in the joint, reduces the pressure that causes pain and stiffness, and helps improve quality of life.

Research continues to show that adjustments are beneficial. I thought about quoting studies here, but I don’t want to reward those that have read this far with boring stats. The most effective study is to experience it yourself. If you know you want adjusted, but are curious what it looks like, check out this clip to get an idea. Notice the smile on the patient’s face when she feels the relief!

–Dr. Aaron England

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