Chiropractor: solution for stress and anxiety?
Written by: Loris Vitry (coach and Yoga teacher)
Validated by: Cathy Maillot (Osteopath)
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Everyday situations and stresses in life make mankind endlessly anxious.
This emotion is most often followed by a situation to which it is difficult to adapt: it is stress.
It causes the body to develop a defensive reaction, most often marked by an adjustment in posture.
The direct impact will then be the onset of pain, which mainly attacks the back.
Muscles tighten, tensions appear with the risk of lumbago, stiff neck, and sciatica pain.
In its more advanced stage, stress will be responsible for the exhaustion of the body as the posture adopted will lodge in your memory.
In the face of all this, it is essential to find ways and means to combat stress and anxiety.
Among the alternatives found, chiropractic is a manual therapy that is often popular.
Its role is to get the human nervous system back on track after ridding the body of all muscle tension resulting from stress.
But, is it really effective?
Some answers here!
The chiropractor: a solution against stress and anxiety?
To understand the importance of the chiropractor in today’s healthcare environment, it is helpful to look back to the origins of their work.
In fact, since its origins, this therapy, which is practiced manually, has aimed to fight against stress.
This was the day after burnout was officially recognized as an occupational disease (in 2014).
Note that the cases of work-related burnout only increase over time.
If we have to stick to the figures published by recent surveys by the professional training organization Cegos, and the regional Unions of liberal health professionals in Ile-de-France, we retain the following percentages linked to burn -out:
- 26% of employees,
- 62% nurses, and
- 61% of physiotherapists.
The latter category of workers is even said to be close to professional burnout.
This feeling is linked to the malfunction of the central nervous system.
It is normally useful for the regulation and control of the body.
It is protected by the spine which is attached to it by nerves.
The chiropractor’s job will be to act on the spine in order to relieve the entire system.
Of the other abilities of this therapist, we must remember:
A source of rapid well-being
The action performed by the chiropractor on a subject’s spine usually has an immediate effect.
The result is that the muscle is relaxed and more relaxed.
You can then put him in the right posture afterwards.
This will allow your body to let go of the stress that it once kept in mind.
By having the right posture, you will gain more self-confidence and your self-esteem will be even more strengthened.
It is a positive feeling that many people refer to as the chiropractor.
Better listening to yourself
When you manage to benefit once from chiropractic, your tensions will be lifted.
But that’s not all !
Your sanity will prompt you to become aware as soon as these attempt to accumulate again.
Very early on, you will then be able to cope with your stress more independently.
For example, you will be better able to do relaxation sessions more regularly.
Limitation of side effects
Stress and anxiety are controlled in the human body by specific hormones.
They originate from the endocrine glands and the vegetative nervous system.
The chiropractor, by acting manually on the spine of the stressed person, will free his nervous system from this control.
Therapy will then have a regulatory function on the system and this will be followed by a decrease in the effects of stress.
Among the most convincing, we can cite digestive disorders and muscle pain.
The chiropractor: a preventive therapist?
The effects of chiropractic are not limited to the satisfaction of the ailment.
They also expand on their prevention.
Indeed, before the treatment, the chiropractor will be in charge of identifying the tensions and your postural defects.
He will certainly work to correct them, but he will also make the patient aware of the causes of his illness.
It may then be a work environment that is not very suitable or other personal difficulties.
This is a first step towards preventing future harm.
Likewise, therapy is indicated to revive the nervous system.
Beyond the generally known causes of stress, there are also several other situations which at first glance seem like nothing, but which can be the source of the harm.
This is the case, for example, with the misuse of tablets and smartphones.
By staying bent over these tools all the time, neck pain can result.
It is the “tech neck syndrom” (also called turtle syndrome) that attacks young people much more.
The other common syndrome is carpal tunnel syndrome.
People who keep their hands on their computer mice all the time are at greatest risk.
Tendonitis of the thumb is also a stressful situation for people who are fanatical about texting.
The action of the chiropractor for the relief of this pain will focus on adjustments.
These are generally vertebral manipulations and joint mobilizations aimed at reviving the nervous system.
The decompression effect is quickly noticeable followed by relaxation.
You will then find a more suitable posture, which will reduce your pain and therefore your stress.
Despite its many advantages, it is important to note that the results of chiropractic are not immediate on all subjects.
They are functions of several parameters among which one can quote, the form of stress.
This can be recent, one-off, old or anchored.
The effects of therapy are noticeable within an average of three to ten sessions.
Moreover, when the stress is very deep, chiropractic alone does not achieve the desired result.
It must therefore be supplemented with other carefully chosen therapies.
You can, for example, opt for sophrology which acts on human breathing or choose cognitive behavioral therapy.