San Francisco Chiropractors Offer Tips to Relieve Stress
Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life. But too much stress is detrimental to your health. Chronic stress means your body is continuously reacting as though you’re being chased by a bear. Drs. Scott Levin and Jason Miller of Posture Works in in San Francisco’s financial district offer some tips can help relieve stress for daily day.
Some tips can help relieve stress:
- Get A Massage. Massage can boost your endorphins, inhibit the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and relax your muscles. It’s a good way to recharge your batteries when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Meditate. Don’t let the word “meditate” scare you. All you need is a few minutes to spare so you can tune out distractions and negative thoughts, and focus on yourself. You can repeat a positive mantra, such as “I am at peace with the world.” You can focus on your breathing and think positive thoughts. Or you can simply sit in silence and visualize your goals for the day.
- Get some exercise. You knew this was coming. Exercise not only keeps your body healthy, it burns away stress hormones, boosts your mood and provides a valuable outlet for negative energy. Just a half hour of exercise a day can boost your endorphins, the “feel good” chemical your body produces.Sometimes all you need is fresh air and sunlight. Taking a step away from the computer and interacting with nature can clear your thoughts and calm you.
- Get Social. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to go home, sit on the couch and expect television to provide relief. But research suggests that being social – spending time with friends and family – can help you cope with stress. Plus, being with friends makes you more likely to laugh – and laughter is an excellent way to cut down on stress and fatigue. Laughter changes the physiology of the entire body, from increasing circulation to burning calories.
- Trim Your To-Do List. Make a few changes to eliminate the stress points in your life. If you’re stressed by traffic congestion, change your schedule. Leave for work before traffic gets bad, or wait until after rush hour. If you hate doing the grocery shopping, order groceries online and have them delivered. If you’re doing too much around the house, get other family members to chip in.
- Visit your chiropractor. Regular chiropractic care can reduce stress levels, according to study conducted on 12 patients in Japan in 2011. After receiving adjustments for neck pain, patients showed altered brain activity in parts of the brain that control pain processing and stress reactions. Patients also showed significant declines in cortisol levels. Participants themselves reported decreased stress and a better quality of life after treatment.Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, which allows the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation. The goal is to convince the brain to turn off the stress response so the body can begin healing.
Chiropractors who have been trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can rehabilitate the spine, reshape it, and restore your body’s health. Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most research- and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.
PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District is among only a handful of chiropractic care facilities in San Francisco certified in CBP. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents egain their health and vitality through chiropractic.
Please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.