Stress

David B Nichols, DC -  - Chiropractor

David B Nichols, DC

Chiropractor located in Belmont, CA

Stress is your body’s natural response to change, but stress that persists without relief can be harmful to your health. Chiropractor Dr. David Nichols offers lifestyle and wellness coaching for stress reduction at his private practice in Belmont, California. Regular chiropractic care can release muscle tension, relieve stress, and restore your body to a natural balance. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Stress Q & A

What is stress?

Stress is physical or emotional tension that occurs when you face challenging or demanding situations. In some cases, stress is helpful, like if you need a quick burst of energy to run and catch a train. Stress is a normal part of life that helps you respond to unpredictable changes in your environment. However, continuous stress can have a negative effect on your health.

How does chronic stress affect my health?

Your body has a built-in emergency system called the fight or flight response that serves to protect you from danger. This response causes the release of hormones that increase your heart rate, cause your muscles to tense, and make your brain more alert.

Chronic stress causes your body to maintain this state of activation, even when there’s no immediate threat. Over time, this causes physical and emotional wear-and-tear that increases your risk for many health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity

Constant stress can also lead to skin problems, like acne and eczema, and menstrual irregularities.

How do I know if I have too much stress?

You may have signs and symptoms of too much stress without realizing it. Excessive stress can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Aches and pains
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Stomachache
  • Memory problems
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much

Stress can also interfere with your love life and lead you to use drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relax.

How does chiropractic care help with stress?

Dr. Nichols treats the whole patient and not just the symptoms. If you suffer from physical and/or emotional symptoms that may be related to stress, he develops an individualized treatment plan to help you find relief. This may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to release tension from your body
  • Lifestyle and wellness coaching to help you relax throughout the day
  • Nutritional counseling

Because the spine is the center of your nervous system, spinal adjustments help to restore healthy balance and function to your entire body.

To learn how you can reduce stress and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life, call the office of Dr. David Nichols or book an appointment online today.