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Relaxation- How Manual Therapy Can Help and Reduce Stress!

Relaxation is something that everyone strives for, but yet seems so out of reach. Many of us go through life feeling chronic stress with no answers on how to reduce this feeling from our lives. One thing that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation is manual therapy. Taking care of your body is important. Manual therapy is one of the ways to take care of your body both physically and emotionally.

Our sympathetic nervous system is the system within our body creating stress. This system is also known as our fight or flight instinct. Your SNS can increase your heart rate and breathing rate and can decrease bowel and urinary function. Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, asthma and bowel dysfunction. With that being said, you can see why being in a constant state of stress can be harmful for our bodies.

Chiropractic Care: Working with a chiropractor can be great for stress reduction. The spine itself is the root of the central nervous system. This is why adjustments there can be so beneficial. Muscle tension can be increased when you’re stressed which can lead to subluxations. This therapy can help make those adjustments to reduce the chance of this happening and help reduce the resting muscle tension.

Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy works great in reducing stress because of its use of physical activity and exercise. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress because it increases good chemicals in our body which in turn reduces pain and improves sleep. It also helps with reducing stress, reducing fatigue, improving concentration and cognitive function.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Treatment will include a variety of techniques used to relax the body, increase blood flow and decrease pain. Increased stress can leave your muscles in a state of spasm, massage therapy can be helpful in stripping out the muscles and loosening them. This not only reduces stress but it can also help improve range of motion and muscular function.

Holidays aside, stress can happen throughout any time of the year. Help your body and consider manual therapy to reduce your stress. Your body will thank you for it.



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