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The adverse health effects of stress and anxiety are well-documented. Living in stressful situations can result in a number of very serious health problems, both physical and psychological.

Health conditions caused by psychological distress are called psychosomatic illnesses. While the illness may be caused by psychological factors, the pain itself and the subsequent physical damage that it causes are all too real. That persistent pain in your back or the tightness in your neck aren’t from physical injury, but rather pent-up stressors manifesting. It’s issues like that that drive North Carolina patients to call Graybar Chiropractic for relief.

More than just administering adjustments, we strive to educate our patients on the numerous effects of unmitigated stress on the body. Understanding the ways that stress and anxiety adversely impact your physical health can help you make informed decisions about necessary lifestyle changes and treatment solutions that may be right for you.

Common causes of stress-related back pain

Stress-related illnesses are most likely to affect people who work long hours, spend multiple hours a day in front of a computer, or exercise repeated motions, like typing or operating a cash register at their jobs. When a person is stressed out, their muscles constrict, which leads to a tightening and a restriction of oxygen flow through the muscle tissue. Over time, this can cause long-term damage to your body.

Emotional stress – like going through a breakup or losing your job – can also have nagging symptoms. Finally, there’s the stress of conditions like anxiety or depression that may also cross over into physical ailments.

Treating stress-related pain

If you’re experiencing stress-related back or neck pain, there are a number of treatment options that you may be able to pursue. Ultimately, the best course of treatment is determined by consulting with a qualified medical professional, like your chiropractor. Here are just some of the most common ways to treat stress-related pain symptoms:

  • Exercise and conditioning: One of the most important things that you can do to begin alleviating stress-related back and neck pain is engaging in regular exercise. Exercise will not only stretch and strengthen your muscles, it will also release endorphins that help you feel happier and more relaxed. Regularly exercising will treat both the symptoms and the cause of your pain.
  • Physical therapy: There are few things as significant as physical therapy when it comes to treating muscle degradation. Working with a trusted physical therapist is one of the best ways you can overcome even the most egregious stress-related illnesses. Physical therapists can provide you with specific motions and exercises designed to treat your pain and reduce your stress.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractors are holistic healthcare professionals capable of treating the nervous system. Working with a chiropractor can help you address both the causes and symptoms of your stress-related pain. Chiropractors will adjust vertebrae and muscles to help naturally alleviate discomfort and reduce pain levels.
  • Stress alleviation: Even with the best chiropractic care and the most attentive medical professionals at your side, you won’t be able to truly escape stress-related pain unless you remove the source of anxiety from your life. Counseling, career changes and other lifestyle changes may be necessary for you to remove the source of your stress.

Graybar Chiropractic is North Carolina’s premier source of chiropractic care. We’re proud to offer specialized care and treatment options to every one of our patients. To learn more about ways that we may be able to help you address your stress-related back and neck pain, reach out to one of our knowledgeable, professional associates today. We’ll establish a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plan that targets your unique condition with a personalized care approach.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.