Stress is a fact of modern life. It's defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances,” according to the online dictionary. Chronic pain is described as pain lasting longer than six months. Unfortunately, the two are not mutually exclusive. ShoreLife Chiropractic and Wellness in Brick Township NJ knows that stress can cause pain that's chronic as well as the pain-causing stress.
While chiropractic care is used in tension relief as well as treatment of persistent pain, it can't get to the root of the problem. Your doctor will need to know the stressors in your life. Getting rid of them or at least attenuating them is vital to the control of persistent pain.
What Causes Stress
Stress comes from both the inside and the outside. We are often our own worst enemies, thinking ourselves at fault if something doesn't come up to our own high standards. This is true of emotional situations such as parenting and adult relationships.
Outside stressors beyond our control are traffic, weather, our jobs, financial troubles, problems with the car or the house, health or medical problems, and the list goes on and on.
How Stress Affects Chronic Pain
Some level of stress is actually good for us because it keeps us on our toes and focused. Too much of it, though, makes us ill. The heart becomes troubled, we get high blood pressure, chest pains, we can't sleep or eat well, and we get headaches and stomach troubles.
The body was designed to be in a relaxed state. When stress attacks the body, the muscles tense up, the posture slouches to ease the tense muscles, and the neck and head begin to hurt. When this goes on long enough, the pain is called chronic.
Tension relief can come in the form of exercise or anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Chiropractic care can take care of the tense and sore muscles in the spine and neck. However, only addressing the causes of the stress will alleviate the persistent pain.
Addressing The Causes
When chronic pain causes stress, then pain management is the answer. There are several ways to do this, and your doctor will go over with you which fits your particular situation. Successful pain management means you'll sleep better at night, your relationships will improve, and your quality of life will get better.
Managing the stressors will help. Stress management includes cognitive and behavior therapy as well as lifestyle changes. Here, too, your Brick Township doctor at ShoreLife Chiropractic and Wellness can help you figure it out. Together you can map out a wellness plan that doesn't include stress or persistent pain. Call today.