Stress is a part of life, and unfortunately, so is back pain. Ironically, stress is a leading cause of episodic back pain. Stress increases tension in the body 24/7. It is like flipping the light switch on for self- protection, muscle tension and tightness.
So what are some simple and effective tips you can start doing today to help alleviate stress? Here are a few suggestions for reducing the physical, mental and environmental stress in your life.
Nutrition: Eat healthy and eat often to control blood sugar levels. When you wait long periods between meals, you have a spike of a hormone known as insulin. This hormone controls how fast sugar enters your bloodstream after eating. Big surges in insulin occur when you wait too long between meals which may increase stress on your body chemistry.
Mental: Take some "me" time every morning before you start the day. Use this time to reflect on yesterday and plan out today's events. With the craziness of non-stop information overload in today's society it's more important than ever to take quiet moments.
Physical: Learning how to breathe with your diaphragm takes some practice, but in time it will become second nature. Practice breathing through your diaphragm on a daily basis for 3-5minutes.
Simple changes in your life to help reduce stress can have a profound impact on your back and your overall health. Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about the link between stress and health, and what you can do to reduce your daily stress.
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