Your boss is getting on your nerves; you have to get a project finished but the phone keeps ringing; you still have not met the right person to marry to have the children you want so badly or you have children that are so bad you hardly want them; your car breaks down; your bills are piling up; your in-laws are coming to dinner; your mother says she never sees you anymore; you are overwhelmed by your cholesterol count, your sodium intake, your sugar intake, and your fat intake; and YOU’VE GOT STRESS!!!

There is simply no escaping it…

Our lives and the world we live in are loaded with stress. More than 66% of all visits to primary-care physicians are for stress-related disorders. Every week 112 million people take medication for stress-related disorders. Job stress costs American industry more than 150 billion dollars yearly in absenteeism, lost productivity, accidents and medical insurance. It is worth noting that some stress may be good. Many people are more alert, more productive and consequently happier and healthier with a certain amount of stress. Beyond that, however, it stops contributing to your ability to function and starts inhibiting it.

Stress is a double-edged sword. Things going wrong produce stress and it causes things to go wrong. Stress over an extended period of time can make you quit your job, can lead you to depression or to drugs and alcohol. All of these can and will certainly affect your ability to perform, your ability to earn money and your quality of life.

De-Stressing your environment

Take a look at your environment are there other ways you can reduce stress?  Many people don’t notice environmental stressors like noise, aromas and lighting.

Installing noise reduction ceiling tiles can reduce noise levels from ambient sound you may not be aware of coming from upper floors. Often the subtle sounds of electronics and appliances go unheard to the conscious mind, but unconsciously we are distracted and often annoyed by these constant whirring and humming sounds.  Try an ambient noise machine to replace the alarming sounds with soothing ones. Aromatherapy helps many by transforming distracting or unpleasant household smell to calming ones.

We all need to do more to combat stress, we have to learn to find balance in our work and personal lives. Certainly there are some things that you simply can not do anything about, for example, the unexpected death of a loved one, natural disasters and accidents. However, everyone can and should carefully examine their lives and make an honest attempt to reduce the stress-producing circumstances that make unnecessary demands upon them. Determine which things you can do something about, concentrate your time and energy on them and try to avoid the obvious ones. We should emphasize wellness, focus on the positive and relaxation, whatever the circumstance.

Chiropractic should also play an important role in your stress management. When a stress-inducing event occurs, muscles contract, breathing becomes faster and deeper, heartbeat increases and digestion is halted. This all occurs as a response to a nerve impulse. Continually contracted muscles will cause subluxation and being subluxated will lower your ability to deal with stress. Of course, just as different situations produce varying amounts of stress for different people, different stress management techniques will have varying degrees of effectiveness. Some may benefit from exercise while others respond to meditation, deep breathing or spending time on an enjoyable hobby. Chiropractic, however, can work for everyone because it removes nerve interference and interrupts the contracted muscle/increased stress cycle.

Chiropractic care coupled with positive thinking and other stress management techniques can create a sense of well-being and zest for life and lead to a longer, more productive, happier and healthier life.

About the Author
Jeff Ptak, D.C., and Ptak Chiropractic Life Center are committed to serving the true health needs of as many people as are within reach. Dr. Ptak’s practice is located in Santa Monica, CA.