Chiropractor in Tallahassee, FL Discusses How Stress Can Affect Your Body

Posted by Samantha Sarason, Intern

Stress is something that everybody deals with whether its every single day or from time to time. When our life throws something unexpected our way, we can't ignore it. When you're stressed because of work, an upcoming event, or because of a family issue, your body reacts just as if you were facing extreme danger. Your body is flooding itself with hormones which it then releases during a life-or-death situation. 

Occasional stress may not affect your body too much, but once it becomes long term, stress can become harmful. Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, risk of heart attack, suppressed immune system, and a tense musculoskeletal system. 

High Blood Pressure:

Unmanaged stress can cause hypertension and raised cholesterol. If high blood pressure is left untreated it can lead to stroke by damaging and weakening the blood vessels in your brain. Blood clots can form, blocking blood flow and possibly causing a stroke. 

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure: 

High Blood Pressure is a chronic condition usually associated with no symptoms. A doctor is needed to properly diagnose this condition. The rare symptoms include:

  • Dizzy Spells
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds

High Cholesterol 

Stress increases cholesterol in the short-term but can also affect it in the years that follow. The way you deal with your health takes a toll on how it affects you. The more anger that stress creates, the higher triglyceride levels may be. Bad cholesterol is secreted when stress causes your body to produce more energy in the form of metabolic fuels. Stress can also contribute to high cholesterol because it may cause poor eating habits. In order to manage your cholesterol, it's important to calmly manage stress. 

Symptoms of High Cholesterol:

High Cholesterol is found by asking your doctor and getting blood tests. The only true symptoms of high cholesterol include medical emergencies:

  • Heart Attack
    • Symptoms of heart attack: tightness, squeezing, fullness, pain in chest or arms, difficulty breathing, anxiety, dizziness and nausea
  • Stroke 
    • Symptoms of stroke: sudden loss of balance and coordination, dizziness, facial asymmetry, confusion, and numbness, especially on one side of the body


How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Deal With Stress:

Chiropractic care focuses on the spine and the nervous system which can help you manage your stress. Muscle tension caused by stress can cause uneven pressure on the skeleton. Adjustments can help decrease the tension on your spine which is an important element in managing personal stress. If you've found yourself struggling with stress and feeling extra tension in your body, book an appointment at Pragle Chiropractic today. Dr. Pragle offers aromatherapy massage therapy sessions which are ideal for relaxation, stress relief, and maintenance of spine alignments. The AO Treatment that Pragle offers will help you experience freedom from stress like never before. 

Pragle Chiropractic focuses on getting our clients well as fast as possible. Pragle Chiropractic is gentle and convenient. You can book your appointment online today or by calling (850) 508-5951. We are located at 1820 Riggins Rd, Tallahassee, Fl 32308