Stress Across the Lifespan

Stress is the body’s reaction to a physical or emotional change in a person’s environment. Occasional stress is normal, but frequent stress can lead to overwhelm in people of all ages- both physically and mentally. In fact, researchers have connected 75-90% of chronic illnesses to stress.

What cues are your babies and children giving you that their bodies are under stress when they aren’t able to communicate that stress?  

Things like frequent hiccups, tension or arching their back or limbs, and general fussiness can indicate stress that a baby can’t regulate on their own. 

In toddlers and school-aged children, stress may appear as jittery behaviors, the inability to sit still or even thumb-sucking and bed-wetting. 

Unlike adults, infants and children aren’t able to understand or cope with their stress. Luckily, parents and caregivers can help ease the discomforts of stress on their body and help improve functioning of the nervous system (and the rest of the body!) with regular chiropractic care!

How does this work? 

Chiropractic care works to identify interferences in the spine, reducing or removing them, and allowing your body to embrace its innate abilities to heal on its own!

What about stress during pregnancy or adulthood?

Increased stress and tension in the body during pregnancy can influence baby’s positioning. It can also impact labor and mom’s comfort. 

Adults may find that stress negatively affects their blood pressure, headaches, blood sugar, sleep, and even fertility.

What can you do?

Work to decrease the stress on your body and your nervous system by visiting a chiropractor. You can also limit the things that increase the toxic load on your body- hence increasing the amount of stress you are dealing with. Things like fragrances, your food, cleaning products, and your cookware can hinder your body’s ability to heal itself. Set your body up for success with simple changes!