“Pain Hurts, but Stress Kills”
While people may be able to pop a pill for pain, stress lingers in the system slowly shutting down vital organs.
Sounds terrible, but it’s true.
Many of today’s causes of pain – neck pain , back pain and headaches – are commonly caused by stress. So while a pain killer may block one of the symptoms of stress it allows the problem to fester.
This is why it is so important to seek professional help when you have pain, rather than trying to treat it yourself.
I am biased, but the best professionals to go to first when you have pain, or stress, is a chiropractor or osteopath.
What Stress Reduction Techniques do chiropractors and osteopaths offer?
Well, apart from finding the true cause of your pain, osteopaths and chiropractors work on stress by default. Every level of your spine is connected to a pleasure/reward centre which shuts of stress. Spinal motion also helps calm the stress centres of the brain. Even just the touch of a hand on your body starts shutting down stress.
No pain killer can do any of the above.
What if you can’t get to a chiropactor or osteopath?
Try simple breathing techniques.
There are a number of simple ones to try. Start with making your in breath the same length of time as your out breath. Try this for ten breaths.
Next try making your out breath twice as long as your in breath. This should help relax your nervous system
Put Stress Reduction Techniques into Youtube as a search term and see what comes up. There are hundreds of useful tips there.
Hertfordshire Chiropractor Chris Pickard has recently released a number of stress reduction tips on video.
You can watch the first Breathing technique on his website, just click the link – Stress Reduction Techniques