Headaches and Neck Strain from Holiday Stress? Chiropractic Care Can Help
The holiday season is a busy time of year. Buying presents, decorating, and juggling social engagements with family and friends can leave you feeling exhausted. For many people, this year’s holiday stress is compounded by the anxiety surrounding COVID-19.
Unfortunately, all that built-up tension doesn’t just negatively impact your mood—it can also cause physical harm, leading to headaches and neck pain. A chiropractor can eliminate your discomfort with neck pain and headache treatments so you can enjoy the festive season to the fullest.
How Holiday Stress Causes Headaches & Neck Pain
Understanding how chiropractic headache and neck pain treatments work requires understanding how stress impacts the mind and body. Headaches can be caused by everything from lack of sleep to fluctuating blood sugar levels and loud noises. Stress is another common trigger.
When you’re stressed, your brain produces a hormone called cortisol. This triggers your biological “flight or fight” response and results in stress symptoms like increased heart rate. Increased cortisol levels can also result in tension-type headaches and migraines.
Stress also influences your body. When you’re anxious, you may hunch up your shoulders or ball up your fists. This causes your muscles to constrict and tighten, creating tension that can cause neck strain and contribute to headaches.
Chiropractic Neck Pain & Headache Treatments
Massage is also proven to combat the physiological effects of stress that may contribute to headaches. In one study, cancer patients who received back massages experienced decreased cortisol levels, slower heart rate, and reduced blood pressure.
Chiropractic care has further been proven to improve migraines and tension-type headaches. Some studies have also found chiropractic treatment effective in treating insomnia—another trigger for headaches.
Schedule Your Holiday Headache & Neck Pain Treatment Now
Don’t let stress spoil your holiday season. For neck pain and headache treatments in Douglasville, Georgia, trust Health for Life Chiropractic. Dr. Edmond Hattaway, D.C., is a licensed chiropractor with more than 30 years of experience. He will provide the fast relief you need.
The fastest way to schedule an appointment is to call us at (770) 489-0187. You can also reach us online.