Stress Management & Headaches

Stress management at PPHCCStressed? How many times  a week do you hear the word “stress”?  How many times a week do you say the word “stress”?

We are in a war against stress.  If we are winning, we are happy and healthy, but if we are losing our body will break down, get pains, disease and age rapidly.

75 – 90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related complaints.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration declared that stress costs American     industries more than $300 billion annually. People who experience heightened levels of stress are 4 to 5 times more likely to have a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Even though stress causes the majority of our health conditions, it will not be your diagnosis, nor will it be the focus of your treatment.  Instead, when your body breaks down from stress your diagnosis will be headaches, hypertension, depression, or perhaps a sleep disorder, etc.

The treatment stemming from such a diagnosis, will commonly be the treatment of symptoms, rather than treating the actual problem.

In this battle against stress, we only have three strategies: avoid stress, do nothing, or build our resistance.

Avoiding stress is as practical as avoiding life itself!  Ignoring signs of stress is the most common strategy and also the most dangerous.  What happens if we ignore the illuminated oil light on the dashboard of our car?  Will it go away on its own? No, it is only a matter of time until a breakdown. Our body is no different.

The 7 signs your body is breaking down from stress:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Back & neck pain & tension
  • Sleep problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Sinus & allergies
  • Irritability and mood swings

The only way to truly win this battle is to build our resistance to stress. Here’s how:

  1. Get into Alignment:  Recent studies showed Chiropractic treatment decreased the number of headache hours by 69% after only 2 weeks.   A Univ. of Chicago study showed chiropractic care caused an average drop in high blood pressure of 17 points.
  2. Sleep:  Get 7 hours of quality sleep on a regular basis.
  3. Vitamins:  Support your adrenal glands; these are your stress glands.  Take an adrenal supplement, Vitamin B, C and    licorice root tea. Avoid caffeine—go decaf.
  4. Exercise:   A 2007 medical study looked at adults diagnosed with major depression.

Conclusion:  “The effectiveness of exercise in patients seem generally comparable with patients receiving antidepressant medication.”

There is quite a lot you can do to win in this battle against stress.  Good luck and we are here to help!
– Dr. Arculeo

Success over Stress!

Stress management at PPHCC“I was suffering from acute pain in my right shoulder and numbness in both arms.  These were getting worse over the past few years.  In addition my emotional state was “tender”.  I found it difficult to concentrate, make decisions and I was experiencing panic attacks.   I could barely take care of myself physically, let alone do the work necessary as an independent business woman.  The pain was also keeping me from doing gardening, yoga or keeping up with my beautiful daughter.”

“I consulted doctors who prescribed anti-anxiety and anti-depressant meds for the stress and panic attacks, and got significant doses of muscle relaxants for the shoulder pain.  This was over a  period of 5 years and nothing worked.  I thought I was aging ungracefully.”

“Since coming to Peak Performance I do not have to take any medications and now live pain free.  My posture looks great, I can work again, I am back to yoga and can keep up with my daughter.  I feel 10 years younger!  One added bonus is that I know that I “own” this new state of health.”

– Diane

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