Four Stress Management Tools to Prevent Neck Pain

August 13, 2018

Did you know that neck pain, migraines, and more are often caused by stress?

Stress has a variety of physical effects on the body. They include low energy, headaches, chest pain, frequent illness, and more.

All of these symptoms can cause you to unnecessary pain. When you manage your stress well, however, you can dramatically reduce the pain and anxiety you feel.

Here are four stress management tools that can help you prevent pain and enjoy your life more.


Tool #1: Your Breath

Controlling your breath and breathing more deeply is a great way to manage stress. When you breathe deeply, you give your body more oxygen and allow it to function better. More oxygen helps your neck muscles relax, preventing neck pain.

Taking deep breaths also signals to your body that it should calm down and relax. This can help you avoid the “fight-or-flight” response that stress creates.

Finally, breathing deeply releases endorphins that fight inflammation and help avoid pain in your body. It will also boost your mood!


Tool #2: Quieting Your Mind

Many people have neck pain and other symptoms of stress because their mind is too busy throughout the day. In fact, many people lose sleep because their mind won’t “shut off” and allow them to relax!

If this describes you, it’s important to practice quieting your mind. There are a variety of ways to do this. If you have a specific faith, your practices may help you calm your thoughts. You may also want to try meditation, which combines a quieter mind with the breathing techniques we mentioned earlier.

When your mind slows down, you may see solutions to your problem that you weren’t able to find before. You may also discover it’s not as important as you thought. Either way, you’ll relax.


Tool #3: Take a Break

Sometimes you’re in a stressful situation and there’s not much you can do about it. Whether you’re in a busy season at work or dealing with a personal problem, sometimes “it is what it is.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give in to stress. You can help prevent health problems by taking a break. This might mean taking five minutes to shut out the world and truly savor a cup of coffee or tea. It might mean taking a weekend vacation.

Whatever you can do to remove yourself from the situation, even for a few minutes, can really help reduce the muscle tension that leads to pain. Often, you get a new perspective on the situation as well!


Tool #4: Spend Time With Friends

Being around people we love and enjoy can make a world of difference during a stressful situation.

Humans are social creatures, and we need each other to thrive. Feeling social isolated has major impacts on your health, including muscle tension, cardiovascular health, and mental health. On the flip side, being socially connected can help you feel supported, making you healthier and happier.

Being socially isolated can lead to depression, problems in your thinking, and trouble sleeping. Don’t skip time with friends and family when you feel stressed. Instead, focus on connecting to help you face your trials.


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If you are struggling with neck pain, you may need a chiropractic adjustment to get you back on track. When your spine is properly aligned, the rest of the stress reduction strategies can work together to help you manage muscle tension and avoid further problems.

If you have neck pain and would like help, contact us for an appointment today!

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