you're fighting through traffic, paying the monthly bills,
dealing with the noisy next-door neighbor or struggling with
illness or disease, it can all add up to a considerable amount
of stress. Stress is basically what we feel whenever we are
faced with a difficult, unpleasant or challenging situation,
and the way we deal with all this stress can substantially
influence our overall health and well-being.
If stress is affecting your life, it's time to make an appointment
with a doctor of chiropractic. Here's why: A study in the
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT)
examined the contribution of stress as a potential disease
trigger among 138 chiropractic patients attending one of 10
chiropractic clinics. Patients completed two questionnaires
that asked about how their current stress affected their ability
to function emotionally, mentally and physically.
Results showed that nearly one in three patients viewed their
lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50%
felt that stress had a moderate or severe impact on their
current health problem. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of the
patients said that it would be helpful if their chiropractic
care included strategies to help them cope with stress.
Chiropractic care might be just what you need to help relieve
some of that stress in your life. And remember, evidence suggests
that low back pain, a condition that chiropractors are experts
at managing, may be caused or worsened by stress. So talk
to your chiropractor about stress and about all of your health
care needs. Trust and communication are important in any relationship,
but perhaps no more so than in the relationship between patient
and doctor. After all, you're placing your health and wellness
in their hands.
Jamison J. Stress: the chiropractic patient's self-perceptions.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,
July/August 1999: Vol. 22, No. 6, pp395-98.