don’t crash…

breakdown that is.

3-min read

by dr. jesse lang


Said most every person in a high-stress profession in which many rely on them. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen…… High-stress environment + low stress-relieving outlets = Crash and burn. UGH. I’m stressed just typing that. There are several professions that are prone to producing more stress. These individuals often feel the lingering aspects of work-related stress and discomfort, because they don’t always seek the care they so desperately need. 

 First Responders (Police, Fire, EMT)
 Health Care Professionals
 Educators (and students)
 Parents

These types of careers often undergo moments of extreme adrenaline rushes combined with the release of cortisol. When the brain releases these natural hormones, the body goes into fight or flight mode. Under situations that require the release of stress hormones, the body goes into autopilot but later will need a time to recuperate.  Muscles can become tense while the body processes the stress it was put under. When a person is unable to relax and find release for accumulated tension, they can exhibit brain changes that will result in negative physical impacts such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate and higher inflammation. 

SOS means somebody help me (I’m sure many of you sang that)

There is hope for those who work in these high-stress professions. Many self-care techniques can be implemented to help relax the brain and boost the immune system. Such as: 

 Meditation
 Nutrition
 Sleep
 Fresh Air
 Hydration
 Socialization
 Movement
 Chiropractic Adjustments

Relax….help is on the way.

Meditation is one of the best ways to put the body and mind at ease. When tension is building, it is often noticed by tightened muscles and an accelerated heart rate. Taking a few minutes to sit in a dark space and focus on deep breaths can greatly reduce cortisol and adrenaline levels.

Remember to take deep breaths, unclench the jaw and relax the muscles while mediating.

Nutrition and hydration are important for the body’s well-being. Consuming too many processed foods, alcoholic or caffeinated beverages or high-sugar foods can make the body feel sluggish.

These types of foods and beverages will increase inflammation which can cause muscular pain.

A healthy diet and hydration will help reduce inflammation and boost energy levels.

Sleep is important to allow the body time to rest. Unfortunately, stress often results in sleeplessness. Adding calming music, essential oils and meditation before bedtime can help increase the quality of sleep.

Fresh air is one of the best ways to instantly reduce stress levels. Combine fresh air with movement and the circulatory system will work a bit harder while producing endorphins which are thought of as the feel-good hormones. By adding a walking partner to your movement and fresh air routine you will also feel more uplifted and energetic. Socialization helps reduce stress and allows more endorphins to be produced. Endorphins will counteract the cortisol and adrenaline released during high-stress situations.

Chiropractic Care Helps Reduce Stress…seriously.

Chiropractic care is paramount to stress reduction. Routine adjustments will help reduce inflammation while keeping the body moving easily. The adjustments will also relieve pressure on the neck which is associated with stress. People who continually suffer from tension and a stiff neck are often suffering from stress and anxiety. Chiropractic care, combined with relaxing practices, will often result in a decline in depression, anxiety and PTSD.

We are all able to find time to binge watch movies, stop at our favorite restaurant or pick up overtime at work; there is no reason we should not find the time to practice good self-care and routinely visit our chiropractor. Weekly adjustments will keep the body moving properly, promote mental clarity and enhance our over-all physical health.

Individuals often seek out the help of a chiropractor when they are in pain, but those who regularly visit their chiropractor know that it helps to keep them functioning at their best. That is why routine care for those in high-stress professions is so necessary. Chiropractic care is preventative maintenance for the mind and the body. The prefrontal cortex helps people make decisions clearly and rationally. Stress and anxiety can often hinder the prefrontal cortex’s ability to respond accordingly to traumatic occurrences.

Call Shorewood Elite Healthcare today to begin your feel good journey!


Dr. J