People often wonder what stress does to their body. Stress takes a serious toll. You need to learn proper coping skills and employ relief mechanisms. Too much stress can tax your body, both mentally and physically. At First Health Associates, our team of experienced health providers takes an integrative approach to your well-being that can improve your body’s physical and emotional tool kit for dealing with diverse stressors.
In the medical world, stress is any physical, mental or emotional influence that causes bodily or mental tension. Some stress is ok. Furthermore, what causes stress to one person may not be an issue to another.
Stress is our body’s built-in protection mechanism. A stressful situation can trigger a chemical reaction in the body known as “fight-or-flight.” During this stress response, you may feel your heart rate increase, muscles tighten, or blood pressure rise.
But too much stress can wreak havoc on your body. Most people can handle small amounts of stress and not feel any negative effects. However, over time, ongoing chronic stress places pressure on our nervous system that increases its activity and contributes to an overproduction of hormones. As a result, this can deplete the body’s resources, weakening the immune system and creating the potential for serious physical and psychological challenges.
SYMPTOMS OF TOO MUCH STRESS
Stress manifests itself in many ways in the body. Symptoms of too much stress can be emotional, physical, behavioral or cognitive, for example. The symptoms may be obvious such as a tight muscle, or subtle such as low energy or irritability. In order to prevent serious health problems brought on by chronic stress, it’s important to recognize your symptoms and take steps to manage them.
There are many options for treating and managing stress. First Health Associates’ integrative team of providers offers an array of stress-busting treatment modalities, including chiropractic, behavioral health and acupuncture. Taking control of your stress will help you mitigate and prevent the potential for long-term health consequences.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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