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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

Can stress cause pain?

Chiropractor Vero Beach-Stress can do many different things to our body and can cause some of our pain. When we are really stressed out, our body tends to be in a constant state of fight or flight. That means adrenaline is constantly released from the adrenal glands and some parts of the central nervous system that keeps our bodies in a state of agitation. After prolonged fight or flight, our bodies tend to produce cortisol which also comes from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is like an alarm system for our body and is very inflammatory. As we know, inflammation causes pain. This pain can be referred to as psychosomatic pain. Or mind generated body pain that is increased by our inflammatory levels going up. Proper sleep and exercise can help fight stress along with diet. It is not easy to reduce stress all the time, but we can do some very simple things to help combat these effects of stress. Spinal adjustments also help release endorphins to help reduce the effects of stress. So, it’s important to see your chiropractor in your times of increased stress to help reduce its damaging effects and to help deal with the pains it creates. Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic in Vero Beach, Florida.

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