Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg

Signs of Stress

Find Relief Through Upper Cervical Care

Misalignment and other signs of stress on your body

Upper cervical chiropractic care can help relieve signs of stress in your body. These can be manifested in physical, mental, or behavioral symptoms, or any combination of the three.

This growing method of chiropractic care focuses on the atlas and the axis, the first two bones in the neck, known as the upper cervical spine. These two vertebrae cradle the brain stem, a vitally important part of the nervous system. The relationship between the upper cervical spine and the brain stem is crucial.

The top two vertebrae are very susceptible to injury or misalignment, as they are the most mobile parts of the spine. Misalignment can interrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body, which can disrupt bodily functions and cause health problems.

Restoring these messages can help the body heal itself from the manifestations of stress in your body. Upper cervical care recognizes your body's role in its own healing and creates a pathway toward a healthier you.

When your brain cannot communicate to the rest of your body due to a subluxation in your spine, the body becomes stressed. Below are some common signs of stress on the body, including physical, mental, and behavioral manifestations.

Physical Signs of Stress

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Chest pain
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Low energy
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Sleep difficulties and nightmares
  • Dry mouth or other difficulty swallowing
  • Clenching the jaw or grinding teeth
  • Tremors
  • Lightheadedness
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Rashes
  • Allergy-like attacks
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Frequent urination
  • Hair loss
  • Eye twitching

Mental Signs of Stress

  • Anxiety
  • Worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Restlessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of worthlessness

Behavioral Signs of Stress

  • Overeating
  • Not eating enough
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Procrastination
  • Nervous behaviors such as biting nails, fidgeting and pacing
  • Obsessive or compulsive behavior
  • Excessive smoking
  • Social withdrawal and isolation

Let the Body Heal Itself

These symptoms are not self-contained. Unchecked, seemingly minor signs of stress could lead to serious, chronic medical conditions or major difficulties in functioning, including:

  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Frequent infections and colds
  • Mental health problems
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Skin and hair problems
  • Various cancers
  • Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, seizures, etc.

Upper cervical care can help you avoid escalation of stress-related issues. Therapeutic manipulation of a small but vital area of the body lets the body do its job of healing itself with minimal intervention.

By focusing on the upper cervical spine instead of manipulating specific problem areas, upper cervical care makes way for the power of the brain and its ability to tell the body what to do. Your brain is essentially a computer, and like a computer, it needs to be able to properly communicate to the entire body. Upper cervical chiropractic care facilitates this communication.

Dealing with signs of stress sooner rather than later can make your life better, now and in the future.