Dr. Chris Deveau is a chiropractic specialist in Groton, CT. He has over 21 years experience practicing in chiropractic care and related procedures. This includes physiotherapy, nutrition counseling, and instruction in proper exercise techniques. He received his DC from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He maintains professional affiliations that help ensure he remains at the forefront of chiropractic care, including the Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the Connecticut Chiropractic Council. He has also continued to get education in his discipline, with hundreds of hours of continuing education in clinical neurology, clinical nutrition, and physical rehabilitation.
How Stress Impacts Your Spinal Health
Stress is a pandemic in America. According to a recent stress survey, 34% of adults reported that their stress levels had increased over the past year. Nearly a quarter of all Americans (24%) reported that their stress levels were 8 or higher on a 10-point scale, and nearly a third (31%) said that stress had a strong or very strong negative impact on physical health. About the same (32%) reported strong or very strong negative impact on their mental and emotional health.
Those numbers represent the very real burden people face in trying to deal with stress in their lives. And one of the places where people feel the impact of stress most is in their spine, with neck and back pain.
Stress leads to muscle tension, and muscle tension can turn into pain. When you tense your muscles constantly they become sore. And because they may pull in an imbalanced way, they can cause the spine to flex out of proper alignment. This leads to pressure on the nerves as they emerge from the spine, which can cause either pain or tingling and numbness in the areas served by these nerves.
This not only leads to initial pain, it can make it harder for your body to respond to treatment. Adjustments are less likely to hold when they’re being pulled out of alignment by stressed muscles.