When we say the word, “relaxation,” what do we mean? You may think no stress, or picture yourself smiling and content, but what is actually happening in the body, and how do we make it happen? Besides being fun, relaxing is also crucial for keeping stress levels balanced, getting proper, restful sleep, improving mood and preventing disease. Chronically high levels of stress hormones can leave you spun out and at risk for certain health conditions and a weakened immune system.
When we are relaxed:
- Muscle tension is reduced
- Blood circulation to the body and, more importantly, the brain, improves, bringing nutrients and oxygen necessary for cells to refresh, respire and function properly.
- Heart rate slows
- Breathing becomes slower, fuller and more regular.
The question of how do we make it happen is complicated and detailed to the individual. Everyone has their own mix of inputs that makes them happy; the important part is to not ignore or neglect these factors. Letting the stresses of daily life dominate our lives often leads us to forget how to feel good and, while working hard is important, so is balancing the hard work with quality relaxation. “Good Relaxation,” is the kind that decreases the effects of stress to the brain and body and it can take practice. At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we can help you find the things in your life that truly help you relax and this may mean beginning by treating your body. Fixing pain is the quickest way to decrease stress and we can help you do just that!
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.