There are many causes of stress in our lives. From mental and emotional stress, to chemical, physical, and environmental stresses, it is important to have strategies to help counteract all the negativity. At Positive Motion Chiropractic we can help you learn some simple techniques you can use to decrease the stress in your life and feel fantastic!
Exercise—Not Just for Your Body
Regular exercise is an absolute proven stress reduction technique. But sometimes we feel even too stressed to work out on a consistent basis. Simple modifications in posture, habits, thought, and behavior often go a long way toward reducing feelings of stress and tensions.
A Simple and Effective Exercise
Progressive relaxation is an effective therapy for inducing the relaxation response. People are first taught to contract and relax their face and neck muscles. These muscles are tensed for one to two seconds and then relaxed. This simple procedure helps patients experience the difference in blood flow to a muscle when it is stressed—and away from the muscle when it is relaxed. The contracting procedure is repeated progressively, from the face and neck to the upper chest and arms, the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and feet. The whole process is repeated two or three times, and produces a deep state of relaxation.