By Dr. Ryan Burkhart

“I feel like I carry my stress in my shoulders.”

“I have been very stressed at work lately.”

Many patients cite these and similar stressors as a hindrance to their health and wellness. As healthcare providers, we often detect increased objective findings of muscle spasms and inflammation in patients that report more stress. How does stress affect the body and what does research say the lasting effects could be?

Stress has a systemic or whole-body effect. The negative effects over a prolonged period of time can cause irreversible changes to the muscles, joints, and bones. Intense, chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of 41 autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease. The risk may be compounded when other conditions such as PTSD are also involved.

Having a team of many healthcare providers is important in preserving health. Chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture and medical care are often cited as way to reduce the negative effects of inflammatory conditions.  

At Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic, we offer natural supplements to our patients, which in addition to chiropractic care to help increase and maintain health. Call today to learn more and set up an appointment (616)698-0046.
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