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10 Ways Stress Can Affect Physical Health

May 7, 2018

10 Ways Stress Can Affect Physical Health

For some time now it’s been known that stress can have a detrimental impact on the human body. Unfortunately, most people regularly suffer from stress. Apparently seven in ten people in North America regularly deal with significant stress and its physical effects. Stress and anxiety can be seen in many different parts of the body. Being able to identify how stress is affecting your physical health can help you identify the problem and make necessary changes. 1. Headaches For many people, times of stress mean frequent headaches. Experts find that stress often leads to tension headaches, which are caused when muscles in the upper back and neck tense up. The end result can be contracting scalp muscles and painful headaches. Consistent anxiety can also lead to painful migraine headaches, which are tough to get rid of and can last for hours, even days. To reduce tension headaches, in addition to chiropractic treatment, patients can be encouraged to be more active or engage in relaxing activities, such as getting a massage or taking a warm bath.

March 12, 2018

Joint pain isn’t any fun. Whether it’s an on-and-off achy shoulder or a lingering discomfort in your knee, pain in your joints can cause a great deal of uncertainty and worry. Recurring joint pain may keep you from activities you once enjoyed without limits, and sometimes, depending on the severity of the pain, it can be nerve-wracking to think about the potential of serious underlying issues. That’s not to mention the stress you may experience from considering the realities of different treatment options, the costs of rehabilitation and more. You’re probably aware that there are dozens of reasons why you might be experiencing joint pain. It could be due to an injury, arthritis, or a host of other things. But one of the questions we find people continually asking is, “Can anxiety cause joint pain?” Stress can have a lot of negative effects on your body. And yes, consistent stress in your everyday life can absolutely be a contributing factor to joint pain. Of course, it can be a “chicken or the egg” type of situation – anxiety can be making your joint pain worse, or the existence of joint pain in general could be the source of your anxiety. But stressful situations can both directly and indirectly be linked

February 28, 2018

The Nervous System and Pain   There is no single “pain center” in the body. Your nervous system controls how you process and feel pain. When the body is damaged by disease or injury, tissues in the affected area release chemicals that communicate with nerves. Nerve pathways carry the messages from that area to the spinal cord and up to the brain. Pain information goes to several parts of the brain that recognize pain but also help control and adjust mood, sleep and hormones. That’s why having chronic pain can affect so many aspects of your body and daily life. The brain sends messages back through the pathways down to the body to reduce or stop pain sensations. The message from the brain may also trigger an immediate response, for example, to pull your hand away from a hot stove. In the case of arthritis, various pain relief treatments can target your nervous system in different ways:

  • Calming overactive nerves and therefore reducing the amount pain messages sent helping to heal the body in that area.
  • Stimulating the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins that also help your body to heal.

When you have arthritis pain for a long time, ne

February 26, 2018

A Modern Spine Ailment: Text Neck You may have noticed a new buzzword in health news recently: Text neck. Text neck is the term commonly used these days to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other devices too frequently and for too long. It seems increasingly common, and you can frequently see patients come in to a healthcare practice complaining of severe upper back pain. They can wake up in the morning experiencing severe, acute, upper back muscle strain. But the pain is very often due to the hours a person spends hunched over their cell phone. This diagnosis is commonly referred to as text neck. Of course, this posture of bending your neck to look down does not occur only when texting. For years, we’ve all looked down to read. The problem with texting is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down—and people tend to do it for much longer periods of time. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

February 16, 2018

 

5 non-invasive pain relief techniques that really work

Sometimes pain has a purpose — it can alert us that we’ve sprained an ankle, for example. But for many people, pain can linger for weeks or even months, causing needless suffering and interfering with quality of life. If your pain has overstayed its welcome, you should know that you have more treatment options to address this. However, here we’ve listed eight techniques to control and reduce your pain that don’t require an invasive procedure — or even taking a pill.

  1. Cold and heat.These two tried-and-true methods are still the cornerstone of relieving pain for certain kinds of injuries. If a homemade hot or cold pack doesn’t do the trick, try asking a physical therapist or chiropractor for their versions of these treatments, which can penetrate deeper into the muscle and tissue.
  2. Exercise.Physical activity plays a crucial role in interrupting the “vicious cycle” of pain and reduced mobility found in some chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Try gentle aerobic activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling.
  3. Controlling

January 22, 2018

Stiff Muscles Are you experiencing any of these physical symptoms?

  • Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Recent loss of interest in sex
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Restlessness

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms, call Lawrence Health Wellness Clinic at 519-746-4144 to get your complimentary assessment of your health condition that is contributing to how you are feeling.

Posted in General Wellness, Head, Neck & Back Pain by drlawrence
January 11, 2018

As we embark on the new year, we have one question…How is the health of your family? We know that you value your spinal health, but what about the spinal health of your family? Our spines our made of bone which encases the most important system in our body…our central nervous system. The system controls everything in your body including your immune system. Our spine will break down, just as any joint or bone will. We call this spinal degeneration or degenerative joint disease. A subluxation is when 2 or more bones in the spine stop moving properly and this sets the stage for degeneration and can happen at any age. Care from Dr. Lawrence keeps our spines healthy and hereby keeps our nervous system free from interference that can affect how the body functions. I’m sure you would like your family to get healthy and to stay as healthy as possible. Young and old…they all deserve to be as healthy as you. Share the health you have received from Lawrence Health Wellness Clinic and bring your family in for a spinal check-up.They’ll thank you for it! Look well to the spine

October 20, 2017

bodys ability to heal Join Dr. Lawrence to gain an understanding of where symptoms are coming from, how to take control of it and the effects it has on your body. The workshops are interactive where people can participate and address their own symptoms. Bring a friend, neighbour or loved one and show them how they can benefit from care Lawrence Health Wellness Clinic. Call 519-746-4144 or email info@drblawrence.com to reserve your spot…its free information that will help treat the cause not just the symptom.

September 6, 2017
For thousands of years it’s been known that a healthy spine is essential for a healthy life.
Most people think health is having no symptoms. This is truly not the case. In fact, the first symptom of heart disease for 40% of those who suffer from it is a severe or fatal heart attack!
Currently, society’s emphasis has been on the removal of symptoms rather than on creating an environment in which the body can function as close to 100% as possible. Health can be achieved and maintained when your emphasis shifts toward creating optimum function, not simply removing symptoms.
Information obtained from: korenpublications.com
Come to a free workshop and learn how the Koren technique can help with an array of symptoms. This technique keeps your nervous system balanced and you in optimal health. Call 519-746-4144 to reserve your spot now!
September 6, 2017

School has started, it is critical for kids’ health that they have a proper backpack. Heavy and poorly fitted backpacks can affect a kids’ musculoskeletal (MSK) health. Your MSK system provides your form, support, stability and movement to the body. When the MSK system is compromised this creates a wide range of symptoms and conditions that your body will experience, sometimes immediately but most times you won’t feel anything until years later. Carrying heavy loads long term can cause problems to your MSK system and can create many problems with your health in the future. Some symptoms may include back pain, leaning to one side and feeling fatigued and strained. For more information on choosing the correct backpack speak with Dr. Lawrence. Better yet come to a free workshop and you can ask all your questions and receive the answers that will best help you. Call 519-746-4144 or email info@drblawrence.com for more information.