Stress Relief From Head to Toe

Stress

Are you having stress-induced headaches that you’re not sure how to cure? What about a sore neck from craning towards a computer screen all day long? Below are some expertly given suggestions on how to solve these stress related annoyances.

Headaches

Research today suggests that tension headaches can be caused by stress-induced fluctuations in our neurotransmitters that can activate pain pathways in the brain, leading to a painful headache. Tension headaches were also blamed on having tight muscles in the face and neck, either way, headaches are no fun.

Lisa Corbin, MD, medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Colorado Hospital, suggests taking ten minutes a day for deep breathing and meditation. This practice can decrease the muscle tension that often leads to a headache. Studies show that deep-breathing exercises can reduce blood pressure, relieve some stress, and promote a sense of well-being.

Breakouts

Having a bad day can show on your face; chronic-stress hormones can increase the oil production of your skin glands, resulting in unwanted blemishes or acne.

Spa guru, Susan Ciminelli, suggests drinking hot water with lemon which can help detoxify your skin. Slowly rubbing a dry loofah across your body, from your ankles to your face, can be invigorating and calming.

Stiff Neck

Sometimes sitting at a desk all day for work or even more labor intensive professions can leave your neck feeling sore, stiff, and tense. Sometimes this can cause spasms and neck cramps that are hard to endure.

David Rakel, MD, integrative medicine expert, suggests switching back and forth between applying cold and hot temperatures to the tense or sore parts of your neck.  Taking a cold shower or splashing cold water on tense muscles for 10 to seconds to a minute, then warming up the water, can help constrict and open blood vessels. This process can remove toxins like lactic acid and improve blood circulation to those sore spots.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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