SOURCE: Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic

December 14, 2011 09:15 ET

Murfreesboro Rehabilitation Clinic Offers Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

MURFREESBORO, TN--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2011) - As the holidays often cause patients additional stress, Dr. Wesley Stewart and the Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic announced three tips for managing seasonal stress and enhancing wellness. The rehabilitation clinic is encouraging individuals to monitor their consumption of sugar, alcohol and caffeine, get plenty of sleep, and remember to stay active through regular exercise. According to the chiropractor Dr. Stewart, these at-home tips will help reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body.

Murfreesboro chiropractor Dr. Wesley Stewart has compiled three main recommendations to help patients manage holiday stress. These tips are lifestyle adjustments that any patient can do at home, and include monitoring food intake, getting plenty of sleep, and staying active through regular exercise. In addition to helping manage stress, Dr. Stewart indicated the tips help reduce physical symptoms of stress such as back pain, neck pain, and migraines.

"The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but between all the merrymaking and demanding schedules, it's easy to feel stressed," said Dr. Stewart. "Holiday stress can have a serious effect on overall wellness, increasing the risk of illness, fatigue and injury. Additionally, if patients are already coping with chronic pain or an injury, seasonal stress can worsen this problem."

Scientific research shows that stress has a profound effect on the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress causes physiological changes to occur, including an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. In response to stress, individuals experience headaches, back pain, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, irritability and high blood pressure. Stress can also weaken the immune system -- making individuals susceptible to colds and the flu.

According to Dr. Stewart, patients can take steps at home to effectively manage seasonal stress and enhance overall wellness.

"We all have a tendency to indulge during the holidays," said Dr. Stewart. "However, individuals need to be careful to not overload their bodies with toxins. Sugar, caffeine and alcohol affect our mood, increasing irritability, and too much of these toxins can make it difficult for our internal systems to properly function."

In addition to monitoring food intake, Dr. Stewart is also encouraging individuals to get a full eight hours of sleep each night.

"When our bodies are sleep deprived, they miss out on critical rest and recovery that's necessary for optimal function," said Dr. Stewart. "Sleep is an opportunity for the body to health itself and essential for combating seasonal stress."

As a third tip, Dr. Stewart advises individuals to say active, recommending regular exercise.

"Whether it's a walk outside with the family after a big meal, or a sweat session at the gym, regular exercise is a must for combating seasonal stress," said Dr. Stewart. "Exercise enhances mood, raising endorphin levels."

In addition to these at-home tips, Dr. Stewart says many patients benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy at the spinal rehabilitation center. In addition to reducing stress, these treatments release muscle tension, improve blood flow, and strengthen the immune system.

More information about Dr. Stewart and the Murfreesboro spinal rehabilitation center can be found on the center's website

Contact Information

  • Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic
    Murfreesboro, TN