At West End Chiropractic and Wellness we see a lot of patients that suffer from chronic or ongoing pain. For most we never stop to think about underlying hormonal issues and how they can effect our body. Cortisol is one the these hormones that can play serious role in how our body feels.
Cortisol is a hormone that is released within your body during stressful times. It is sent out during “fight or flight” instances along with your adrenaline. There is a time and place for cortisol to be present in your body but like anything else, too much turns into causing adverse effects on the inside and out. This can happen from chronic stress throughout life and without any stress relief efforts.
So how can you reduce your cortisol levels naturally?
- Get more quality sleep – Over time, sleep deprivation causes increased levels of cortisol. Start trying to sleep on a regular schedule without the use of phones, tablets or T.V.’s before bedtime
- Exercise regularly – Exercise decreases cortisol at night. Intense exercise increases cortisol in the short term due to stress on the body, but still decreases it the following night.
- Mindfulness/Meditation – Many relaxation techniques are proven to lower cortisol. Examples include deep breathing, yoga and tai chi, music and massage.
- Get Adjusted – An chiropractic adjustment to specific areas of the spine can have a direct effect on how the body functions and manages cortisol. Get adjusted and reduce your inflammation and pain!
If you have been suffering from chronic pain or always feeling stressed out call us today to see how we can help you get back on track with your life. Call West End Chiropractic and Wellness today at (952) 500-8477!