Today’s 24/7 lifestyle makes it more difficult than ever to give yourself the time and space you need to unplug, slow down, and relax completely. It comes as no surprise, then, that chronic stress is one of the most common complaints among adults across all walks of life. Josephine Huang, MD, of Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center can help you de-stress your body and revitalize your mind. Call her Chinatown, New York City office today, or click online to schedule an appointment at any time.
A little bit of stress can be a good thing in the right situation — when you find yourself in a dangerous or critical situation that requires immediate action, your internal stress response is what drives you to react.
Unfortunately, living in a constant state of stress can take a real toll on your overall wellbeing and long-term health. Although chronic stress isn’t always intense, it is always present, and it tends to escalate easily.
Chronic stress boosts your chances of developing a variety of serious health problems, ranging from hypertension and heart disease to digestive disorders and memory problems. Chronic stress can also cause structural and functional changes in your brain that increase your risk of developing anxiety or depression.
When you’re stressed out more often than not, you’re more likely to gain weight, suffer from insomnia, and have trouble concentrating. You’re also more likely to have elevated markers for inflammation and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Your adrenal glands are a pair of walnut-shaped organs that produce several important stress hormones, including cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Situated just above your kidneys, these small glands also make DHEA, a precursor hormone that’s integral to the production of reproductive hormones like testosterone and estrogen.
Because stress stimulates your adrenal glands, chronic stress is a leading cause of adrenal fatigue. When your adrenal glands are exhausted, they pump out more cortisol and less DHEA, which negatively impacts estrogen and testosterone production. These stress-driven hormonal imbalances can lead to:
Managing your stress levels — and gaining the upper hand over chronic stress — is the best way to restore adrenal gland function and improve related health issues.
Chronic stress may feel overwhelming, but it’s a highly treatable problem that often improves greatly or disappears completely with the right approach.
After an initial evaluation that helps establish the nature and severity of your stress condition, Dr. Huang can develop a holistic, personalized treatment plan that gives you the information, tools, and medical support you need to cultivate a healthier state of mind. Your plan may include:
Acupuncture can also be highly useful for easing chronic stress. Besides restoring optimal balance to your internal flow of energy, it also stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins.
To find out all the ways Dr. Huang can help you overcome chronic stress, call Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center, or schedule an appointment online today.