The American Psychological Association new survey now shows evidence that Americans are simply stressed out.
The survey which was conducted online from August 3 to August 27th of 1,134 adults aged 18 and older. The survey consisted also of 100 adults with children aged 8 to 17. In addition to this survey another survey which they had conducted of 937 adults who had children. Also, included in this report are results from a different survey conducted August 19th to August 24th of 1,136 young persons age range from eight to seventeen years old.
The survey had discovered that the larger part of Americans revealing 51% live with moderate stress, meaning on a scale of one to ten equals to a level of four to seven. That figure matches the same rate found on last years survey. Twenty-four percent of adults indicated they endure severe stress.
It is no shock money, work and the economy are the leading causes of stress. Job stability is running close behind on the top stress causing list. Almost half of the adults had noted job stability as a stress source which is an increase from 44% in 2009.
A majority of parents do not believe that their children are affected by their stress however, the children had a different view. Almost three quarters of parents believe their stress had only a slight or no effect on their children. Regardless of their belief 91% of the children noted they knew their parents were stressed out.
The report had also appraised stress levels of certain metropolitan areas including the District. D.C. residents had an a average reported a 5.3 stress level out of ten. This was a little lower than the 5.6 that was reported in 2009.
Estimates have shown that two-thirds of visits to health practitioners are due to stress. Stress can effect a persons body in numerous ways.
Some primary reactions on your body from stress
Nervous System: When stressed the body quickly will change its energy sources in battling off the recognized threat. The nervous system will alert the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol hormones. The heart beats quicker, blood pressure goes up among other changes. System returns to normal when stress is eliminated.
Musculoskeletal System: When stressed muscles become tense. When the muscles tighten up it can produce headaches, migraines and other musculoskeletal issues.
Respiratory System: Not only does stress cause a person to breathe harder it can bring about rapid breathing or hyperventilation which can cause panic attacks in some persons.
Cardiovascular System: Acute stress like being stuck in traffic can speed up heart rate and cause heart muscles to tighten. On going episodes of acute stress can lead to inflammation of the coronary arteries which are believed to lead to heart attacks.
There are alternative treatments available for stress instead of taking prescription medications such Xanax and others that can cause numerous side effects and at times.
Chiropractors work mainly with the spine which is the foundation of the nervous system that allow nerve impulses to travel from the brain to rest of the body. One result from chronic stress is muscle tension and muscles tightening. The tension brings about uneven pressure on the bones of the body. This can produce an misalignment in the spinal column known as a subluxation.
Chronic stress also produces nerve irritation. Chiropractic adjustments releases muscle tension that aides the body to return to normal, balanced and a relaxed state. Spinal nerve irritation is eliminated and blood circulation becomes improved.
Treatments through chiropractic are drug free and non-surgical. Chiropractors look at the human body with special attention to the physiological and biochemical aspects. Major concerns in a chiropractic exam can include spinal or musculoskeletal structure, neurological activity, vascular systems, nutrition, emotions and environmental relationships.
Several treatments may be used such as herbs, massage, nutritional advices and even exercises. Most adjustments average 20 minutes. Anxiety and stress attack the weak area of the spine. The chiropractor will inform you of how many treatments and the frequency of treatments needed. Most times just monthly checks may be needed.
According to Chinese Medicine stress and anxiety interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Many persons with severe stress have compliments of pain including that in shoulders and neck.
The stress causes tension which blocks in the areas that block the flow of energy.
Acupuncture treatments address the blockages. The acupuncture points that are used aide the energy to flow smoothly and reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety along with the stress and anxiety its-self.
Yoga provides a wealth of health benefits. In stress the controlled breathing exercises are popular for stress management and relaxation.
Yoga has many different forms and styles. Hatha yoga is one of the main choices for stress. It is one of the most common styles and easy for beginners to practice since it is slow paced and has easier movements.
The herbs used for stress helps the body cope and adjust to inside and outside pressures. Here are a few of the best known herbs for stress:
Siberian Ginseng: One of the most popular herbs. It heightens stamina levels and allows adjustments for external sources of stress. It heightens immunity to stress.
Mitake: Is from the Chinese mushroom. It stimulates the immune system and aides the body to adapt to stress.
Gotu Kola: This herb for a very long time has been used in Native American medicine. It aides the body in coping with stress and provides relief for anxiety.
If you are unsure about which herbs to use or have questions it is usually best to see the advice of a herbalist. They are familiar with herbs, their uses and dosages and would be able to provide information as to which herbs would be best for you to use dependent on your situation.Sources: