The holiday season is full of fun and family. Unfortunately, it can also be a source of stress. People’s lives are a lot busier than they were even a few decades ago, and the pressure to create perfect holiday family memories can cause stress that can take a toll on the body in many different ways.

Chiropractic treatments can help treat both the physical and emotional stress the holiday season places on your body. Here’s a look at some types of physical issues people often experience during the holidays, and how a chiropractic adjustment can help.

Headaches. While fighting your way through the crowds at the mall can certainly cause a headache, sometimes physical and emotional stress can also lead the cervical vertebrae to become misaligned – resulting in a headache. Chiropractic care can often reduce or eliminate these types of stress-related headaches, as well as migraine headaches.

Neck and back pain. If you are traveling for the holidays, you could be at risk for neck and back pain due to spending prolonged time sitting in a car or plane. Your chiropractor can help provide relief for back pain in a variety of ways, including chiropractic treatments as well as massage treatments. They can also provide therapy for neck pain.

Muscle tension. If trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list has you stressed out, you will feel it in your body, including your muscles. This could lead to pain in your back, shoulders and neck, which can also lead to headaches. Your chiropractor can treat you using natural, non-invasive techniques that can help reduce muscle tension.

Difficulty sleeping. If you are having a hard time getting enough shut eye during the holidays it could be due to visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, or it could be a more serious issue. For example, back and neck pain can often lead to difficulty sleeping. In that case, chiropractic care can often alleviate discomfort. Your chiropractor may also be able to suggest a sleeping position that might help you get a better night’s sleep. They may even recommend you purchase a chiropractic pillow, or more supportive mattress.

Digestive problems. ‘Tis the season for overindulging in sugary, fatty foods. While they may taste great in the moment, they can also wreak havoc on your body and digestive system. Talk to your chiropractor to learn how you can enjoy holiday foods while still getting your nutritional needs met.

Colds and the flu. Unfortunately, the holidays fall right in the middle of cold and flu season. One way to prevent falling victim is by boosting your immune system with a visit to your chiropractor. Treatments can help improve the functioning of your central nervous system, which will better equip your body to fight off colds and the flu.

If you are feeling stress and discomfort as a result of the holidays, Absolute Health Chiropractic and Massage can help. Call us at 207-699-2622 to schedule an appointment.