Natural Ways to Decrease Stress

With all the stress that each of us are dealing with on a daily basis. It is important that we have ways for our bodies to adapt to a stressful lifestyle.

Here are 3 of the best:

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been shown to significantly improve hormone balance. The International Journal of Neuroscience, analyzed a large amount of data associated with massage therapy and stress. They found significant decreases in bad stress hormones such as cortisol (average decrease 31%) with people who regularly receive massage therapy.

And good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which have been shown to decrease the chronic stress response were found to increase due to massage. The average increase was 28% for serotonin and an average increase of 31% for dopamine.

The study authors concluded, “these studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.”


NUCCA spinal care can do a lot more than just help with symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, joint range of motion, mobility, flexibility, posture and more.

Upper cervical Chiropractic care has also been shown to positively influence stress hormones.Dramatic decreases of cortisol levels and improved immune system function has been noted in research.

This improvements in stress hormones allows your body to better adapt to your daily stresses.

Regular Exercise

When was the last time you exercised?

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Many people report they just feel better if they are regularly exercising. That’s because exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, such as serotonin and dopamine.  These good hormones are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

So now is the time to apply these stress reducing behaviors and watch the effects in your own life.

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Dr. Reanna Plancich of Discover Health Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves the Northwest Seattle area of University District, Wallingford, Wedgwood, Montlake, Laurelhurst and Capitol Hill. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and auto injuries. More information can be found on her website at

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