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What to Know About the 3 Types of Stress

What to Know About the 3 Types of Stress

If there’s one thing we’ve realized from 2020, it’s that stress and the issues it causes is not uncommon. Unfortunately, some of the side effects of stress you can experience include low energy, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, and other changes in behavior. 

Today, your dedicated McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center will list the 3 types of stress and the effect it has on your body. 



Understanding the Different Types of Stress

Stress is defined as the body’s physical response to an event or thought that results in frustration, anger, or nervousness. There are 3 main types of stress, including acute, episodic acute, and chronic stress. 

Acute Stress

Acute stress is the most common of the three. Acute stress is usually triggered by a stressful or traumatic event, and typically lasts less than a month. As noted in the name, acute stress develops quickly but generally does not last long. 

Symptoms of acute stress include: 

  • Heart palpitations 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea 
  • Sweating

Acute stress can develop in any person of any age. When acute stress lasts for more than a month, the individual may actually be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Episodic Acute Stress

Episodic acute stress takes place when you experience acute stress frequently. Although the periods of stress are short, experiencing them can lead to the following side effects: 

  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Tightness and pain in the muscles 
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Heartburn
  • Digestive problems
  • Frequent panic attacks 

Episodic stress can make you feel as if you are constantly under pressure and that things are bound to go wrong. This results in feelings of exhaustion both physically and mentally. 

Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is the persistent feeling of being pressured and overwhelmed for a long period of time. Various factors can cause chronic stress but some of the most common are financial problems, taking care of a sick family member, a traumatic event, and emotional problems like depression or anxiety. 

Some of the side effects of chronic stress include:

  • Extreme irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Difficulty sleeping

When left untreated, chronic stress can increase the risk of developing other health issues, such as heart disease or problems with the immune system. If you are dealing with chronic stress, it is vital that you seek out professional help as soon as possible.

How Can I Treat Stress?

The good news is that stress can be relieved in various ways. 

One way to relieve stress is through chiropractic treatment. When you’re stressed, your body is tenser, thus impacting your spine over time. Our McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center can adjust your spine to restore your body’s natural balance. 

Through chiropractic treatment, the spine can lead to overall healing that can soothe the nervous system. By visiting your local chiropractor regularly, you are able to manage your stress levels and start the journey to living a stress-free life. 

Relieve Your Stress With Hendrick Wellness Center

If you have been suffering from any of the 3 types of stress, now is your time to give chiropractic care a try. 

There is no better time to get your stress under control. Let us help you today!

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