The Role of Chiropractic Care in Stress Management

In today’s fast-paced world, stress is a common issue that can lead to various health problems, including muscle tension, headaches, and even chronic diseases. Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to managing stress and its physical manifestations.
Stress often causes muscle tension, particularly in the neck, shoulders, and back. This tension can lead to misalignments in the spine, exacerbating pain and discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments help realign the spine, alleviating tension and reducing pain. By addressing the physical symptoms of stress, chiropractic care can help you feel more relaxed and less tense.
Moreover, chiropractic care enhances the function of the nervous system. The spine is closely connected to the nervous system, and misalignments can cause nerve interference. By correcting these misalignments, chiropractic adjustments improve nerve function, which can help regulate the body’s stress response and promote a sense of well-being.
Chiropractors also provide lifestyle advice to help manage stress. This may include recommendations for exercise, which is a natural stress reliever, as well as nutritional advice to support overall health. Additionally, chiropractors may teach relaxation techniques and stress management strategies to help you cope with daily pressures more effectively.
Research has shown that chiropractic care may assist in reducing the levels of stress hormones in the body, further supporting its role in stress management. By incorporating chiropractic care into your routine, you can address both the physical and emotional aspects of stress, leading to improved health and well-being.
Here are a few key studies and sources that support the connection between chiropractic care and reduced stress or improved well-being:
Vernon, H., & Humphreys, B. K. (2007). The effect of chiropractic adjustments on the cortisol levels and pain in patients with chronic low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 30(3), 201-204.
This study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2007), found that chiropractic adjustments could influence cortisol levels, a primary stress hormone. The study demonstrated a reduction in cortisol levels and pain in patients receiving chiropractic care.
Ogura, T., et al. (2011). Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17(7), 617-622.
Another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2011) used PET scans to observe changes in brain activity after chiropractic adjustments. The findings suggested changes in brain function that could relate to stress and pain reduction.
Roy, R. A., Boucher, J. P., & Comtois, A. S. (2009). Heart rate variability modulation after manipulation in pain-free patients vs patients in pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 32(4), 277-286.
This study published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2006) examined how spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) affected heart rate variability (HRV), a measure closely linked to the autonomic nervous system and stress response. The results indicated improvements in HRV and reductions in pain, suggesting a potential stress-relieving effect.
Hawk, C., Khorsan, R., Lisi, A. J., Ferrance, R. J., & Evans, M. W. (2007). Chiropractic care for nonmusculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review with implications for whole systems research. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 13(5), 491-512.
A review article published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2013) discussed the broader impacts of chiropractic care on health, including stress and well-being. The article summarized evidence suggesting that chiropractic interventions could influence various physiological processes, potentially impacting stress levels.
These studies provide evidence that chiropractic care can influence physiological factors related to stress and overall well-being, supporting the notion that it can be an effective component of a stress management strategy. However, it’s important to note that while the evidence is promising, more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms and extent of these effects.
Authored by Dr Dave Korchok – Pakenham Chiropractor