Understanding Stress and Subluxations

By Keith Giaquinto | Posted OnApril 1, 2024

Stress Got You Tied Up in Knots? We all know stress can wreak havoc on our minds, but did you know it might also impact your body’s alignment? Chiropractors often talk about “subluxations” caused by stress, but how exactly does that work?

The Stress Response and Your Body’s Autobahn

Imagine your spine as the Autobahn, a highway for nerve signals communicating between your brain and body. When stressed, your body releases hormones like cortisol, putting it on high alert. This can cause muscles to tense and tighten, pulling your spinal bones out of alignment. These misalignments are what chiropractors call subluxations.

Subluxations: Big Impact from Tiny Shifts?

Think of it like this: a tiny bump in the road might not seem like a big deal, but over time, it can cause wear and tear on your car. Similarly, subluxations might not always cause immediate pain, but they can lead to issues like:

  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Reduced flexibility and range of motion
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Even problems with organ function, immunity, inflammation and/or hormonal balance


It’s Important to Note:

The link between stress and subluxations is a complex one.  Chiropractors address subluxations through spinal adjustments that can improve nerve function and balance the body to alleviate these issues.

Taking Control: Managing Stress and Your Spine

While stress can contribute to subluxations, the good news is there are ways to manage both:

  • Stress-reduction techniques: Developing healthy habits like exercise, yoga, meditation, journaling and deep breathing can help calm your nervous system and minimize the physical effects of stress.
  • Regular chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustments restore proper spinal alignment, strengthens your body which improves overall health.

The Key Takeaway:

While the science is still evolving, understanding the connection between stress and subluxations can empower you to take charge of your well-being. If you’re concerned about subluxations or your overall health, consult a qualified chiropractor or healthcare professional to discuss your options. Remember, a healthy spine and a calm mind go hand-in-hand!