Stress and Spinal Subluxations: A Vicious Cycle that Needs to be Broken


Our bodies are complex instruments and the connections between different parts of the body aren’t what you’d expect. In fact, the interconnectedness of the body is often hard to believe if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. For example, stress levels can be impacted by subluxations (misalignments) in the spine, and vice versa. Breaking this cycle is key to getting and staying healthy in the long run. And, it all starts with understanding how the many systems of the body work as a whole.

It’s daunting to attempt to understand the relationship your spine has with your stress level. Luckily, chiropractors are spinal experts. They make it easy to not only understand how your spine may be impacting your daily life, but to also take control of a situation that might be having negative effects.

The friendly and experienced team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA wants to help you understand your spine. Moreover, we want to help you understand the link between spine health and stress, so you can live a happier, healthier daily life.

Understanding the impact of stress on the body

Stress is a normal, natural response of the body’s nervous system to any kind of threat. This reaction is what helped our ancestors avoid predators and survive. It’s part of our ‘fight or flight’ response. When the body is under stress, the heart beats faster and the senses are heightened.

Modern life, unfortunately, involves many potential stressors that can have a negative impact on health. More than just generating stress to help keep us alive, today our bodies are working overtime to keep us alert and engaged. This results in an overload of stress, caused by numerous factors such as:

  • Lack of sleep;
  • Long working hours;
  • Polluted environments;
  • Sedentary lifestyle;
  • Fear of economic insecurity.

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The stress cycle

The impact of stress is varied from person to person. Some people get hives and break out. Others become depressed. Some people develop musculoskeletal conditions and high blood pressure. Back and neck pain is common as well.

Some experts believe stress is a leading cause of back pain, which affects millions of American adults. It starts as a dull ache and becomes more pronounced over time, eventually becoming apparent as subluxations in the spine. This then results in pinched or compressed nerves.

When the nervous system isn’t functioning properly, the body generates even more stress. Ultimately, this creates a cycle of mental and physical pain that feeds back into itself.

Breaking the cycle

Stopping stress from causing back pain and back pain from generating more stress starts with a chiropractor. Correcting subluxations through targeted spinal adjustments is a direct way to intervene in the stress-pain cycle. Restoring spine health can work to lower stress, which, in turn, lowers the risk of generating tension and pain that causes more stress.

But chiropractic isn’t just about solving immediate problems. It’s also focused on preventative care, helping patients lead a less stressful lifestyle to stop future problems from occurring. From adopting a healthier diet to therapeutic massage and physical therapy, a chiropractor will discuss multiple treatment options tailored to specific stress-induced conditions.

Are you tired of the stress and back pain cycle? It’s time to work with the team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help tailor an adjustment schedule and wellness plan that tackles your unique spine and stress-related conditions.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.