Stress Specialist

Stress Q & A

Stress is a common issue in modern society that can cause mental, emotional, and physical health problems. For relief from the physical symptoms of stress, John Broderick, DC, and Patricia Tamburro, DC, and the team at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offer personalized and compassionate chiropractic care. Located in Lowell and North Andover, Massachusetts, the practice is dedicated to helping you feel your best, even when life gets stressful. To get started with care, call or book an appointment online today.

Are there physical symptoms of stress?

While stress is most commonly associated with mental and emotional symptoms, like feeling overwhelmed, worried, or anxious, it can also cause physical symptoms. Common physical signs of stress include:

  • Neck ache

  • Back pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Increased number of minor accidents

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Unintentional weight gain or loss

During the natural stress response, your body produces a hormone called cortisol that can increase your heart rate, blood flow, and sweat secretion. This is sometimes called the “fight or flight” response.

​​​​​​​When your body is under stress, this normal response can also prevent normal bodily functions, like proper digestion, rest, and relaxation. In periods of prolonged stress, this response can cause long-term consequences of poor health and may predispose you to pain, illness, and mental health problems.

Can chiropractic care help with stress?

Yes, chiropractic care can help with the physical symptoms associated with stress. The team provides comprehensive treatment options to address your individual symptoms and help you feel better overall. Treatment may include chiropractic care — including traditional spinal adjustments, flexion-distraction technique, and Activator Method® — soft tissue therapy, massage, rehabilitation exercises and stretches, and nutritional counseling.

​​​​​​​With care at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you can recover from many musculoskeletal symptoms of stress. This can also reduce your overall stress levels since you’re no longer in pain or uncomfortable completing your daily tasks, including computer work, exercising, and chores at home.

How does chiropractic care relieve stress?

Chiropractic care affects your central nervous system, which functions in two ways. First, your central nervous system performs sympathetic functions, including:

  • Increasing your heart rate

  • Burning stored fuel for energy

  • Increasing muscle strength

  • Making breathing easier

This is considered your fight-or-flight response. The second function of your central nervous system is to complete parasympathetic activities. These include:

  • Digesting food

  • Eliminating waste

  • Reducing your heart rate

  • Lowering your blood pressure

These activities may be considered the “rest and digest” functions. Under stress, your body is primed to perform sympathetic functions more readily. Chiropractic care can be used to support the parasympathetic function to reduce stress symptoms.

The team understands the complexities of stress and how symptoms can manifest as physical problems. With chiropractic care, they can help your body adapt to stress better.

​​​​​​​Learn more about chiropractic for stress relief by calling or scheduling online at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation.