Chiropractic and Stress

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2024 has caused many Americans an unprecedented level of stress. The American Psychological Association discusses those impacts HERE. In addition to adjusting to the impacts of a rather stressful year, the holiday season often causes stress for many people. People rush to complete last-minute shopping. They strain their bodies cleaning the house or hanging holiday lights. Winter driving creates more stress and tension behind the wheel. In short, the holiday season is magical but can raise stress levels and wreak havoc on your body. Below we discuss common symptoms of how stress manifests throughout the body. We also explore the relationship between chiropractic and stress relief.


Absolutely! Stress manifests throughout the body in many ways. Tension builds throughout the body as a result of stress. In addition to tension, many suffering from stress experience digestive problems, neurologic problems, and other problems that often appear unrelated. Chiropractors spend countless hours and years learning about the entire human body and the communication and collaboration of its systems. This means that chiropractors often successfully treat stress-related symptoms and help patients find more complete relief than they initially expected.


Chiropractors specialize in the spine and neck, also called the cervical spine. These areas represent a major structural component of the body. Perhaps more importantly, they also represent the major network for communication from the brain to all major systems in the body. This means that chiropractors understand the broad impact of stress throughout the body. By treating the body and opening up the key communication networks, chiropractors help treat stress holistically. Examples of different ways chiropractors help alleviate stress include:

Reducing Muscle Tension

Stress causes muscles to tighten and tense throughout the body. As these muscles tighten they can pull the body out of alignment or further exacerbate improper alignment issues. These tense muscles lead to discomfort and even pain in many people. This new pain and discomfort create sleeping problems. The pain from the tension throughout the body, combined with poor sleep leads to further stress. This stress creates more tension and the cycle continues without many patients understanding their options for relief.

A trained chiropractor helps a patient release tension throughout the muscles in their body. They also provide adjustments to realign the body’s spine providing relief for the muscles AND a break from straining harder than necessary. Once the body is aligned our skilled doctors provide a combination of dolphin neurostim and soft tissue care for the patients. This helps retrain the body to hold alignment for longer periods of time and relieves the natural tension caused by the stress, thus breaking the physical side of the vicious stress cycle mentioned above.

Fix Communication Channels for Major Body Systems

As mentioned above, stress can create tension throughout the muscles making it easier to pull the body out of alignment. When improperly aligned, the body not only experiences pain and discomfort, it causes communication issues for the body’s major systems. This can cause patients to experience stomach issues, headaches, neurological issues, and more. Chiropractic adjustments help the body maintain proper alignment, which allows the body’s systems to work more effectively. Proper alignment not only allows increased blood flow to areas of the body but also opens up the nervous system to provide relief throughout the body. Many patients visit us expecting pain relief, and they get it. They often also report feeling relief from gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, and other ailments.

Provide Chronic Pain Relief

Many Americans overlook stress or consider it a part of their daily lives. This causes many patients to live with the side effects of stress for long periods of time. They often only seek out help when they’ve experienced chronic pain that keeps them from performing their regular daily activities. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont specializes in treating chronic pain as well as helping the body hold proper alignment to stop the pain from returning. Chiropractic and stress relief through daily routine changes can transform a patient’s quality of life.

Provide Regular Maintenance to Help the Body Cope With Stress

Everyone experiences stress differently and for many people, it’s an unavoidable fact of life. We understand that life must go on and our patients will have a variety of reasons to need to learn to cope with stressful situations. We only ask that you let us help. Our doctors can help patients drastically reduce the symptoms of prolonged stress through regular visits. Many patients are familiar with the required maintenance for their vehicles, but they often overlook the value of regular maintenance for their bodies. Through regular treatments, patients can maximize the incredible power of the human body and teach it to navigate stress more effectively.


Many people in America suffer from stress. They often experience tension in their muscles, problems with sleep, trouble with digestion, and other symptoms. Although it would be great to live a life without stress, we understand that’s simply not possible for most people. We believe we are able to help patients learn to use their bodies to cope with their stress more effectively while providing the relief they need. Whether you need relief from the tension, better communication throughout your body, help with chronic pain, or regular visits to minimize the effects of stress, we’ve got your back (pun intended)! If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic relieves stress in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

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Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. Dave's clinics have received multiple accolades, being voted "Best of Boulder" and "Best of the West" nine times. He has treated numerous world-class athletes and is dedicated to providing the best results for his patients in the shortest possible time.