How An Anchorage AK Chiropractor Can Help With Stress

How an Anchorage AK Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Stress, Pain, and Tension

Chiropractic Anchorage AK Stress

Chronic stress shows up first in your body. If stress makes you fatigued, sick, dizzy, or tense, the situation may escalate to headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, back pain, and more.

Fortunately, there is something you can do. Regular chiropractic visits can help reverse the pain and stiffness caused by stress. At Excellence in Health in Anchorage AK, we can restore your body and help you get back on the right track to a more active and less stressful life. Here’s a look at stress, its effects, and how we relieve it all through adjustments, massage therapy, and other helpful measures.

Is stress causing you pain and tension? Get help by scheduling a visit at Excellence in Health, your Anchorage chiropractor!

What is Stress?

If you’re wondering how a chiropractor can help with stress, we can first teach you what it is and how to recognize it. Stress refers to anything that causes strain in your body, emotions, or mind. Stress happens most when your life changes in some way. Whether you have new financial problems, family disruptions, or career challenges, these things all create a situation in which you need to pay attention and take action.

Unfortunately, there are many things in life that are out of our control. Maybe you can’t resolve the situation because others won’t cooperate or you don’t have the necessary resources. Either way, you still have stress and must find a way to deal with it if you want to stay healthy and calm. Stress damages your health in so many ways, and your chiropractor can explain the importance of health in your life.

How to Recognize When You're Stressed

Sometimes, life happens so fast and unexpectedly that we don’t even realize we’re stressed. Yet, if you know the signs to watch for, you can recognize stress when it happens. Look for the following symptoms.

  • Feeling agitated, moody, or frustrated
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
  • Inability to relax
  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-isolation
  • Worrying more than usual
  • Racing thoughts
  • Making bad decisions
  • Inability to focus
  • Pessimism
  • Appetite changes
  • Avoiding responsibilities
  • Using drugs or alcohol more than usual
  • Biting your nails, pacing, or fidgeting

How Stress Affects Your Body

Stress can affect all parts of your body and brain. When you’re stressed, your fight, flight or freeze response kicks in, and tension comes up throughout your body. Your body releases cortisol often called the stress hormone. Excessive stress increases your risk of the following conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Rapid heartbeat and chest pain
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain
  • Menstrual issues
  • Skin and hair problems
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Frequent infections due to a weakened immune response
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

While a little bit of stress can help you perform at your best or protect yourself in a crisis, too much stress can harm your physical, mental, and emotional health. Here’s a look at three problems that are caused or exacerbated by stress.


Whenever you have an acute stress response, your body naturally tenses up. This prepares you for physical action. That’s great if you have a physical challenge to meet. However, in many stressful situations, a tense body will not help you at all!

The tension makes you feel like your muscles are tied in knots. You can’t relax, and that affects your sleep. You may feel grumpy or cranky because your tense muscles prevent you from remaining calm and centered. Concentrating on your work or your loved ones’ needs is also hard when you’re tense.


The tension caused by stress can also lead to pain. Your muscles, in a constant state of tension, can become painful and sore. This includes muscles throughout your body, such as your neck and back. As your heart reacts to the stress, your blood flow changes, leading to headaches, chest pains, and other pain issues.  If you gain weight due to the stress and release of extra cortisol, the excess pounds can cause you more pain.  You can read our blog, How Chiropractic Massage Can Help with Pain Relief, to learn more.

Sedentary Lifestyle

It’s common for people who are under stress to slow down or stop their physical fitness routines. If you are under a lot of stress, the tension and pain may prevent you from exercising enough. This can lead to weight gain, increased vulnerability to injury, and other physical and emotional problems. For many people, exercising seems impossible until the tension and pain are under control.

How a Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Stress

Chiropractic Anchorage AK Relieve Stress

So, how can a chiropractor help relieve stress beyond educating you? We may use many methods and techniques, with the two most helpful modalities being chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic massage therapy. Here’s what you can expect with these treatments.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Your spine contains a vast messaging center of your nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment is a treatment in which a trained professional applies force to a spinal joint to push it into a better position to improve the way your body works, moves, and sends those nerve messages.

After talking with you and doing an examination, your chiropractor creates a treatment plan. During treatment, they guide you to the right position to receive the best results. They use their hands or a small instrument to make the adjustments. You might hear popping as the joints move back to their best position. Don’t worry! You are safe, and your body will soon be more relaxed and your mind calmer.

Regular chiropractic adjustments are even better. By being proactive, you can maintain your spinal health and prevent the effects of stress before they happen. That’s why we recommend routine visits, even after your tension disappears.

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

Massages have been a go-to treatment for stress and tension, going back to at least 3000 BCE. Today’s chiropractic massage is a more advanced and specific method than was practiced in those days. This type of massage combines the methods of modern massage therapy with chiropractic training. While chiropractic adjustments address issues with the bones, especially the bones of the spine, massage works on the soft tissues.

Massage can immediately relieve the muscle tension you’re feeling, improve your blood flow, and decrease swelling. Chiropractic massage also promotes the healing of muscle fibers that have been damaged due to tension. In addition, this special type of massage can help keep your joints active and flexible, helping you avoid injuries in the future. At the same time, the soothing experience of massage can relax and refresh your mind, leaving you less susceptible to stress-related mental health issues.  Ask your chiropractor if regular Medical Massage Therapy can help you reduce or prevent the effects of stress.

Other Treatments and Techniques

Depending on the extent and location of your stress-related issues, Excellence in Health can offer you a variety of treatments. We recommend therapeutic exercise after your chiropractor appointment and teach you the best ways to perform it.  From therapeutic ultrasound to active therapeutic movement, our techniques can help you heal, de-stress, and get on track despite the pressure life presents you now and in the future.

Relieving Stress with a Chiropractor in Anchorage

At Excellence in Health, we provide an integrated approach to chiropractic care in Alaska. This includes services that help relieve tension and pain and reduce acute stress responses. Excellence in Health Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Clinic is here in Anchorage to help you recover from stress, car accidents, work injuries, sports injuries, and ongoing spinal and muscle health issues. We have long been a part of the Anchorage community, with Dr. William Ross and Dr. Blue Ross providing the best in chiropractic care. In fact, we earned the Best of Alaska award for both 2019 and 2020.

One of our goals at EIH is to help you learn more about your health and how to improve it. Beyond that, we provide the most advanced chiropractic treatments for various conditions that interfere with your health and well-being. We welcome you to visit us and find out about all we offer!

Would you like help with life's stresses and their resulting tension and pain? Schedule a consultation with our chiropractor today!

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