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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Emotional Stress: The Invisible Enemy and the Power of Chiropractic Care


In our ongoing series about the three types of stress - physical, chemical, and emotional - we've explored how physical and chemical stressors impact our health and how chiropractic care can help us adapt to these stressors. Today, we're turning our attention to a type of stress that's often overlooked but can have profound effects on our well-being: emotional stress.

Understanding Emotional Stress

Emotional stress is a response to adverse or demanding circumstances. It can stem from various sources, including work pressures, relationship issues, financial worries, or major life changes like moving or losing a loved one. Unlike physical or chemical stress, emotional stress is often less tangible but can be just as damaging to our health.

Emotional stress can lead to a host of physical symptoms, including headaches, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, and even changes in appetite. Over time, chronic emotional stress can contribute to more serious health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

The Nervous System and Emotional Stress

Our nervous system plays a crucial role in how we respond to emotional stress. The autonomic nervous system, which controls our fight-or-flight response, is particularly involved. When we're under emotional stress, the fight-or-flight response can become overactivated, leading to symptoms like increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and heightened alertness.

However, our bodies aren't designed to be in this state of high alert all the time. Chronic activation of the fight-or-flight response can lead to wear and tear on the body, contributing to the health issues mentioned earlier.

Chiropractic Care: A Holistic Approach to Managing Emotional Stress

Chiropractic care can play a key role in managing emotional stress. By optimizing the function of the nervous system through spinal adjustments, chiropractic care can help balance the autonomic nervous system and mitigate the effects of the fight-or-flight response.

Moreover, by alleviating physical symptoms like headaches and digestive issues, chiropractic care can also help reduce the overall stress load on the body, making it easier to cope with emotional stressors.

The Role of Nutrition: Supporting Mental Health and Resilience

Proper nutrition is also crucial in managing emotional stress. Certain nutrients, like B vitamins and magnesium, are particularly important for supporting mental health and resilience. To complement your chiropractic care, we recommend the supplement 5-HTP Synergy™ from Designs for Health. This supplement is designed to support mood and relaxation, providing your body with the nutrients it needs to manage emotional stress.

Everyday Life and Emotional Stress

Emotional stress is a part of life. Whether it's the pressure of meeting a work deadline, the stress of financial planning, or the emotional toll of a personal conflict, emotional stressors are all around us. But with the right strategies, including regular chiropractic care and proper nutrition, you can enhance your resilience and navigate these challenges more effectively.


Don't let emotional stress take a toll on your health. Schedule your chiropractic adjustment online today at and start your journey towards optimal health. Our team at Dopps Chiropractic is committed to supporting you in all aspects of health, including managing emotional stress.

In our next blog post, we'll delve deeper into the ways chiropractic care can help manage stress and enhance overall well-being. Stay tuned!

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