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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mark Lique

The Link Between Your Stress and Your Spine


Your stress level and spinal health are linked through your nervous system.

Just think about what happens to you physically when you get stressed out.

Your muscles tense, your breathing patterns change, and often, so does the way you move. Changes in your posture, for example, can lead to neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and more – all in response to the stress you’re feeling.


Stress often triggers some cycle of pain or dysfunction, and the process is coordinated through your nervous, immune, and musculoskeletal systems.

Here’s an example. If you’re stressed out, you may notice you start to exercise less, which may lead to pain and stiffness, which may bring your mental health down, which may, in turn, lead to more stress.

You should know, our team can help you combat the effects of stress on your body.

Let’s look at an alternative…

  • Stress can affect your posture and the way you move.

  • That abnormal motion can lead to pain and inflammation.

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the body can help improve your posture, the way you move, and lessen any physical irritation to your nerves.


In short, movement is the best natural “medicine” for bringing down those stress levels and improving the way you move and feel. In fact, daily exercise has been shown to lower stress levels, elevate moods, and improve overall health.

Between workout sessions, gentle chiropractic adjustments to the body can help keep you moving well and keep any pains at bay so you can get the daily exercise you need to stay well this holiday season.

So, if you live near Haverhill and are looking for a natural way to relieve those aches and pains so you can get back to being active, we hope you’ll give us a call to schedule an appointment.


Neurophysiological Effects of Spinal Manipulation. The Spine Journal. 2002. The Interaction Effect of Posture and Psychological Stress. EHAWC. 2011.

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