Understanding Short-Term and Long-Term Stress Hormones: How Chiropractic Care Can Help Release Them

Are you experiencing short or long-term stress?

In our fast-paced world, stress has become an unavoidable part of our lives. Whether it’s work deadlines, personal challenges, or everyday pressures, stress can have a profound impact on our physical and mental well-being. When it comes to stress, it’s important to distinguish between short-term stress hormones and long-term stress hormones. This blog post aims to shed light on these two types of stress hormones, specifically cortisol, and epinephrine, and explain how chiropractic care can help release them. Read on to discover how you can regain balance and lead a healthier, stress-free life.


Understanding Short-Term Stress Hormones:

1. Epinephrine (Adrenaline):

    • Also known as adrenaline, epinephrine is the hormone responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response.
    • Released in response to acute stressors, such as sudden danger or a challenging situation.
    • Increases heart rate, boosts energy levels, and improves focus temporarily.


2. Cortisol:

  • Often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol plays a crucial role in the body’s response to stress.
  • Released in higher levels during prolonged or chronic stress.
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels, suppresses the immune system, and assists in metabolism.
  • Elevated cortisol levels can impact sleep by:
    • Disrupting the natural sleep-wake cycle.
    • Increasing alertness and making it difficult to fall asleep.
    • Reducing the duration of deep, restorative sleep.

The Impact of These Stress Hormones in the Long Run:

1. Chronic Elevation of Cortisol:

Prolonged exposure to high cortisol levels can lead to a variety of health issues, including:

    • Increased blood pressure
    • Weakened immune system
    • Impaired cognitive function
    • Weight gain
    • Sleep disturbances

2. Epinephrine’s Effects on the Body:

Extended release of epinephrine can result in the following symptoms:

    • Chronic anxiety
    • Digestive issues
    • Increased heart rate
    • High blood pressure
    • Decreased immune function

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Decrease Cortisol and Epinephrine:

1. Restoring Spinal Alignment:

  • Adverse mechanical cord tension and subluxations can contribute to stress and tension in the body.
  • Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper alignment and function of the nervous system by reducing nerve interference. This helps your body reorganize how it’s holding stress and tension and promotes relaxation.
  • By alleviating stress held in the body, chiropractic care can aid in reducing cortisol and epinephrine levels.

2. Enhancing Nervous System Function:

  • The nervous system plays a crucial role in regulating stress hormones.
  • Chiropractic care improves nervous system function and adaptability, enabling better communication between the brain and body.
  • By optimizing nervous system function, chiropractic adjustments help restore balance and adaptability to stress, and decrease the release of cortisol and epinephrine.

3. Reducing Muscle Tension:

    • Chronic stress often leads to muscle tension and stiffness.
    • Chiropractic adjustments help relieve muscle tension, allowing the body to relax and promoting overall well-being.

  • As muscle tension decreases, cortisol and epinephrine levels can also decrease, leading to a reduction in stress and its negative effects.

4. Promoting Balance and Adaptability:

  • Chiropractic care focuses on promoting balance within the body, both physically and neurologically.
  • By restoring balance, chiropractic adjustments enhance the body’s ability to adapt to stress and maintain overall health.
  • This improved adaptability can help regulate the release of cortisol and epinephrine, preventing their chronic elevation.


Stress is an inevitable part of life, but managing its effects is crucial for our well-being. Understanding the difference between short-term and long-term stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine, can help us take proactive steps toward stress management. Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to releasing both short-term and long-term stress hormones, allowing the body to restore balance and function optimally.

By addressing the underlying causes of stress and promoting overall well-being, chiropractic care can effectively decrease cortisol and epinephrine levels. This reduction in stress hormones can lead to improved sleep, enhanced immune function, better cognitive performance, and overall improved quality of life.

If you’re looking to regain control over your stress levels and achieve better overall health, consider scheduling a no-obligation free consultation with Wellness Rhythms. Our team of experienced chiropractors can provide personalized care and help you develop effective strategies for managing stress. Take the first step towards a healthier, stress-free life today!


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