Stress Relief

Stress relief.

Stress comes in many forms and affects each of us differently. It can be created by everyday life, and it can also affect everyday life. Many people feel the effects of stress physically, even if the root cause isn’t physical. Social, emotional and mental stress can cause symptoms of pain, inflammation and restricted movement—very similar to symptoms created by physical stress. Chiropractors can help you identify sources of stress, create a plan to help reduce those stressors, and treat their physical symptoms.

Exercise and Nutrition

Exercise has been shown to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress, and regular exercise, even just a walk around the block or your office, will help reduce stress in daily life. Exercise has an obvious physical benefit for your heart, lungs, muscles and bones. It can also help to decrease anxiety and depression, both of which can produce real physical symptoms. Many people have experienced the mood-boosting effect of exercise: Bringing more blood flow to the brain improves the body’s reaction to stress, as well as increases circulation to all of the tissues of the body.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, a diet that is well-balanced nutritionally can help reduce physical stresses such as obesity and high blood pressure. And studies show a correlation between proper nutrition and brain health. Chiropractors can help you with recommendations for nutritional modifications that can keep your stress at a minimum.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Stress

No matter where the stress is coming from, a visit to the chiropractor can help reduce pain, inflammation and difficulty moving. An adjustment to improve your spinal health will also help the body’s nervous system function at its best.

Massage therapy and/or trigger point therapy are great additions to chiropractic care for symptoms of stress. Research shows that massage therapy is an effective way not only to increase relaxation, but also to help eliminate physical stress that may be contributing to mental stress. Trigger point therapy is a targeted treatment for “muscle knots” (or “trigger points”). Those areas of tender and taut muscle fibers are often the result of stress, and trigger point therapy works to break up the muscle fibers to help them lie smoothly, promote circulation and relieve pain and tension.


Proper sleep is important for stress management. Most adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night. What is equally as important is how and when you fall asleep, as well as your waking time. While stress can affect your sleep, a good bedtime routine, including falling asleep at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning, will help you get the quality and quantity of sleep you need. Studies have suggested that going to bed an hour or more before midnight improves sleep quality. Massage therapy and chiropractic care can be essential for prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal pain that could get in the way of a good night’s rest.

People respond to stress differently, and there may be a variety of stress relief therapies and techniques that work for you. Please let us know if you need help finding the source of your stress or if you would like recommendations for the treatments that may work best for you.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.

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