Can Chiropractic Care Help With Adrenal Fatigue?

A doctor holds a magnifying glass up to a kidney, zooming in on the adrenal gland.

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone how they are doing, they usually say they are “tired” or “exhausted”?

We live in a culture that encourages us to continually try to do as much as we can (or more) in a day, every day. This overwork mentality decreases the amount of time that we rest and recharge, both physically and mentally, leading to adrenal fatigue.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue? 

An illustration, titled "Stress Response," that shows how the brain and the adrenal gland are connected. The diagram shows that when the sympathomedullary pathway (SAM) is activated, it causes the adrenal gland to release adrenaline, which gets the body ready for a fight or flight response, causes arousal of SNS and reduced activity in PNS, slows digestion, increases sweating, and increases heart rate and blood pressure. The diagram also shows that when the hypothalamic pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is activated, cortisol is released, which releases stored glucose from the liver, controls swelling after an injury, and suppresses the immune system

Chronic stress is one of the most common causes of our lack of energy.

Functional medicine doctors call this type of fatigue “adrenal fatigue” because it can be caused by overused or overwhelmed adrenal glands, two small glands located above your kidneys. These glands produce different hormones:

  • Cortisol: Helps the body in many ways, from stress and immune support to heart rate regulation and circadian rhythm.
  • Epinephrine (Adrenaline): Triggers the body’s internal “fight-or-flight” response.

When these glands have been chronically overstressed and overused in response to repeated stressful situations, an individual may become immunocompromised or more susceptible to health risks.

Whether the chronic stress is from figuring out how to pay this month’s bills, work pressures, or trying to accommodate the demands of family and friends, the “hamster wheel” of life continues to go round and round.

Life will continue to be stressful, but it’s up to you to decide when to get off the wheel and take charge of your health.

Treating Adrenal Fatigue With Chiropractic Care

When we cannot naturally rise to life’s tasks and demands, we may turn to energy drinks or coffee to simply “push through the day.” This is not a healthy long-term solution to our lack of energy.

Chiropractic care and adrenal supplements are more long-term solutions that can help you achieve a more balanced lifestyle.

When a person becomes stressed, their muscles will typically become tighter, resulting in soreness. Those muscles are attached to the spine, which can pull vertebrae out of position, causing the spine to fall out of alignment and create more tightness and soreness.

Chiropractic adjustments can realign the spine, reduce pain and soreness, and create balance within the body. A balanced spine allows natural energy flow from your brain through your nerves to help your body function at its maximum potential. For some people, this is sufficient to help combat fatigue and stress, but others might need more assistance with supplementation to bring the body internally back to balance.

How Total Health Systems Can Help

Total Health Systems is a multidisciplinary wellness center serving individuals in Michigan. If you’re experiencing adrenal fatigue, schedule an appointment with us today. During your first consultation, you’ll take a comprehensive Wellness & Stress Assessment questionnaire. Then, we’ll provide personalized recommendations based on your responses.

If supplements are needed, we offer a wide variety of physician-grade products, including Metagenics (Nusera, Serenagen, etc.) and Standard Process (Adrenal Desiccated, B6, Drenamin, and more). Additional information on these supplements can be found on our website—if you have questions, our doctors and medical professionals are here to answer them.

Jennifer Hudson's Bio

Dr. Jennifer Hudson has been a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in Michigan since October 1993. She received a full academic scholarship at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. She completed her education at Marycrest College with a Bachelor of Science in Davenport, Iowa. It was there she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic.