June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
FEELING TIRED BUT WIRED?
When you are under stress, your body responds by releasing adrenaline. Your heart rate increases, you breathe faster, glucose is pumped into your system and your muscles contract – essentially your body gears into “flight or fight response” and your muscles prepare to take action. A certain degree of stress is normal and necessary to keep us motivated, however on-going chronic stress may have severe effects on the nervous system and sooner or later our bodies start issuing some very clear warning signs:
TAKE THE STRESS TEST
- Brain fog or irritability: you’re forgetful, snappy, feeling fatigued or emotional?
- Sore muscles and pinched nerves: Your back aches, your shoulders burn, your muscles feel tired and your neck is pivoting on a tight wire?
- Headaches: More and more you’re reaching for those painkillers, which only offer you short term relief?
- Your sport is going downhill? You’re too tired to gym, you fatigue easily and you no longer have optimal speed or stamina? As soon as you get back into a regular fitness routine you seem to wipe out with frequent colds and infections?
- Anxiety: You’re restless, anxious and starting to sweat the small stuff?
- Fatigue: Getting out of bed in the morning has become hard work while going to bed is something your eagerly look forward to?
- 3am wakeup call? You’re waking up between 3- 4am every morning feeling wired and finding it hard to get back to sleep?
- Indigestion, heartburn, constipation, restless legs, joint pains, weakened immune system and fibromyalgia … all of these symptoms are indicative of stress overload and a compromised immune system.
EFFECTS OF LONG TERM STRESS:
Stress has a direct physical impact on the nervous system. When you’re under stress, your muscles automatically contract. The lower back and neck muscles in particular may react in defensive spasm which will be exacerbated by long hours in front of a PC, bad posture, lack of sleep and poor muscle tone. If stress is on going this muscular contraction locks in to the body structures (as body stress) and this may result in disruption to the nervous system. Stress may be physical (such as an accident or sports injury) or may be chemical or emotional in nature.
Over time locked in ‘body stress’ undermines our natural healing equilibrium and we move further and further away from optimal health . One will start to feel the gradual onset of pain or malfunction in the various body systems. This may start as a dull ache, sciatica, burning heels, heart burn and may gradually progress to full blown back ache, migraines, neck and shoulder mobility issues, hormonal imbalances or immune and digestive upsets.
RESTORING THE BALANCE WITH BODY STRESS RELEASE:
Body Stress Release (BSR) is a gentle and effective health technique which is concerned with accurate assessment and releasing of stored muscle tension in the body to improve overall health and wellbeing. BSR has a direct impact on the nervous system, which is why it has such far reaching effects. It’s not only helpful for over-stressed executive, it may be useful in various different pain scenarios where body stress is present – , from babies with reflux and children with growing pain, all the way through to those with severe back problems and joint pains.
Body Stress Release has a direct effect on the nervous system, and provides gentle intervention which boosts the body’s healing ability and restores the natural balance.
BSR SUCCESS STORIES
Back pain, groin pain, and daily headaches:
A 28 year old ex-professional sprinter and cycling enthusiast experienced shooting pains into the groin and hips, numb fingers and daily headaches. He also suffered from heartburn and his knees ached. He was hoping to get back into running again and wanted to start training but his body just wouldn’t co-operate.
He came for BSR as he desperately wanted to get back into training. He started to improve gradually and by the fourth session he no longer had headaches, his heartburn had subsided, he was sleeping better and his back stiffness had started to ease. After two further sessions, where stress in the hip and pubic joint was released, his groin pain subsided. He was able to return to his full time training schedule. Having addressed the underlying muscle stress which was disrupting the system he was amazed at how his sporting performance improved!
13 years of migraines:
A 42 year old man arrived complaining of severe upper back tension and weekly migraines that would last days at a time. He complained that his back felt tight and he had some referred pain down the left leg and into the right hip. His right shoulder blade was continuously sore and he’d had some problems with the right shoulder joint which had been treated with cortisone jabs. To add to the mix he had some sharp pains into the left arm, heartburn, sinus problems and IBS and he’d been living on a type of muscle relaxant continuously for 13 years – he knew this wasn’t working for him but found he couldn’t sleep without it.
After 3 BSR releases (over a period of 2 weeks) his headaches started to diminish in frequency. His back had become very uncomfortable at this time as the body went through a series of muscular adaptations and by the 6th release the pains into the hips and legs and withdrawn completely.
5 weeks after seeing me he’d managed to reduce his dose of the nightly muscle relaxant and 2 months after starting BSR he had weaned himself off this medication completely. By this stage he rarely had headaches and was sleeping really well. His IBS and sinus had improved and he no longer suffered with heartburn.
A 31 year old woman had walked with one foot rotated outwards, ever since a motor accident in her teens. She frequently woke with her lower back in a painful spasm. She underwent regular BSR over a period of 3 months. Her foot was restored to its normal position and her buttock muscles, which had been wasted, had rebuilt.
A woman in her mid-twenties was longing for a baby but her gynaecologist found that she was not ovulating. Also her knee and foot reflexes were absent, which implied some spinal nerve compression. She came to BSR because of long term lower back pain. After several months of regular releases her back had improved and she fell pregnant! She received another bonus as it turned out that she was having twins!
Babies and Children
A two day old baby could not suckle, as her tongue kept flicking to the corner of her mouth. After body stress was released in the neck she began suckling normally.
A five month old baby kept his arms in spasm against his chest and his gaze appeared to be unfocused. Cerebral palsy was suspected. After one session of BSR his arms relaxed. After a second session his mother reported that he was able to focus on her face and respond to her. Six months later his grandmother sent a photograph of him and a letter to say that his development was normal in every way.
AN INTERGRATIVE APPROACH TO STRESS MANAGEMENT:
The above case studies high light the physical effect of stress on the body, however our bodies are both physical and emotional systems. – To effectively manage stress one needs to address the emotional, lifestyle and physical stressors:
1) Pin point your emotional triggers, notice where you can make changes – identifying the stressors is the first step in regaining control.
2) Address the weak areas in your lifestyle and support the immune system with targeted supplements to combat the onslaught of stress hormones.
3) Reverse on-going damage by addressing the physical manifestations and physiological effects of stress to support the body’s overall immunity, functioning and nervous system response
And finally, remember that it’s never too late to make changes. Life is always about choices – and those choices define your destiny.
Read my account of my personal struggle with migraines – and how I made the choice to leave the corporate world and my successful media career to study Body Stress Release. It all came down to choices, and I chose health. www.unlockingtension.co.za
Sarah Davies, Body Stress Release: Milnerton Mediclinic. www.unlockingtension.co.za / 083 633 3819