Nearly one in three people view their lives moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% feel that stress has a moderate to severe impact on their health problems. We’ve identified some symptoms of stress, and some ways to approach natural stress relief.
Symptoms of stress
Stress has been linked with detrimental health effects including heart disease and even brain shrinkage
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?
Feeling irritable and defensive
Trouble concentrating or remembering
Tense, tight muscles
Anxious, jittery, or nervous feelings
Crying or feeling like I want to cry
Upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation
Having trouble making decisions
Frequent colds, viruses, or infection Increased use of alcohol, drugs
You may be suffering from stress.
How to handle stress
Having stress is not necessarily bad, but you need to be aware of the sources of stress and have a way to cope. There is no “right” way to handle stress – you need to find out what works for you.
Eat well. Good nutrition can improve your mood and your ability to handle stress.
Get enough rest, but don’t stay in bed to avoid problems;
Avoid using caffeine, cigarettes, or alcohol
Simplify your life by setting priorities for yourself.
Exercise at least three times a week.
Massage as stress relief
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress.
Improved circulation – Having an increase in blood flow and circulation to areas of your body helps promote cell growth and organ function.
Elimination of toxins through the skin – Skin eruptions are an indication of toxicity and the body’s attempt to eliminate them, so massage can increase the circulation to the skin and de-congest the pores.
The feeling of well-being – Massage increases the available levels of dopamine and this explains the satisfaction experienced during and after a massage.
Also, serotonin regulates mood and has a calming effect; a low serotonin level has been implicated in stress & depression, and massage seems to increase the level of available serotonin, producing an overall sense of calm.
The body secretes hormones into the bloodstream as a reaction to stress. Acupuncture can block the chronic, stress-induced elevations of these hormones leaving you with a sense of calm & relaxation.
Physiotherapy can assist decease stress levels through manual therapy. Manual therapy involves manipulation of muscles and tissues in the body. This technique is used to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and carry fresh oxygen to tissues in the body.
One of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension. This muscle tension can leads to misalignments of the spine and the other joints in the body. These misalignments can cause common conditions such as; back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractic adjustments correct these misalignments, reduce nerve irritation, improves circulation, and releases muscle tension.