What is Stress?
Stress refers to our body’s response to the pressures of challenging situations, our environment and the demands we place on ourselves.
When stressed, your body releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, which increases heart and respiratory rate, directs blood flow and resources to muscles and vital organs in favour of body functions that are not essential for immediate survival. This is commonly referred to as the fight or flight response.
Effects of Chronic Stress
Left unmanaged for extended periods of time, stress can have a negative impact on our overall health and well being, affecting all facets of our lives including our relationships, productivity, mental health and general quality of life. For people already suffering with chronic illnesses, stress can exacerbate their condition and reduce the efficacy of treatment plans.
Prolonged stress can leave you feeling fatigued, tense, anxious, burnt out or overwhelmed. Irritability, mood swings and even depression are also commonly associated with high stress levels. Stress can have long term physiological consequences such as heart disease, diabetes and digestive disorders.
The stress hormones increase heart rate and blood pressure, putting strain on the heart. Prolonged or recurrent episodes of stress can therefore lead to heart disease and increased risk of strokes or heart attack.
When stressed, your liver produces more glucose to provide your body with a boost of energy to take immediate action. Prolonged excess glucose production can lead to type 2 diabetes.
The body’s stress response can cause digestive problems such as nausea, constipation and diarrhea as well as heartburn and acid reflux due to an increase in stomach acid.
Other physiological effects of chronic stress include respiratory conditions, male and female reproductive disorders and a suppressed immune system.
In order to mitigate the immediate and long-term effects of acute and chronic stress, it is important to consider a variety of therapies and other interventions in your stress management plan.
How can Body Dynamics help?
Body Dynamics uses therapeutic interventions such as Bowen Therapy to effect positive changes in the nervous system, shifting the Autonomic Nervous System from sympathetic (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest and repair). This regulates hormone production, reducing chronic stress and its associated health risks.
In addition, Body Dynamics can provide general health and wellness advice to improve your stress management plan. With our modern, fast-paced, high-stressed lifestyle, an effective stress management regime is crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being.
Contact Body Dynamics to see how we can assist you with managing your stress.