Effects of Stress on the Body

Stress is known to be a contributing factor in disease processes.  However, the biggest factor is in the way our bodies deal with our perception of stress. 

                During the 40’s and 50’s stress responses began to be recognized as the cause of disease progression.  Dr. Hans Selye, the “Father” of the field of stress research introduced the concept of stress in a medical context with his theories on the role of organic responses to emotion, illness, and injury revolutionizing our understanding of the causes and mechanisms of disease and the mind-body connection.

                Stress itself does not have to be within conscious awareness.  It can be subconsciously connected to a past stress experience long forgotten.  That past vibrational frequency that was an irritant/stimulation can still have an affect on the body producing life-saving adrenaline – the chemical produced by the adrenal glands when a perceived danger occurs.  This adrenaline diverts blood flow from organs to muscles, increases heart rate and blood pressure giving the body a greater ability to confront danger.

                A chain reaction begins.  The adrenals pour adrenaline into the body, the body’s internal alarm system goes off (called the reticular alarm system), the sympathetic part of the Central Nervous System sends messages to shut down internal systems and organs not necessary for “fight or flight”(such as the digestive system, kidneys, bladder bowels and immune system).  Dr. Selye showed that increased adrenaline can cause a weakening of the heart muscle and ulcers in the stomach.  The adrenal glands enlarge to help keep up with the increased demand and eventually devitalize and lose their ability to produce satisfactory amounts of adrenaline.  Once this occurs, the stress response is compromised and the body’s ability to fight off the effects of stressors will ultimately end in illness.

                With so many stresses in today’s world it seems we all may be doomed to the ill effects of stress.  However, there is a way to tap into our body’s personal healing mechanism, quiet our reticular alarm system and be able to take up a new day relaxed and ready to meet the challenges of daily life. With Craniosacral Therapy the internal alarm system can be quieted bringing peace to the Central Nervous System and inviting the body to change and heal itself.  Once this therapy is experienced, the power of its ability to help maintain an appropriate stress response will be realized.

                Contact me today for a free consultation and discover how Craniosacral Therapy can help you combat the ill effects of stress and maintain a healthy vibrant life.

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